BNS 50-Year Anniversary
The year 2020 will definitely be one to remember.
There is the COVID-19 crisis, of course, which had an unprecedented impact on our professional activities, our private lives, and even our health. Fortunately, a popular saying reminds us that there must be calm after the storm. For instance, deconfinement has officially begun in our country, and you are probably already planning your next family reunion, social encounters, visit at a museum, at a restaurant, or even, we hope, your summer vacation. In the name of the executive committee, we sincerely hope that the COVID-19 crisis can be concluded on this positive note for all of you, and we wish you to recover from this traumatizing experience.
As you have noticed, the Belgian Nuclear Society did not interrupt its activities during the thrilling era of the pandemic. On the contrary ! We surfed on the wave of modernity, and we immediately adapted ourselves to the situation by successfully organizing two remote evening lectures in April and May, while the one of June will again be organized via videoconference. The show must go on! Even though, behind the scenes, your committee was truly missing your physical presence, and the possibility to meet you after the lectures at our traditional cocktail drink. We are definitely looking forward to meeting you again during our activities of the second semester!
Believe it or not, there is even more to expect from the second semester of the year 2020…
Your committee did not forget that we have the immense privilege of administrating the Belgian Nuclear Society during an important year of its existence, as it now celebrates its 50-year anniversary. 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. It is scheduled on the 29th of October 2020, at least as long as the Corona virus and associated official government decisions do not forbid us to concretize it.
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.