Collaborating Centres - Europe

Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT), Warsaw, Poland (February 2010)

Radiation processing and industrial dosimetry

Poland's Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT), IAEA's newest Collaborating Centre The INCT has been collaborating with the IAEA in various capacities for many years in projects dealing with the application of nuclear science and technology to the fields of energy, environment, health, and agriculture. Their consultative work also contributes to the capacity of Member States in applying radiation technology to the management of agricultural and industrial waste and the decontamination of biological agents. The Institute operates six electron accelerators, including four at plants for food irradiation, sterilization, polymer crosslinking and two laboratory gamma irradiators. As an example of applied radiation technology to air pollution control, INCT developed electron beam flue gas treatment technology applied at an industrial scale.

This is discussed in the DOE report “Accelerators for America’s Future” as a future direction of technological advancement. Currently, INCT operates an accredited technological dosimetry laboratory where numerous Member States have undergone intercomparison test in order to maintain their effective and efficient use of radiation technology. In addition, the INCT trains a large number of IAEA fellows at their institute while also sending their own researchers to serve as experts at the IAEA.

Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (CNA), Sevilla, Spain (January 2010)

Accelerator based analytical techniques for the study of long-lived radionuclides in marine samples

El Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (CNA) in Seville inaugurated as new IAEA Collaborating Center The CNA has been collaborating with the IAEA’s marine Laboratory in Monaco since 2007 in two different areas: the determination of ultra-low concentrations of long lived radionuclides by accelerator mass spectrometry in marine samples, and the characterization of radioactivity bearing particles present in different environmental compartments. As an IAEA collaborating centre, their work seeks to provide Member States with state-of-the-art accelerator-based science.

In doing so, they aim to upgrade and expand the capabilities of Member States to use nuclear techniques in assessing marine environments, as well as gain a better understanding of the processes causing climate change and their past effects on the environment in order to predict possible future scenarios.

Reactor Institute Delft (RID), Delft University of Technology (TUD), Delft, Netherlands (February 2009)

Neutron activation-based methodologies of research reactors

The Dutch Reactor Institute Delft Named IAEA’s Collaborating Centre The Reactor Institute Delft collaborates with the IAEA under the programme “Neutron Activation Based Methodologies of Research Reactors” and provides research and development in neutron activation analysis, and quality assurance and management in reactor based techniques and research reactor operations. In addition, RID acts as a coordinator for an ongoing IAEA coordinated research project, called “Applications of Large Sample Neutron Activation Analysis Techniques for Inhomogeneous Bulk Archeological Samples and Large Objects.”

Since its inauguration, the IAEA collaborating centre for Neuron Activation Based Methodologies of Research Reactors has hosted an IAEA ICTP-RID Advanced Workshop and hosted three scientific visitors and provided training for one IAEA fellowship. The Centre has also prepared terms-of-reference drafts for training courses to be implemented in projects within the IAEA’s current and future workplans.

Central Agricultural Office, Food and Feed Safety Directorate, Budapest, Hungary (July 2005)

Production and characterisation of matrix reference materials

Inauguration of Hungarian Collaborating Centre The IAEA collaborates with the Food and Feed Safety Directorate in activities closely linked to the IAEA’s projects “Supporting Analytical Laboratory Performance” and “Reference materials for terrestrial environments.” Their objective is to enhance the reliability and comparability of measurement results obtained by nuclear and nuclear related analytical techniques in Member State laboratories through the provision of reference materials, the conduct of proficiency tests, interlaboratory comparisons and provision of training.

Recently, they have been working to develop and disseminate results of proficiency tests on the determination of naturally occurring radionuclides in water and other environmental samples.

Sincrotrone Trieste - ELETTRA, Trieste, Italy (April 2005)

Capacity building in synchrotron radiation applications

ELETTRA Laboratory designated as 'Collaborating Centre' of the International Atomic Energy Agency ELETTRA Laboratory was designated a collaborating center in recognition of their successful training and research activities in both developed and developing countries, and plays a leading role in the IAEA’s plans with regards to accelerator physics, synchrotron light and free-electron lasers.

Currently they are supporting the IAEA-ICTP Training and Education programme on synchrotron applications and fostering the training of scientists and engineers on the design, construction and operation of synchrotron beamlines.