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					                Announcement of ERMSAR 2007

      European Review Meeting on Severe Accident

                             Karlsruhe, Germany
                              12-14 June, 2007

                  Hosted by:
   Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (FZK)

                    FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    Sponsored by the SARNET Network of Excellence of the
                    European Commission

Deadline for Registration:         March 22nd, 2007
Extended to                        April 30th, 2007

On-line information is available at : , “EVENTS” page
1. Sponsorship

      The second European Review Meeting on Severe Accident Research (ERMSAR 2007) to be held on 12th –
14 June 2007 in Karlsruhe, Germany, is sponsored by the European Commission in the frame of the Severe Accident
Research NETwork of excellence (SARNET) launched in 2004 within the 6th FWP (Frame Work Programme).
ERMSAR 2007 is hosted by the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (FZK).

2. Background and Objectives

         51 organizations are networking in SARNET their capacities of research in order to resolve the most
important remaining uncertainties and safety issues for enhancing, in regard of Severe Accidents (SA), the safety of
existing and future Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs).
         This project has been defined bearing in mind the necessity to optimise the use of the available means and to
constitute sustainable research groups. SARNET tackles the fragmentation that exists between the different R&D
national programmes, notably in defining common research programmes and developing common computer tools and
methodologies for safety assessment. SARNET comprises most of the actors involved in SA research in Europe and
in Canada. A few organizations are covering a wide range of competences though not complete, whereas others are
specialized in very specific areas and thus complementarities are developing. The critical mass of competence for
performing experiments needed in the SA domain, analysing them, developing models and integrating them into
ASTEC (integral computer code used to predict the NPP behaviour during a postulated SA) is achieved for most
types of NPPs in Europe.

          To reach these objectives, all the organizations networked in SARNET contribute to a joint programme of
activities, which can be split up into several elements:
     • Implementing an advanced communication tool for fostering exchange of information;
     • Harmonizing and re-orienting the research programmes, and defining commonly new ones;
     • Analysing commonly the experimental results provided by research programmes in order to elaborate a
          common understanding of concerned phenomena;
     • Developing the ASTEC computer code, which capitalizes in terms of models the knowledge produced within
     • Developing Scientific Databases, in which all the results of research programmes are stored;
     • Developing a common methodology for Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) of NNPs;
     • Developing educational courses and text (source) books;
     • Promoting personnel mobility between the various European organisations.

          The outcomes of these programmes are models implemented in ASTEC and safety assessment
methodologies, which will be available for all the SARNET members, or other European organizations that would
like to use them for safety assessment or improvement of NPPs.

         SARNET provides an appropriate frame for achieving within a couple of years a sustainable integration of
the European research capacities on SA. By capitalizing the acquired knowledge in ASTEC and in Scientific
Databases, SARNET produces necessary conditions for preserving the knowledge produced by thousands of men-
years and diffusing it to a large number of end-users. By fostering collaborative work on developing and validating
ASTEC, SARNET makes this code as the European reference for any kind of water-cooled NPP existing in Europe.
By fostering collaborative work in the domain of code development and PSA, SARNET creates the necessary
conditions for harmonizing the approaches and making Europe a leader in SA computer code and risk assessment
methodology. Through a periodic review of priorities and co-programming of work amongst organisations, SARNET
allows a more efficient use of available means and budget. Through an education and training programme addressing
young scientists, SARNET consolidates on the long term the European excellence in the SA domain.

         As the end-products developed by the Network (ASTEC, PSA guides, scientific databases) may be used not
only for R&D activities but also for industrial applications, most of the European Industry and Safety Authorities (or
Technical Support Organizations) are contributing to SARNET. In return, the end-products of the Network that
capitalize the large amount of knowledge acquired in this area contribute to a better prevention and mitigation of SA
in European NPPs, including those of Russian design, and thus to the improvement of safety of existing and future
European NPPs.

         European end-users are mostly using integral computer codes and PSA methodologies developed in the
United States, which results in a strong dependence on the US technology. SARNET, by fostering collaborative work
in these areas, creates the necessary conditions for Europe to become a world leader in the concerned domains.
SARNET clearly becomes a reference, in terms of research priorities in the field of SA, having impact on national
programmes and fund allocations. Progressively all the research activities in this field will become strongly
coordinated by the Network, which contributes to an optimised use of European resources.
Through education and training programmes, SARNET develops synergies with educational institutions and thus
keeps attractive the concerned domain of activity for students and young researchers. This also contributes to enhance
and preserve in a sustainable way the European scientific leadership.

       The SARNET consortium decided to periodically hold a seminar where the major outcomes of the SARNET
Project could be presented and discussed.

3. Scope and Technical Content of the Seminar

        After the first ERMSAR, held in November 2005 in Aix-en-Provence (France), this second ERMSAR is
intended to provide an in-depth review of the progress achieved by the Network members during the first three years
of SARNET project. The applications of the results and their significance for severe accident analysis to power plants
are also to be addressed. Relevant results of the complementary research carried out at various laboratories will also
be presented.

       The agenda contains seven sessions organized as follows:

Session 1. Opening and overview
•      Overview of SARNET
•      Severe Accident Research Priorities

Session 2. Corium issues
•      Invited paper (overview of MCCI OECD program)
•      Achievements and status of research activities in the corium area
•      SARNET analytical activities results

Session 3. Containment issues
•      Invited paper (hydrogen program at AECL)
•      Achievements and status of research activities in the containment area
•      SARNET analytical activities results

Session 4. Source Term issues
•      Invited papers (NRC Source Term Research and Cooperation between ISTC and SARNET)
•      Achievements and status of research activities in the source term area
•     SARNET analytical activities results

Session 5. Code and method development activities
•       Invited papers (CSNI activities in the PSA2 field and Application of ASTEC to IPHWRS and VVER-1000)
•        ASTEC activities
•        PSA level 2 methodologies and activities

Session 6. Networking and knowledge management
•       Information and knowledge management
•       SARNET Experimental database
•       Excellence spreading activities

Session 7. General discussion – Conclusions and perspective
•       Summary of the sessions and perspective
•       General discussion

FZK tour
•      A visit of some Severe Accident related FZK facilities will be arranged on Wednesday June 13, in the

     The detailed programme and agenda will be periodically updated on-line at : at the
“EVENTS” page

4. Organizing Committee

       The SARNET Management Team has in charge the preparation of the technical content of the seminar, the
organization of the seminar and the preparation of the summary record. Its members are:

Mr. Thierry ALBIOL                        IRSN                FRANCE (coordinator)
Dr. Bernard ADROGUER                      IRSN                FRANCE (secretary)
Dr. Roland ZEYEN                          JRC                 FRANCE (secretary)
Dr. Walter TROMM                          FZK                 GERMANY (organization & registration)

Dr. Alessandro ANNUNZIATO                 JRC-ISPRA           ITALY
Dr. David BERAHA                          GRS                 GERMANY
Mr. Bernard CHAUMONT                      IRSN                FRANCE
Dr. Tim HASTE                             PSI                 SWITZERLAND
Dr. Christophe JOURNEAU                   CEA                 FRANCE
Dr. Leonhard MEYER                        FZK                 GERMANY
Dr. Bernd SCHWINGES                       GRS                 GERMANY
Pr. Raj SEHGAL                            KTH                 SWEDEN
Dr. Jean-Pierre VAN-DORSSELAERE           IRSN                FRANCE
5. Abstracts and Papers for the Seminar

       One-page abstracts (~200 words) should be sent by e-mail to the SARNET Secretary, Dr Bernard Adroguer
( with copy to Dr Roland Zeyen ( The dead line for Abstracts is
January 15th, 2007.

       A master copy of the full length papers should be sent to the SARNET Secretary, Dr Roland Zeyen
( with copy to Mr Thierry Albiol ( The dead line for full length papers is
April 15, 2007.

       The address, for B. Adroguer, R. Zeyen and T. Albiol, is:

         Bat 245
         BP3 – 13115 Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance

6. Registration procedure and fees

       Registration should be received before March 22nd April 30th, 2007 (extended).

       To register, the attached registration form should be sent by e-mail to Ms Sarah Bekouche
( with copy to Dr Roland Zeyen ( or by regular mail to:

         Ms Sarah Bekouche
         Bat 245
         BP3 – 13115 Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance

Participants from SARNET organizations (which are members of SARNET consortium), will pay a registration
fee of 150 € for each participant they will delegate or invite. In order to avoid useless fund transfers, the
corresponding fees will be deduced from their SARNET grant. This registration fee is not refundable if the
participation is cancelled.

Participants from non SARNET organizations will pay a registration fee of 300 € for each participant. This
registration fee is not refundable if the participation is cancelled.

7. Language of the Seminar

       The official language of the Seminar will be English.
8. Proceedings and Summary Report

       The proceedings of the Seminar will be published as a SARNET report and will be made available after the
Seminar. The Organizing Committee will also prepare a summary of the general discussions of the conclusion

9. Contact persons

      For technical information:
-   Bernard Adroguer, IRSN/DPAM [Tel: +33 (0)4 42 19 94 02, e-mail: ]
-   Roland Zeyen, JRC, detached at IRSN/DPAM [Tel: +33 (0)4 42 19 97 23, e-mail: ]
-   Thierry Albiol, IRSN/DPAM [Tel: +33 (0)4 42 19 97 94, e-mail: ]

      For practical information:

-   Walter Tromm, FZK [Tel: +49 7247 82 5509, Fax: +49 7247 82 5508, e-mail: ]
-   Beatrix Mühl, FZK [Tel: +49 7247 82 5524, Fax: +49 7247 82 5508, e-mail: ]

12. Meeting venue and practical information

      The meeting, hosted by the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmBH (FZK) will take place at:

      Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH
      Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
      76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

      More information is available at

      Click the symbol for English language (top right)
      Click "At a glance" and then "directions" for access information.

      Note that much more information is available under various other titles of the FZK web site.

      The conference room is in the FTU (Training Center, building 101 at the lower left of the attached plan: see
      page 8, after the registration form) which is located outside of the FZK fence, so no access permits are
      necessary. The Casino for lunch (building 211) is close to the FTU. The red triangle at the map marks the FZK
      main entrance.

      Hotel accommodations are planned in Karlsruhe where two blocks of rooms have been reserved in 2 hotels
      Final registration should be made by the participants (see details on the hotel registrations on the last three
      pages of this announcement). The bus transfer between hotels and the meeting room is arranged by FZK.

      More detailed information on these practical matters will be available on at the
      “EVENTS” page
                             PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM
                                                       ERMSAR 2007
                                                      Karlsruhe, Germany
                                                       12-14 June 2007

                            Hosted by the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (FZK)
                                                Organized by SARNET,
              Network of Excellence of the 6th FRAME WORK PROGRAMME of the European Commission

To be sent as soon as possible, and in any case before April 30th, 2007, to

Sarah Bekouche [ ], with copy to Roland Zeyen [ ]

Surname (Family Name) 1
Given Name (s)

Title or Function

Institution, Organization or
Company (full address)

Date of birth
Place of birth (City, Country)
Telephone No
Fax No
E-mail address
Title of the paper to be presented
(if any)

Name of the Hotel where you are staying at (if already defined)

            For participants from
     Non SARNET organizations,            a 300€ invoice will be sent to the organization by IRSN.

              For participants from
           SARNET organizations,          150€ will be deduced from the SARNET Grant on JPA4.

    Please indicate whether Prof., Dr., Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms.
Information on hotel reservation

Dear participants of ERMSAR 2007,

For the ERMSAR 2007 which will be held on June 12-14, 2007 at FZK, we have available a contingent of 100 rooms
in the following hotels:

Schlosshotel Karlsruhe                             80 bedrooms
Bahnhofsplatz 2                             Reservation Deadline: March 31, 2007
D-76137 Karlsruhe                                  Keyword: ERMSAR
Tel.: +49 (0) 721/3832-0
Fax: +49 (0) 721/3832-333

Hotel Residenz                                     25 bedrooms
Bahnhofsplatz 16                            Reservation Deadline: March 31, 2007
D-76137 Karlsruhe                                  Keyword: ERMSAR
Tel.: +49 (0) 721/3715-0
Fax: +49 (0) 721/3715-113

You are kindly asked to make the room reservation by yourself. Please take care about the deadlines for the hotel
reservation and do not overstep them.

We are also organising the transportation from the Hotels to FZK. Further details on this and other organisational
matters will be given to you later on.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

With my best regards

Simone Meyer zu Himmern

Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
Simone Meyer zu Himmern
Programm Nukleare Sicherheitsforschung (NUKLEAR)
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Tel.: +49(0)7247/82-5526
Fax: +49(0)7247/82-5508

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