Our History

The Belgian Nuclear Society was founded in 1970 as an academic society for the advancement of science and engineering related to the atomic nucleus and as a meeting point for the Belgians involved with nuclear energy in various organizations.

During its ten first years, the Society was a local section of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). It was one of the three first overseas ANS local sections established. Due to this historical reason, the Belgian Nuclear Society remains presently an ANS Affiliated Society.

In 1980, it became the ‘Belgian Nuclear Society’ and was linked to the European Nuclear Society (ENS) which had been created in Paris in 1975. Today the ENS is a federation of 24 national societies including several Eastern Europe national societies.

More information on the history of the Belgian Nuclear Society (BNS) is available in the following publication: “Un demi-siècle de nucléaire en Belgique – Témoignages”, Chapter 6.