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Technical Visits

Currently, the following Technical Visits have been confirmed:


Technical Visit 1:  Research – Nuclear Research Reactor / RID, Delft: reactor and neutron beam lines.

The RID operates a unique, small pool-type research reactor that is not built to produce electrical power, but is a source of neutrons and positrons for research purposes. Since 2012 the potential of this reactor is further developed and expanded by the OYSTER (Optimized Yield-for Science, Technology and Education- of Radiation) programme. Within the programme several new scientifically competitive instruments are commissioned, have been built or are planned.


Technical Visit 2: Research – Outer Space / ESA, Noordwijk: outer space radiation doses.

The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, is the largest ESA establishment. ESTEC is a showcase for the Directorate of Human Spaceflight’s programmes and missions. Its role is to inform and advise users interested in ESA’s space platforms and ground-based facilities. It may be clear that working in space involves enhanced levels or radiation and is therefore an important safety issue. You will be welcomed at ESTEC and after a presentation a tour will be given through the technical heart of ESTEC to give you a deeper view of the life at ESTEC with an emphasis of radiation protection aspects.


Technical Visit 3: Industry – NORM Depository / Reuse Site, Maasvlakte: very low activity / NORM waste.

At the Maasvlakte site both a repository for NORM wastes is situated as well as reuse for certain types of NORM wastes is carried out on an industrial scale. Part of the technical visit will be an introduction the operations of this site together with some generic insight in the NORM waste options the Netherlands. Next to the introduction a visit to the site will be paid including the immobilisation options and the repository itself.


Technical Visit 4: Industry – Container Scanning / Customs, Rotterdam Harbour: scans of containers / nuclear detection.

Being one of the mainports of the World, Rotterdam has to handle around one quart of all goods entering or leaving the European Union. Cargo that is indicated as riskfull will be scanned with scanners that use linear accelerators and the images are analysed. For safety and security containers go through radiation detection portals to detect the presence of nuclear and radioactive material.


Technical Visit 5: Medical – Health Care / Philips, Best: medical scanning equipment and non-ionising radiation.

From a radiation protection point of view Royal Philips is a health technology company producing advanced medical systems from diagnostic imaging to image-guided therapy. The visit will comprise of a presentation on/by Royal Philips as well as a presentation on both ionising and non-ionising radiation aspects involved using these systems. Furthermore, a visit through the manufacturing hall is scheduled.


Technical Visit 6: Industry – Waste Management / COVRA, Vlissingen: (medical) waste management.

There are many producers of radioactive waste varying from nuclear reactor operators to mineral and-or ore processing industries (NORM). Radioactive waste must be prevented from contaminating our environment. So it is important that the waste is professionally collected, processed and stored. This visit focuses on the peculiarities of radioactive waste from medical isotope production.


Technical Visit 7: Studie Centrum Kernenergie / Centre d’Étude d’Énergie Nucléaire (SCK/CEN): nuclear energy, radionuclide laboratories, reactor technology, decommissioning and decontamination, waste management.

SCK•CEN is one of the largest research institutions in Belgium. Every day, more than 700 employees dedicate themselves to developing peaceful applications of radioactivity. Main research topics include the safety of nuclear installations, the well-considered management of radioactive waste and human and environmental protection against ionising radiation. In this visit both some lectures on the activities of SCK•CEN will be given as well as some more in depth presentations on waste management. A visit to several (laboratory) facilities as well as the underground laboratory (HADES) is planned.


Technical Visit 8: Industry – Uranium Enrichment / Urenco, Almelo: uranium enrichment.

URENCO exploits ultra centrifuges for the enrichment of uranium and/or the enrichment of stable isotopes of certain elements for medical or industrial use.


Technical Visit 9: Industry – Geothermal NORM / ECW, Middenmeer: NORM resulting from application of geothermal energy.

During heat extraction from well fluids in geothermal energy production unwillingly Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM – mostly in the form of scale, sludge or material filtered of) is encountered. With a visit to this site the participants will get an impression how a geothermal site is laid out and how the NORM residues are dealt with. A short refresher on geothermal energy production will be provided.


Technical Visit 10: Applied Science – KVI-CART, Groningen: applied nuclear physics, accelerator physics.

The KVI-CART performs basic research on subatomic and astro-particle physics and application-driven research on accelerator physics and physics in medicine. The cyclotron (1997) is capable of accelerating both light and heavy ions. The centre closely collaborates with the scientific community, healthcare and industry, on long-term solutions for science and society. Through the development of state-of-the-art detection techniques, KVI-CART fosters the cross-fertilization between basic and application-driven research.


Technical Visit 11: Industry – Application of (Non-)Ionising Radiation: process control by means of X-ray sources and (narrative) on measures to minimise NIR exposure.

Tata Steel applies various X-ray and/or radioactive sealed sources for process control (e.g. steel thickness or coating thickness
measurements). Next to this strong electro-magnetic fields may exist near e.g. induction furnaces. With a visit to this site the participants may have a view to the application of ionising radiation sources, while protection measures against the hazards of electro-magnetic fields will be elucidated in a presentation.


Technical Visit 12: Non-Ionising Radiation – Antennebureau, Amersfoort: Electro-Magnetic Fields & Radiation

The Antennebureau – the information agency of the Dutch government concerning antennas – wil be visited. Various types of telecon antennas will be shown and electromagnetic field c.q. radiation issues will be discussed.


The fee for these technical visits will be € 40 per person.