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The GIF Education and Training Task Force is organising a webinar series which will feature speakers from around the world, explaining why GEN IV reactor systems are crucial for the sustainability of the nuclear fuel cycle. The webinar series will be launched with a presentation by former GIF Chair John Kelly on “Atoms for Peace – the Next Generation” and will be followed by monthly webinars until September 2017.

Series 1:  Atoms for Peace - The Next Generation

This webinar provides a historical perspective on the Atoms for Peace program, which launched the development of nuclear power around the globe, and describes the current outlook for the development and deployment on the next generation of nuclear power.


Webcast: 29 September 2016
Presenter: Dr. John Kelly, Department of Energy, USA 

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Series 2:  Closing the Fuel Cycle

This webinar focuses on PWR nuclear fuel cycle steps along with alternative fuel cycle options. Explanations are given of the concepts related to the two methods for closing the fuel cycle (i.e. recovering the residual uranium and plutonium contained in spent fuel for reuse by wet PUREX and dry Pyroprocessing). The major issues to be considered for closing the fuel cycle are identified to provide an understanding of sustainability and nonproliferation.


Webcast: 19 October 2016
Presenter: Prof. Myung Seung Yang, Institute of Energy and Environment 
Youngsan University, Republic of Korea

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Series 3:  Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Design

Why is a 4th generation of nuclear reactors needed? And what are the most promising reactor technologies? The GIF initiative has led to reconsider some of the options adopted in the past and stimulated the investigation of new tracks for long term sustainable nuclear energy. To grasp the rationale for selecting Generation IV reactor systems and their main characteristics requires some basic knowledge in the fundamentals of nuclear reactor design. What is behind the terms “criticality”, “breeding”, and “fast or thermal neutrons”? How to choose the coolant, moderator, neutron spectrum, fuel materials and composition and to select the ad hoc combinations needed to design nuclear reactors that are in line with Generation IV criteria, in particular sustainability? This is the objective of this technical webinar targeting civil society stakeholders.


22 November 2016
Presenter: Dr. Claude Renault, CEA

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Series 4:  Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors

This webinar will give an overview of distinctive fast reactor characteristics and identify key performance benefits. A brief history of development and international experience with SFRs will be reviewed. Finally, the Generation IV international collaboration on SFR technology research and development will be described.


15 December 2016
Presenter: Dr. Bob Hill, ANL, USA

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Series 5:  Very High Temperature Reactors

25 January 2017
Presenter: Dr. Carl Sink, DOE, USA

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Series 6:  Gas Cooled Fast Reactor
22 February 2017
Presenter: Dr. Alfredo Vasile, CEA
Series 7:  Supercritical Water Reactors (SCWR)
28 March 2017
Presenter: Dr. Laurence Leung, CNL, Canada
Series 8:  Molten Salt Reactors (MSR)
25 April 2017
Presenter: Dr. Elsa Merle, CNRS, France
Series 9:  Fluoride-Cooled High-Temperature Reactors (FHR)
May 2017
Presenter: Prof. Per Peterson, UC Berkeley, USA
Series 10:  Lead Fast Reactor (LFR)
June 2017
Presenter: Prof. Craig Smith, US Naval Graduate School, USA
Series 11:  Thorium Fuel Cycle
July 2017
Presenter: Franco Michel-Sendis, OECD/NEA
Series 12:  Nuclear Fuel and Materials
August 2017
Presenter: Dr. Steven Hayes, INL, USA
Series 13:  Energy Conversion
September 2017
Presenter: Dr. Richard Stainsby, NNL, UK

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