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Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume 2012, Article ID 237371, 9 pages
Review Article

Spreading of Excellence in SARNET Network on Severe Accidents: The Education and Training Programme

1Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Industriale (DICI), Università di Pisa, Via Diotisalvi 2, 56126 Pisa, Italy
2Nuclear Safety Division, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), Cadarache, BP3, 13115 Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance Cedex, France

Received 18 August 2012; Revised 19 October 2012; Accepted 21 October 2012

Academic Editor: Leon Cizelj

Copyright © 2012 Sandro Paci and Jean-Pierre Van Dorsselaere. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The SARNET2 (severe accidents Research NETwork of Excellence) project started in April 2009 for 4 years in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission (EC), following a similar first project in FP6. Forty-seven organisations from 24 countries network their capacities of research in the severe accident (SA) field inside SARNET to resolve the most important remaining uncertainties and safety issues on SA in water-cooled nuclear power plants (NPPs). The network includes a large majority of the European actors involved in SA research plus a few non-European relevant ones. The “Education and Training” programme in SARNET is a series of actions foreseen in this network for the “spreading of excellence.” It is focused on raising the competence level of Master and Ph.D. students and young researchers engaged in SA research and on organizing information/training courses for NPP staff or regulatory authorities (but also for researchers) interested in SA management procedures.