BNS 50-Year Anniversary

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Your committee did not forget that we had the immense privilege of administrating the Belgian Nuclear Society during an important year of its existence, as it celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2020. It was even officially mentioned in the ANS Newsletter ! This is one milestone in the Belgian nuclear community that we could not let pass unnoticed, and neither could we let the virus crisis make us abandon our projects. For these reasons, your committee has been actively working for the preparation of a memorable anniversary event, first foreseen on the 29th of October 2020,. But the Corona virus and associated decisions did not allow us to organize it on that date. Therefore, and regarding the expected hope of real decrease of the pandemic for the second half of this year, we intend to organize this 50-years event just one year later, i.e. on 28th October 2021.

We are Belgian.
We promote Nuclear science and technology for the benefits of humanity.
We are a Society at the service of the people.
We therefore thought that the Atomium, built in 1958 in the era of the “Atoms for Peace” (from Ike Eisenhower), was the best place to celebrate this event!

Before the party, in our quality of a ‘learned society’, we will organize an interesting academic session. We are currently working at the preparation of a program that will gather major actors of the nuclear sector in Belgium and in Europe. We will also honor the historical partner of our society (ANS). Regarding its close location to the Atomium, and the unique atmosphere in its projection dome, the academic session will take place at the Brussels Planetarium.

Program and time schedule

PART 1: Planetarium (16:30 – 20:00)

16.30: Registration starts at the Planetarium main entrance hall. Badges, covid-safe tickets control.

17:00-17:30: Opening Doors at the Planetarium projection room where the academic session takes place.  Slide Show 50 Years of Nuclear in Belgium. Opening Words from the BNS Chairman Vincent Massaut

17:30-17:45: Film Planetarium: discovery of the season night sky. Doors will be closed during this short period (the conference room will be set in darkness).

17.45: Doors opening again. 

17.45-19.45: Conference with 6 THEMES (15 minutes main speaker + 5 minutes video capsule) 

  • Theme 1: The broad policy environment: Nuclear Energy and Sustainability
    Role of Nuclear in a sustainable energy mix: Samuele Furfari – Retired official EC DG ENER, member 100TWh and weCARE
    Capsule: Nuclear in Europe and worldwide: William Magwood IV – NEA, Director General
  • Theme 2: From NPPs operation to Advanced Technologies
    Perspectives from the Belgian Nuclear Industry: Denis Dumont – ENGIE Group (ENGIE/Electrabel/Tractebel)
    Capsule: Advanced Reactors and SMRs: Tractebel engineering
  • Theme 3: Sustainable Management of Nuclear Waste
    Developments in Belgium: Philippe Lalieux – Director, Ondraf Niras
    Capsule: Implementing Deep Geological Repository in Finland: Posiva Finland
  • Theme 4: Nuclear in Medical Applications
    An historical review from a Belgian perspective: Frank Deconinck – Prof VUB – SCK CEN SAC Member
    Capsule: Protect, Enhance and Save Lives: IBA-Group
  • Theme 5: Nuclear from Science to Demonstration
    MYRRHA – A Belgian New Frontier: Hamid Ait Abderrahim – MYRRHA Director SCK CEN
    Capsule: Belgian contribution to Nuclear Fusion: Jef Ongena – ERM/KMS
  • Theme 6: “BNS@International”
    BNS contribution to ENS: Fernando Naredo
    Capsule: A view from the other side of the Atlantic – Steve Nesbit, ANS president.

19.45-20:00: Conclusion: BNS Chairman Vincent Massaut


PART 2: Atomium (20:00 – 24:00)

Keynote speaker
How the Belgian Section of the ANS came to life 50 years ago
Pierre Goldschmidt: Co-founder of the BNS, former DDG IAEA

Keynote speaker
Looking to the future
Fabio Nouchy: BNS Young Generation Chairman

Final Message by Vincent Massaut: BNS Chairman

Cocktail with Belgian food & drink specialties

Pictures from the event

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Hourly Schedule


Oct 28, 2021


5:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Avenue de Bouchout 10, 1020 Brussels

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