In May, 2021 the first kick-off meeting of the ENEN-RU Joint Working Group was held in order to create conditions for building inter-university cooperation between Europe-Russia in the field of joint educational projects and academic research and development on advanced nuclear technologies. Because of the unfavorable epidemiological situation the meeting was held online. The group's work is aimed at cooperation with the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN). The thematic focus of cooperation is 5 promising topics:
- innovative reactor technologies;
- promising nuclear fuel cycles;
- decommissioning and management of SNF (spent nuclear fuel) and RW (radioactive waste);
- planning and evaluation of energy systems;
- non-energy applications of nuclear and radiation technologies.
The agenda for the first workshop:
- brief presentation of the participants, their organizations / universities, the existing projects with European universities and expectations from the work of the JWG;
- agreeing on the work plan of the JWG for 2021 and the preliminary plan for 2022;
- agreeing on the agenda of the Special event within the JWG "Advanced Nuclear Technologies and Their Development through Educational and Academic Cooperation" scheduled for the autumn of 2021 in full-time / part-time format;
- formation of the parameters of the joint educational project for submission in 2021 to the European fund HORIZON EUROPE.
NNSTU n.a. R.E. Alekseev was represented by Anton Ryazanov (assistant of the Department of Nuclear and Thermal Plants). His report "Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University n.a. R.E. Alekseev Training Course "NPPs with SMR: Main Aspects and Life-cycle"" allowed to acquaint European colleagues with the educational and scientific activities of our university in the field of nuclear technologies. As a result of the work of the JWG the prospects for mutual scientific cooperation were discussed between NNSTU and a number of European universities (University of Stuttgart (Germany), Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia)) on the topic of small modular reactors (SMR), as well as with the Academy of the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (Belgium) in the direction of nuclear reactors with heavy liquid metal coolants.