Nuclear Science Contest 2022

>>>>> The photos of the award ceremony are available here <<<<<

To reward young people that entered the fascinating world of nuclear science, the BNS – with the help of its Young Generation, the Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK CEN and the Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials ONDRAF/NIRAS – organizes since 2004 a yearly contest for outstanding works related to nuclear applications in the broadest sense of the term.

This Nuclear Science Event is open not only for students to present their Master thesis but also to anyone (up to 36 years old included) who published a paper related to nuclear, whether it is at school, university or within a company. Candidates can choose to participate in one of the  categories listed above.

The BNS-YG Scientific Contest of 2022 will be organised on 15th of December and will take place at Tabloo (Gravenstraat 3, 2480 Dessel). During the contest, the winners of each category will be given the opportunity to present their work and receive their price. The contest will be followed by a reception.

Registration of candidates is now closed. The rules of the competition can be found here.

BNS-YG Scientific Contest: Laureates

Behzad Rezaeifar (First prize nuclear medicine and biology)

Hasselt University

A Deep Learning and Monte Carlo Based Framework for Bioluminescence Imaging Center of Mass-Guided Glioblastoma Targeting

Pieter De Meutter (First prize nuclear science and its applications)


Uncertainty Quantification of Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modelling Using Ensembles For CTBT Verification Applications

Willemijn Goossens (First prize NIRAS/ONDRAF award)

KU Leuven

A Compact CZT γ-Ray Detector for Nuclear Applications in Medicine

Simon Vande Kerckhove (Second prize NIRAS/ONDRAF award)

Hasselt University

Opstellen van een Realtime Gamma Dosistempo Model voor de ViNuS VR Leeromgeving

Ferdiana Hoti Krasniqi (Third prize NIRAS/ONDRAF award)

 University of Antwerp / SCK CEN

The Impact of Uncertainty Communication on Emotional Arousal and Participation Intention: The Psychophysiological Effects of Uncertainties on Experts

Simon Billiet (First poster prize)


Transient Fuel Tests in BR-2 with the Pressurized Water Capsule – Decomposing Gamma-Heating and Nuclear Fission Contributions

Gamze Colak (Second poster prize)

KU Leuven / SCK CEN

Infiltration of Porous Uranium Oxide Microspheres Prepared by Internal Gelation

SCK CEN Best Master Thesis Contest: Laureates

Kamiel Ceusters


Numerical study of cavitation in liquid-bismuth eutectic

Ciro Alfonso Cerviño

Politécnica de Madrid

Target accuracy requirements for MYRRHA

BNS-YG Scientific Contest: other contestants

Prabakaran D.S.

Chungbuk National University Hospital

Silencing of Fused Toes Homolog (FTS) Increases Radiosensitivity to Carbon-Ion through Downregulation of Notch Signaling in Cervical Cancer Cells

Henri Dumont

KU Leuven

Quantitative Assessment of Available Data on Hydrogen Flakes in Doel-3 and Tihange-2 Nuclear Reactor Vessels

Viktor Van den Bergh

KU Leuven

Towards Alpha Dosimetry with Laser Ionized and Mass Separated 225Ac: Setup Development and Source Characterization

Stef Geelen


Radiological Surveillance Using a Fixed-Wing UAV Platform

Kaat Spoormans


A Review on Tumor Control Probability (TCP) and Preclinical Dosimetry in Targeted Radionuclide Therapy (TRT)

Stijn Van Leuven

University Gent / KMI / SCK CEN

Sensitivities in Wet Deposition Modelling Applied to the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Wouter Aerts

Belgoprocess NV

Study on Aerosol Models for Worker Dose Determination

Thi Nhan Nguyen

KU Leuven / SCK CEN

Geopolymer – A Potential Candidate for Radioactive Waste Immobilization

Koen Vints & Joppe van Gemert

KU Leuven / The Binding Energy

Human Factors Risk Assessment

SCK CEN Best Master Thesis Contest: other contestants

Aitor Bengoechea Fernandez

Politécnica de Madrid

SANDY application for the analysis of nuclear data covariance.

Víctor Casas Molina

Politécnica de Madrid

ANICCA fuel irradiation models: a machine learner predictor as a function of initial fuel composition

Giacomo Caporale

Politecnico di Torino

Neutronics modelling of the BR1 reactor with the Serpent code

Federico Grimaldi

Politecnico di Torino

Nuclear data uncertainty quantification in fuel depletion calculations

Bernat Ballester Vazquez

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Monte Carlo time dependent modelling of the MYRRHA core based on Serpent2

Antoine De Barsy


Lead neutron data validation using integral experiments at VENUS-F and BFS zero power reactors

Marie Laure Vuyghe


Neutron spectrum unfolding at the VENUS-F zero power reactor

Enrica Belfiore

Politecnico di Torino

Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis for nuclear data of relevance in spent nuclear fuel characterization

Michiel Van Damme


Determining the vibration frequencies of a pump for a high density fluid

Sarah-Renée Gholam


Investigating microbial therapies to combat intestinal mucositis and dysbiosis in a mouse model for pelvic irradiation

Tim Wils


Radiation risk to astronauts beyond low earth orbit: an overview of technical, ethical and legal aspects

Yoni Belis


Identification and analysis of biomarkers for ionising radiation exposure in astronauts

Katrijn Quaghebeur


Development of a biosensor to measure space induced cardiac aging

Lina Cumps


Characterising the effects of lunar dust on T-lymphocyte activity

Kato Claeys


Moon habitations, exploring structural design concepts and analysing social proximity in a space analogue

Brent Reymen


Psychology in space: mental health assessment in space analogs

Joachim Marichal


Investigation of the impact of aperture on the secondary radiation field in proton therapy using a Timepix detector

Marcello Tenca


Synthesis of Nd-infiltrated inert matrix transmutation targets


Dec 15, 2022


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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