Nuclear Science Contest 2021

Postponed to a later date for COVID-19 reasons.

Likely at the end of March 2022 – to be confirmed.

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. The BNS-YG Scientific Contest 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.

This year, these 3 institutions will offer to the young generation a long-awaited physical event on the 25th of November, 2021 at the SCK CEN Lakehouse, that will also be virtually broadcasted. Awards will be granted for the best original works related to nuclear science, whether it is a Master Thesis, a PhD work or a scientific paper. The awards will be divided in the following categories:

  • SCK CEN best Master Theses awards, for Master Theses prepared at the Belgian Nuclear Research Center
  • BNS-YG nuclear science award, for the best scientific work in nuclear science and its applications
  • BNS-YG award for scientific works related to nuclear medicine and biology studies related to nuclear science
  • Due to a low number of submissions, the ONDRAF/NIRAS award on waste management will be postponed to next year

A competition based on the submitted posters will complement the awards above, while the same posters will be exhibited during the event at the Lakehouse.

Prizes from the 2020 edition.


The rules of the contest can be consulted here.

BNS-YG Contest for nuclear science and its applications

Michael Heines

KU Leuven

Mass separation of Ac-225 for medical applications: First proof of principle at CERN-MEDICIS.

Anna Bianchi


Repeatability and Reproducibility of Microdosimetry With a Mini-TEPC

Ferdiana Hoti


Who is willing to participate? Examining public participation intention concerning decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Belgium

Maria Karampiperi

KU Leuven

Characterization of luminescent detectors for proton beam dosimetry using Monte Carlo techniques

Stephen Schouppe


Kernenergie in het tijdperk van klimaatverandering: een moraalwetenschappelijke analyse over het gebruik van kernenergie in de strijd tegen de antropogene klimaatverandering

Bram Van Den Borne

KU Leuven

Discovery and Characterisation of Long-Lived States in 116,118,120Ag using Collinear Laser Spectroscopy

BNS-YG Contest for nuclear medicine and biology

Bjorn Baselet


Unloading‑Induced Cortical Bone Loss is Exacerbated by Low‑Dose Irradiation During a Simulated Deep Space Exploration Mission

Lorain Geenen


Overcoming nephrotoxicity in peptide receptor radionuclide therapy using [Lu-177]Lu-DOTA-TATE for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumours

Nathalie Heynickx


The salivary glands as a dose limiting organ of PSMA- targeted radionuclide therapy: A review of the lessons learnt so far

Pol Laanen


Changes in DNA Methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana Plants Exposed Over Multiple Generations to Gamma Radiation

Charlotte Segers


Intestinal mucositis precedes dysbiosis in a mouse model for pelvic irradiation

Kevin Tabury


What can biofabrication do for space and what can space do for biofabrication?

SCK CEN Best Master Thesis Contest

Bonneux Cédric


Synthesis of DFO*-pPh-NCS: towards a bifunctional ligand for targeted radionuclide therapy

Gilis Boris


Phytoremediation of contaminated water: how do radionuclides and heavy metals affect each other’s removal by Lemna minor?

Hermans Rainier


Extraction behavior of radiolytic degradation compounds of methylated tetradecyl diglycolamide (mTDDGA)

Kolesar Filip


Separation of americium from highly active raffinates by the AmSel process and an innovative variant based on the ionic liquid Aliquat-336 nitrate

Marchal Shannon


Spaceflight induced cardiovascular diseases: lessons learned from space simulation models
Njoku Anayochukwu

IMT Atlantique

Global sensitivity and uncertainty analysis applied to the neutronics study of CEFR

Pollet Linde


Validation of ALEPH2 burn-up code using benchmarks from SFCOMPO

Rosso Judy

Politecnico di Torino

In-containment aerosol source team behaviour – Analysis in support of MYRRHA safety assessment

Van Rompay Cinthia


Investigation of the potential interplay of spaceflight conditions on the skin

Weygers Kirsten


Aerosol formation from liquid impingement in liquid metal cooled nuclear reactors systems

Registration for attendance

Come to the SCK CEN Lakehouse or connect remotely to discover the winners of this years’ awards, learn the latest advances in nuclear research and network with your peers. Virtual participation will be granted by Youtube streaming, the link will be available the day before.

Moreover, for BNS-YG members, starting from 14h the same afternoon, we will meet to discover the new communication centre of ONDRAF/NIRAS, Tabloo, in a première before public opening.


Mar 22, 2022

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