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No. 493

March 2006

There will always be a Frontier where there is an open mind and willing hand.—Charles F. Kettering


Resurgence of U.S. Nuclear Power Report 1

Changes to the Computer Code and Data Collection. 2

ANS Awards. 2


MCNPX Workshops. 3

Year 2006 MCNP Class Schedule. 4

ANS RP&S Division Biennial Topical Meeting. 5

NCRP 2006 Annual Meeting: “Chernobyl at Twenty”. 5

Training Course on Neutron Spectra Unfolding. 5

European International Radiation Protection Association Congress. 6

NA-YGN Annual Workshop. 6

30th Annual Actinide Separations Conference. 7

Monte Carlo User Group meeting MCNEG-2006. 7

Current Problems of Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy  (NPAE-Kyiv 2006) 7

PENELOPE Training Course/Tutorial 8

Practical MCNP for the Health Physicist, Medical Physicist, and Rad Engineer 8

PHYSOR 2006. 9

ISRP-10. 9

ICNCT-12. 9

First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment Planning. 10


ND2007. 11

International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems (ICENES 2007) 12



Resurgence of U.S. Nuclear Power Report

Research Reports International announces availability of the 1st Edition of The Resurgence of U.S. Nuclear Power. The report is an overview of opportunities for nuclear power in the U.S. electric industry and provides a concise look at the challenges faced by nuclear power, the ability of advanced nuclear reactors to address these challenges, and the current state of nuclear power generation. Topics covered in the report include:

·        An overview of U.S. nuclear power including its history, the current market environment, and the future of nuclear power in the U.S.

·        An analysis of key business factors driving renewed interest in nuclear power

·        An analysis of barriers hindering the implementation of new nuclear power plants

·        A description of nuclear power technology including existing reactors, as well as 3rd and 4th generation reactor designs

·        A review of the economics of new nuclear power projects and comparison to other generation alternatives

·        A discussion of key government initiatives supporting nuclear power development

·        Profiles of key reactor manufacturers participating in the U.S. nuclear power market

·        Profiles of leading U.S. utilities participating in the U.S. nuclear power market

The report comes in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and is available via electronic download, CD ROM or hardcopy for $399. For more information about the report or to order, call 303-670-0296 or click on http://www.researchreportsintl.com/products/product.cfm?report_ID=83. 

Changes to the Computer Code and Data Collection

CCC-684/NRCDose 2.3.6

Chesapeake Nuclear Services, Inc., contributed a newly frozen version of this suite of NRC's computer codes used for evaluating routine radioactive effluents from nuclear power plants.  NRCDose includes LADTAP II, GASPAR II, and XOQDOQ with a WINDOWS interface to facilitate ease of use.  It is intended for modeling routine, normal effluents under annual average environmental conditions and should not be used for accident dose assessment.

NRCDose runs on Pentium computers under Windows XP.  The distributed executables were created with Microsoft Fortran PowerStation Version 4.0 and Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0.  Source files are not included, so this code system can be run only on PCs under Windows. The package is transmitted on CD in Windows format.  References: “User’s Guide,” (November 14, 2000, revised 2003); NUREG/CR 4653, PNL 5907 (March 1987); NUREG/CR 1276, ORNL/NUREG/TDMC 1 (March 17, 1980); NUREG/CR 2919 (PNL 4380) (September 1982).  Fortran and Visual Basic; Pentium (C000684PC58605).

ANS Awards

ANS Fellows: Two new Fellows were recognized during the Honors and Awards Luncheon at the 2005 ANS Winter Meeting in Washington. Fellow is the highest grade of ANS membership and is presented to members who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of nuclear science and technology.

Hans Toffer for “outstanding leadership in nuclear criticality safety issues throughout the Department of Energy complex, and for dedication to excellence in the implementation of leading-edge technologies. These include waste tank moisture measurements using Cf-252, the multi-parameter Hanford Data Base for nuclear safety evaluations and applications, N-reactor safety upgrades and life extension, and the development of criticality safety consensus standards.” Toffer has been an ANS member since 1972. He is manager of criticality and shielding for Fluor Federal Services.

Lawrence W. Townsend for “outstanding contributions furthering the understanding of cosmic radiation interactions with matter, and for exceptional technical leadership in the development of interaction models, transport codes, and engineering methods for space radiation protection.” Townsend has been a member of ANS since 1995. He is a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

ANS Seaborg Medal was presented to Robert C. Block for “numerous excellent contributions to the nuclear data base for use in nuclear design through extensive experimental measurements of neutron cross sections.” Block is professor emeritus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has been an ANS member since 1967.

Eugene P. Wigner Reactor Physicist Award, presented to Massimo Salvatores for “sustained technical excellence in advancing state-of-the-art fast neutron reactor physics, and for visionary world leadership in the advancement of thermal and fast critical reactor and subcritical source-driven fast neutron spectrum concepts for sustainable, ecologically sound energy supply.” Salvatores, a member since 1979, is a scientific advisor at the CEA’s Cadarche facility.

Landis Public Communications and Education Award, presented to Garry A. Harris for “his broad, demonstrated, and continuous commitment to the proper communication and education of business leaders, legislators, educators, students, and the general public. Also, for his unwavering commitment to ensuring that frequent and accurate information on issues related to nuclear science and technology is clearly communicated.” He is president and chief operating officer of HTS Enterprise, LLC. He has been a member of ANS since 1998.

Octave J. Du Temple Award, presented to Connie H. Cherry in recognition of meritorious service to the Society by a member of the staff. The citation reads “Her professional focus, creativity, and diligence have contributed to the success of the Society’s governance operation. Her strong personal integrity, leadership, superior organization abilities, and high standard of performance are obvious in the work she has done to streamline procedures, build and maintain relationships, and reduce costs. … She is a valued asset not only to the governance, but to the American Nuclear Society in general.” Connie has been an ANS employee since 2000.

Local Section Meritorious Award was presented to the Oak Ridge/Knoxville Section and the Idaho Section for small and large sections, respectively, to recognize the outstanding activities and achievements of local sections.


RSICC attempts to keep its users and contributors advised of conferences, courses, and symposia in the field of radiation protection, transport, and shielding through this section of the newsletter. Should you be involved in the planning/organization of such events, feel free to send your announcements and calls for papers via email to riceaf@ornl.gov with “conferences” in the subject line by the 20th of each month. Please include the announcement in its native format as an attachment to the message. If the meeting is on a website, please include the url.

Every attempt is made to ensure that the links provided in the Conference and Calendar sections of this newsletter are correct and live. However, the very nature of the web creates the possibility that the links may become unavailable. In that case, please call or mail the contact provided.

MCNPX Workshops

Lead Teachers: Drs. John Hendricks, Gregg McKinney, Laurie Waters

Organizer: HQC Professional Services

Contact: bill@mcnpxworkshops.com

Information: http://mcnpxworkshops.com/ and MCNPX homepage: http://mcnpx.lanl.gov/

2006 Schedule

March 27–31


Cape Town, South Africa

June 12–16


Santa Fe, NM

July 17–21


Bologna, Italy

July 31–Aug 4 


West Point, NY USA

Sept 18–22


Santa Fe, NM USA

Oct 30–Nov 3


Tokyo, Japan  


MCNPX is packed with new and exciting plotting features, including numerous mesh tally options which can be superimposed on your geometry plot and plotted within the MCNPX run, eliminating the need for post-processing and costly additional plotting package(s).  You can plot particle flux, tracks, dosage, and energy deposition as well as source points and many others.

The workshops include hands-on instruction, generally on PC Windows machines. Subject to participant export approval from the MCNPX beta test team, participants will be able to access the Fortran 90 version of MCNPX 2.4, the LA150 (150 MeV) cross-section data for over 40 isotopes for incident neutrons and protons and 12 for photonuclear interactions, and a notebook of viewgraphs.

Follow-up consultation for class participants will be provided.

The classes are taught by experienced MCNPX code developers and instructors. More information on code versions and capabilities is available at MCNPX Workshops web site http://mcnpxworkshops.com/.

To register go to http://mcnpxworkshops.com/regform.html.

Year 2006 MCNP Class Schedule

April 17-21:

Intermediate/Advanced MCNP Topics

Los Alamos National Laboratory

June 12-16:

Introduction to MCNP

Los Alamos National Laboratory

July 10-14:

Introduction to MCNP


TBD - Aug-Sept

Advanced Criticality


TBD - Aug-Sept

Advanced Variance Reduction


Year 2006 classes will showcase the latest release of MCNP, Version 5. All classes provide interactive computer learning with time available to discuss individual questions and problems with MCNP experts. While MCNP supports a number of platforms, LANL class computers are usually PCs.  The class fee includes a notebook with all class viewgraphs and handouts, dinner the first evening, and snacks and refreshments provided during class breaks. Registration and the most current information can be found at http://www-xdiv.lanl.gov/x5/MCNP/classinformation.html. For information regarding the class in Japan - Contact: Dr. Tadakazu Suzuki - Research Organization for Information Science & Technology (RIST), (phone 029-282-8309,6335, fax 029-282-4282, email tadakazu@tokai.rist.or.jp, http://www.rist.or.jp/nucis).

Introductory classes are for people who have little or no experience with MCNP. This class surveys the features of MCNP so the beginning user will be introduced to the capabilities of the program, and will have hands-on experience at running the code to solve simple problems. Course topics include Basic Geometry, Source Definitions, Output (Tallies) Specification and Interpretation, Advanced Geometry (repeated structures specification), Variance Reduction Techniques, Statistical Analysis, Criticality, Plotting of Geometry, Tallies, and Particle Tracks, and Neutron / Photon / Electron Physics.

Advanced classes are for people with MCNP experience who want to extend their knowledge and gain depth of understanding.  Most areas of MCNP operation will be discussed in detail, with emphasis on Advanced Geometry, Advanced Variance Reduction Techniques, and other Advanced features of the program. Time will be available to discuss approaches to specific problems of interest to students.

ANS RP&S Division Biennial Topical Meeting

The American Nuclear Society Radiation Protection and Shielding Division Biennial Topical Meeting will be held April 3–6, 2006, at the Pecos River Village in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The conference will open with a keynote address by Dr. Glenn Knoll. Other outstanding plenary speakers will include Dr. Kenneth Shultis, Dr. Cassiano de Oliveira and other special speakers.

Workshops will be offered on April 2 and 6, both morning and afternoon. These continuing education classes with the time and location are listed in the conference website. There will be no charge to those registered for the conference for any of the workshops, although pre-registration is requested. Attendance at the conference will provide continuing education credits for various technical certifications depending on the degree of participation by the attendee.

Tours will be offered of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a licensed and operating deep geological repository for transuranic waste. The actual number of visitors WIPP can accommodate will depend on operational conditions and the work schedule of the facility. The WIPP site is a federal facility and advance notice will be required for a site visit so early registration is strongly encouraged.

The Trinity Site is also available to the general public independent of the conference on Saturday, April 1, 2006. The Trinity Site is the location of the world’s first detonation of a nuclear weapon.

The program and contact information for the conference can be found at http://www.ans-rpsw-carlsbad.com/.

NCRP 2006 Annual Meeting: “Chernobyl at Twenty”

The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) will hold its 2006 Annual Meeting April 3–4, at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The April 26, 1986, accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Kiev in the Ukrainian Republic of the Former Soviet Union was the worst nuclear power accident in history. Large numbers of people were contaminated in the Ukraine Republic, Belarus Republic, Western Russia, Western Europe, and Scandinavia. More than 200,000 people in the Ukraine and Belarus Republics were evacuated and resettled as a result of significant fallout from the Chernobyl accident.

On the twentieth anniversary of this disastrous event, the 2006 NCRP Annual Meeting will provide a comprehensive retrospective review and analysis of the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident on human health and the environment. Topics to be discussed by international experts include:

·        the initial release, distribution and migration of radiation from Chernobyl;

·        efforts to clean up, contain and dispose of radionuclides released by the accident;

·        health effects observed in emergency responders and cleanup workers;

·        exposures and health effects among populations living close to, and distant from, the Chernobyl reactor site;

·        lessons learned from the Chernobyl accident, including improved nuclear safety procedures, better preparedness for future nuclear accidents, and more effective management and mitigation of human health consequences of such events; and

·        international perspectives on the future use of nuclear technology and nuclear power in comparison with other power sources.

The program and registration for the meeting can be accessed at http://www.ncrponline.org/dates.html.

Training Course on Neutron Spectra Unfolding

This two-day training course on neutron spectra unfolding will be held April 7–8, 2006, in Cape Town, South Africa. The training course is organized by the Neutron Radiation Department of the Physikalisch-
Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig, Germany. Additional support is provided by EURADOS. The course is intended for those who do spectrometry in neutron or mixed neutron/photon fields and need to analyze their data using unfolding procedures; emphasis is on practical aspects of unfolding.

A series of lectures in the morning sessions will provide an introduction to unfolding as well as allow for discussions on the theory of unfolding. In the afternoon sessions participants will work on specific examples at PC-workplaces using the UMG software package provided by PTB (UMG: Unfolding with GRAVEL and MAXED, currently distributed by NEA as code package NEA-1665 and by RSICC as code package PSR-529). We will focus on Bonner sphere measurements for our discussion of few-channel unfolding, and on liquid scintillation spectrometer (NE213) measurements for our discussion of multi-channel unfolding.

The number of participants will be restricted due to the limited number of PC-workplaces available. Therefore, you should register as soon as possible. For on-line registration and further information please visit the website at:  http://www.ptb.de/utc2006/. Contact: Burkhard Wiegel, PTB, email Burkhard.Wiegel@ptb.de  The fee for the course is 800 Euro and includes a CD with a complete set of notes and unfolding software, as well as refreshments.

European International Radiation Protection Association Congress

The Second European International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) Congress, organized by the French Society for Radiation Protection (SFRP), will be held in Paris, May 15–19, 2006. The European Congress is a global forum on the radiological protection field and will provide a unique opportunity to present papers and participate in debate on subjects which will determine the future of this specialty, ranging from the scientific data and questions about biological radiation effects, to the regulation and practice of radiation protection. Details about the conference and registration information are available from the website at http://www.irpa2006europe.com/.

NA-YGN Annual Workshop

The North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) is offering its Annual Workshop May 16–17, 2006, in San Francisco, California. This professional development workshop theme is “Innovate & Rejuvenate: Act Today, Change Tomorrow” and will include on the program:

·        New Nuclear Plants: Inside and Out  An up-to-date overview of new reactor designs and what it would it take to build them.

·        The West Side Story  California faces unique concerns in our nuclear industry. This panel will help shed light on the various issues.

·        Addressing Security Concerns at University Research Reactors  A breach in security or just media hype? Join this panel to hear how the industry addressed the public’s concerns.

·        Spreading the Passion at the Grass-roots Level: NA-YGN Local Chapter Updates  Need inspiration or ideas? Check out what our NA-YGN local chapters are doing.

·        Six Sigma: Sizing Up the Industry  Find out how data-driven methodologies can have huge returns on investments in nuclear and non-nuclear organizations.

·        A Walk Down Memory Lane  Learning from our industry’s history helps us continue to be primed for our future.

·        Passing the Torch: A Knowledge Transfer Workshop  What’s the best way to share information from one generation to the next? Join together to explore a growing industry issue.

·        Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Tour  Interested in checking out particle physics research, the giant detectors required to observe subatomic particles and Klystron Gallery, the world’s longest building? We’ve arranged a tour on Thursday morning, May 18.

Complete workshop information and registration forms are available at http://www.na-ygn.org/pd/workshop.shtml.

30th Annual Actinide Separations Conference

The Environmental and Molecular Science Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, will host the 30th Annual Actinide Separations Conference May 22–25, 2006. Papers are being solicited for the conference topics which are:

·        aqueous separations, including solvent extraction and ion exchange;

·        pyrochemical technologies;

·        process development for waste management activities;

·        plutonium and fissile material disposition activities;

·        waste disposal technologies, including waste acceptance criteria for disposal sites;

·        advanced nuclear fuel process development and treatment;

·        materials characterization;

·        homeland security;

·        speciation;

·        medical isotopes; and

·        research and development activities associated with fission products.

Both oral and poster presentations will be considered. No part of the title or summary should contain UCNI. Submittal forms and details about the conference may be obtained from Cal Delegard (calvin.delegard@pnl.gov), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, MS P7-25, Richland, WA 99352 (phone 509 376-0548, fax 509 372-3861). Papers may be submitted by mail or electronically.

Monte Carlo User Group meeting MCNEG-2006

This year’s Monte Carlo User Group Meeting MCNEG-2006 will take place at City University, London. on May 25–26, 2006. MCNEG is the user group meeting for everybody interested in the use of Monte Carlo simulation for radiation transport calculations. Users of all Monte Carlo codes, including BEAM, MCNP, Penelope, EGS4, FLUKA, etc., as well as deterministic codes and home-made codes, are encouraged to attend our meetings. One-page presentation abstracts in electronic form may be submitted to r.price@city.ac.uk by May 1, 2006.

This year’s guest speakers include:

Dr Habib Zaidi of Geneva University Hospital, who will address “Monte Carlo in nuclear imaging systems” and “Quantitative imaging and dosimetry for targeted radiation therapy,” and

Dr Alfredo Ferrari, CERN and Developer of the Fluka code (TBC), who will talk on “The development functionality of FLUKA and its use for proton and C-ion therapy.”

Full details are available on our website at http://www.mcneg.org.uk/MCNEG06.htm or via e-mail from the organizer, Dr. Robert Price, Associate Dean (Research), School of Allied Health Sciences, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V OHB (phone +44 (0)20 7040 5670, email r.price@city.ac.uk).

Current Problems of Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy
(NPAE-Kyiv 2006)

The organizing committee for Current Problems of Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy (NPAE-Kyiv 2006) invites your participation in the conference which will take place May 29–June 03, 2006, at the Institute of the Post-diploma Education (http://www.ipe.univ.kiev.ua/) of Kyiv National University. The program will include invited talks and scientific presentations on the following topics:

·        Collective processes in atomic nuclei

·        Nuclear reactions and processes with exotic nuclei

·        Rare nuclear processes

·        Relativistic nuclear physics

·        Neutron physics and physics of nuclear reactors

·        Problems of atomic energy and future reactors

·        Applied nuclear physics and technique of experiments

Details and forms related to the meeting are available at the website (http://www.kinr.kiev.ua/NPAE_Kyiv2006/) or you may contact Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospect Nauky, 47, Kyiv, 03680, Ukraine (phone +38 044 525 39 49, fax +38 044 525 44 63, email NPAE-Kyiv2006@kinr.kiev.ua).

PENELOPE Training Course/Tutorial

The next PENELOPE training course/tutorial will be held from 4–7 July 2006, at the Facultat de Fisica (ECM), Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 647, 08028 BARCELONA, Spain. This course is addressed to researchers in radiation physics and its applications. The main objective is to provide participants with a detailed description of the 2006 version of PENELOPE, with an ample perspective on Monte Carlo methods for simulation of electron/photon transport. The reliability of the interaction models and the accuracy of the numerical methods and approximations implemented in the code will be discussed. Examples of simulation results and benchmark comparisons with experiment will be presented. The course will include practical sessions on the use of the generic main programs, PENCYL (cylindrical geometries) and PENMAIN (quadric geometries), and on the design of the main program for specific applications. Details and registration information can be found at http://www.nea.fr/html/dbprog/penelope2006.html.


Practical MCNP for the Health Physicist, Medical Physicist, and Rad Engineer

DATES: 17–21 July 2006 (4.5 days)

FEE: $1,450 per person

PLACE: The MESA Complex, Room 130, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus

The Los Alamos MCNP code is a general and powerful Monte Carlo transport code for photons, neutrons, and electrons. MCNP can be safely described as the “industry standard” with more than 600 person-years of development effort behind it. It is supported on a variety of platforms and is now accessible to health physicists, medical physicists, and rad engineers using desktop or laptop personal computers. This 4.5 day course introduces the basic concepts of Monte Carlo, demonstrates how to put together an MCNP input file, and illustrates some health and medical physics applications of the code. No prior knowledge of Monte Carlo is assumed.

All of the input and output files for the class demonstrations will be provided for self-study on a diskette. The course will focus on providing a practical boost toward learning the program and guiding the student toward useful applications. Extensive practice sessions are scheduled using a personal computer in class.

Registration is available online at: http://drambuie.lanl.gov/~esh4/mcnp.htm. Make checks (U.S. dollars on a U.S. bank ) payable to the University of California and mail with name, address, and phone number to: David Seagraves, Mail Stop J573, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Group HSR-4, MCNP Class, Los Alamos, NM 87545.

Inquiries regarding registration and class space availability should be made to David Seagraves, 505-667-4959, fax 505-665-7686, email: dseagraves@lanl.gov.  Technical questions may be directed to Dick Olsher, 505-667-3364; email dick@lanl.gov.

Richard H. Olsher


 The Canadian Nuclear Society has announced that the ANS Reactor Physics Topical PHYSOR-2006, “Advances in Nuclear Analysis and Simulation,” will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Sept. 10–14, 2006. The meeting is sponsored by the Reactor Physics Division of the ANS and co-sponsored by several international societies. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver.

You are invited to visit the meeting website at http://www.cns-snc.ca/physor2006/ to obtain updated information and to download a copy of the call for papers. The conference chair is Benjamin Rouben, FCNS Manager, Reactor Core Physics Branch, AECL Sheridan Park (phone 905-823-9060 x 4550, fax 905-822-0567, email roubenb@aecl.ca). The technical program co-chair is Ken Kozier, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada K0J 1J0 (phone +1-613-584-8811 + ext. 5059, email physor2006@aecl.ca).


The 10th International Symposium on Radiation Physics (ISRP-10) will be held at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, 17–22 September 2006. This event is organized jointly by the International Radiation Physics Society (IRPS) and the Physics Department of Coimbra University. The meeting is devoted to current trends in radiation physics research and will include a series of plenary talks given by prominent international researchers. The symposium in Coimbra is the latest in a series of triennial symposia which began in Calcutta in 1974 and continued in Penang (1982), Ferrara (1985), São Paulo (1988), Dubrovnik (1991), Rabat (1994), Jaipur (1997), Prague (2000) and Cape Town (2003). A 2½ day Workshop on the Use of Monte Carlo Techniques for Design and Analysis of Radiation Detectors will be held immediately prior to ISRP-10 (15–17 September 2006).

More information on the Symposium, the associate workshop, as well as on the venue, can be found at http://pollux.fis.uc.pt/isrp10. 


ICNCTThe Twelfth International Congress on Neutron Capture Therapy (ICNCT-12) will be held October 9–13, 2006, in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan. The meeting is sponsored by the International Society for Neutron Capture Therapy (ISNCT) with the society president, Yoshinobu Nakagawa of the Kagawa National Children's Hospital, acting as chairman of the organizing committee. The meeting will focus on the many significant developments that have been made in neutron capture therapy in biology, medicine, chemistry, medical physics and engineering, and clinical trials. Those wishing to present their work on a relevant topic may submit an abstract until the March 15 deadline. One of the highlights of the presentations will be the report of results from our Japanese NCT teams of clinical trials on brain, skin and head and neck tumors. Results of recent treatments on liver and lung cancers will also be reported. These treatments have been carried out using a combination of BSH and BPA which have yielded successful results. The most up-to-date information as well as registration and submittal information can be found at the conference website: http://icnct-12.umin.jp/index.html.

First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment Planning

 The European Workgroup on MCTP (EWG-MCTP) is sponsoring the First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment Planning, October 22–25, 2006, in Gent, Belgium. The conference theme is “Introduction of MCTP into the Clinic.” The workshop will offer the opportunity for scientists to exchange information, to develop new ideas and initiate international collaborative programs on the exciting and fast developing research domain of Monte Carlo treatment planning. This workshop will also provide an overview of the current state of the art to clinical physicists who are thinking of introducing MCTP into their clinic.

The venue of the meeting is “Het Pand,” a former Dominican monastery located in the historical centre of the city. The oldest parts of the building date from the 13th century and houses some valuable collections of the University such as the Museum for the History of Medicine and the ethnographical and archaeological collections.

Scientific sessions will consist of general talks and poster presentations. The research topics covered will be the following:

·        Industry – MCTPS

·        4D MCTP

·        General multipurpose codes

·        Dosimetry

·        Photon MCTP

·        Electron MCTP

·        Proton MCTP

·        Brachytherapy MCTP

·        Clinical studies

·        MC in optimisation

·        Portal dosimetry

Inquiries may be sent to N. Reynaert, Lab for Standard Dosimetry Gent, Gent University –FANC, Proeftuinstraat 86 – B-9000 Gent, BELGIUM (phone + 32 9 264 66 48, fax + 32 9 264 66 96, email nick.reynaert@ugent.be). Details and updated information can be found at http://www.ewg-mctp.ugent.be/.


The First International Conference on Physics and Technology of Reactors and Applications (PHYTRA1), will be held March 14–16, 2007, in Marrakech City, Morocco. This is the first International Conference organized by the Moroccan Association for Nuclear Engineering and Reactor Technology “GMTR” after a series of three national conferences. The objective is to provide scientists and engineers from different countries an opportunity to present their recent work in reactor physics and nuclear technology. Industrial vendors may exhibit their products and innovations in different domains related to reactor physics and nuclear technology. The PHYTRA1 conference will also be a celebration for the operation of the first research reactor (TRIGA Mark II) in Morocco which is expected to be commissioned in 2006.

Conference topics include:

·        Deterministic and Monte Carlo Transport Theory Methods

·        Reactor Core and Lattice Physics Methods

·        Physics and Computational Methods for Advanced Reactors

·        Reactor Theory and Reactor Concepts

·        Neutron Kinetics and Dynamics

·        Criticality and Safety Analysis

·        Fuel Loading Optimization and Fuel Design

·        Nuclear Data Analysis and Methods

·        Computer Codes and Benchmarks

·        Computational Methods for Research Reactors

·        High Temperature Reactor Physics and Methods

·        Reactor Thermal Hydraulics

·        Radioactive Waste Management

·        Research Reactor Utilization

·        Reactor Dosimetry and Reactor Shielding

A one-page abstract should be sent by June 15, 2006, via email, to Pr. A. Jehouani, Faculty of Sciences SEMLALIA, Dept. of Physics, University Cadi Ayyad- Marrakech Morocco (email phytra@ucam.ac.ma or jehouani@ucam.ac.ma, fax 212-44-43-74-10) or Pr. L. Erradi, GMTR President, Mohammed V Agdal University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, B. P. 1014 RABAT Morocco (email erradi@fsr.ac.ma or fax 212-0-37-77-89-73) http://www.ans.org/meetings/index.cgi?c=c.


The International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology will be held April 22–27, 2007, in Nice, France. The conference is organized by the Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA) under the auspices of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The General Chairs are B. Bigot, Haut commissaire à l'Énergie Atomique and L. Echávarri, NEA Director-General. Abstracts should be submitted by September 2006 on the following topics:

·        Nuclear structure and decay data

·        Experimental facilities and detection techniques

·        Nuclear data measurements and analysis

·        Nuclear theories, models and data evaluation

·        Standards

·        Evaluated nuclear data libraries and processing

·        Validation, benchmarking of evaluated data

·        Integral experiments

·        Uncertainties quantification

·        Data dissemination and international collaboration

·        Fission energy applications

·        Accelerator-related applications

·        Fusion technology applications

·        Dosimetry and shielding applications

·        Safeguards and security

·        Space, cosmic-ray applications, radiation effects on electronics

·        Astrophysics and cosmology applications

·        Medical and environmental applications

The most current information will be posted on the website at http://www-dapnia.cea.fr/Sphn/nd2007
and questions or comments may be addressed to nd2007@cea.fr.

International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems (ICENES 2007)

The committee for the 13th International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems (ICENES 2007) has issued a call for papers for the conference to be held June 3–8, 2007, at Gazi University in Istanbul.

The main objective of ICENES is to provide a broad review and discussion of various advanced, innovative and non-conventional nuclear energy production systems to scientists, engineers, industry leaders, policy makers, decision makers and young professionals who will shape future energy supply and technology. ICENES 2007 will also open the forum to innovative non-nuclear technologies, such as hydrogen energy, solar energy, deep space exploration, etc. with an emphasis on unthinkable ideas with a sound scientific-technical basis. The program will include invited papers, submitted contributions in oral and poster sessions, as well as an industrial exhibition and social tours. Topical areas include:

·        Advanced Fission Systems

·        Fusion Energy Systems

·        Accelerator Driven Systems

·        Exotic Nuclear Reactor Concepts

·        Transmutation and Fuel Cycle

·        Co-Generation and Non-Electricity Production Applications

·        Generation IV Reactors

·        Space Power and Propulsion

·        Deep Space Exploration, general

·        Nuclear Hydrogen Production

·        Radiation Protection & Shielding

·        Hydrogen Energy, general including non-nuclear applications

·        Solar Energy

·        Other Alternative Energies

·        Societal Issues

The official language of the conference will be English. Authors should submit abstracts of 300–500 words to abstract@icenes2007.org for review by the Program Committee.  Abstracts should include sufficient information to explain and support the new and significant results to be presented in the proposed paper.  The topical area appropriate to the abstract and the name and address of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed must be clearly stated at the top of the first page. Abstracts may be submitted in “pdf” or “doc” format via e-mail by September 22, 2006. Authors will be notified by November 17, 2006. The deadline for full papers is March 2, 2007. The proceedings will be produced on an interactive CD-ROM with an ISBN registration number. A selection of ICENES 2007 papers will be published in a special edition of the journal Energy Conversion & Management. Updated information will be posted to http://www.icenes2007.org/.


March 2006

TopNux: Securing the Future—The Role of Nuclear Energy, March 21–23, 2006, London, England. Contact: Dionne Bosma, ENS (phone 32-2-505-3054, fax 32-2-502-3902, email Dionne.boxma@euronuclear.org).

23rd Short Course Series on “Modeling and Computation of Multiphase Flow,” March 20–24, 2006, Zurich. Contact: Prof. G. Yadigaroglu, Short Course Multiphase Flow, ETH WEN B-13, Weinbergstr. 94, CH-8006 Zurich, Switzerland (phone + 41 44 632 4615, fa: + 41 44 632 1105, email yadi@ethz.ch) http://www.ascomp.ch/ShortCourse/Short-Course.html.

MCNPX Intermediate Workshop, March 27–31, 2006, Cape Town, South Africa. Contact: Bill Hamilton (phone 806-928-6021, email bill@mcnpxworkshops.com) http://mcnpxworkshops.com/.

U.S. WIN Region 2 Meeting, March 27–28, 2006, St. Lucie, Florida. Contact: Anita Bailey at Anita_Bailey@fpl.com.

April 2006

NCRP 2006 Annual Meeting April 3–4, 2006, Arlington, Virginia. Contact: http://www.ncrponline.org/dates.html.

14th Biennial Topical Meeting of the ANS Radiation Protection and Shielding Division, April 3–6, 2006, Carlsbad, New Mexico. Contact: Dr. Chuan-Fu Wu (phone 505-234-7552, email chuan.wu@wipp.ws) or Mr. Russell McCallister (phone 505-234-7395,email russell.mccallister@wipp.ws) http://www.ans-rpsw-carlsbad.com/.

Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry (MARC VII), April 3–7, 2006, Kona, Hawaii. Contact: B. Stephen Carpenter, General Chair, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 1090, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (phone 301-975-4119) http://www.min.uc.edu/nuclear/marc/.

Two-day training course on neutron spectra unfolding, April 7–8, 2006, Cape Town, South Africa. Contact: Burkhard Wiegel, PTB (email Burkhard.Wiegel@ptb.de) http://www.ptb.de/utc2006/.

International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (2006 IHLWM), April 30–May 4, 2006, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact: Daniel B. Bullen, General Chair, Exponent, 185 Hansen Court, Suite 100, Wood Dale, IL 60191 (phone 630-274-3223, fax 630-274-3299, email dbullen@exponent.com) http://www.ans.org/meetings/index.cgi?c=t.

May 2006

39th Annual National Conference on Radiation Control, May 7–10, 2006, Detroit, Michigan. Contact: http://www.crcpd.org/2006annualmeeting.asp.

2nd European International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) Congress, May 15–19, 2006, Paris, France. Contact: Technical Secretary, COLLOQUIUM, 12, rue de la Croix-Faubin, F-75557 Paris cedex 11 – France (phone +33 (0)1 44 64 15 15, fax +33 (0)1 44 64 15 16, email irpa2006@colloquium.fr) http://www.irpa2006europe.com/.

Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology, May 16–18, 2006, Aachen, Germany. Contact: dbcm GmbH, phone 49-02241-93897-23, fax 49-02241-93897-12, email jk@dbcm.de.

30th Annual Actinide Separations Conference, May 22–25, 2006, Richland, Washington. Contact: Cal Delegard, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, MS P7-25, Richland, WA 99352 (phone 509 376-0548, fax 509 372-3861, email calvin.delegard@pnl.gov).

Monte Carlo User Group Meeting MCNEG -2006, May 25–26, 2006, City University, London. Contact: Dr Robert Price, Associate Dean (Research), School of Allied Health Sciences, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V OHB (phone +44 (0)20 7040 5670, email r.price@city.ac.uk). http://www.mcneg.org.uk/. 

Current Problems of Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy (NPAE-Kyiv2006), May 29–June 03, 2006, Kyiv, Ukraine. Contact: Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospect Nauky, 47, Kyiv, 03680, Ukraine (phone +38 044 525 39 49, fax +38 044 525 44 63, email NPAE-Kyiv2006@kinr.kiev.ua) http://www.ipe.univ.kiev.ua/.

WIN Global 2006, May 30–June 1, 2006, Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. Contact: WIN Coordinator, Carol Berrigan (phone 202-739-8050, email clb@nei.org) http://www.win-2006.org/Win/.

June 2006

ANS Annual Meeting, “A Brilliant Future: Nexus of Public Support in Nuclear Technology,” June 4–8, 2006, Reno, Nevada.  Contact: http://www.ans.org/meetings/annual/.

International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP ’06), June 4–8, 2006, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Samim Anghaie, Univ or Florida, 202 NSC, Gainesville, FL 32611-8300 (phone 352-392-8653, fax 352-392-8656, email anghaie@ufl.edu).

Nuclear Fuels and Structural Materials for the Next Generation Nuclear Reactors, June 4–8, 2006, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Lance L. Snead, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6140 (phone 865-574-3560, fax 865-574-9942, email sneadll@ornl.gov).

MCNPX Introductory Workshop, June 12–16, 2006, Santa Fe, NM. Contact: Bill Hamilton (phone 806-928-6021, email bill@mcnpxworkshops.com) http://mcnpxworkshops.com/.

EXRS 2006–European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry, June 19–23, 2006, Paris, France. Contact: exrs2006@cea.fr, http://www.nucleide.org/exrs2006/.

July 2006

US WIN Meeting (WIN 2006), “Leadership, Education and Outreach in the 21st Century,” July 16–18, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact: WIN Coordinator, Carol Berrigan (phone 202-739-8050, email clb@nei.org) http://www.winus.org/.

47th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, July 16–20, 2006, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact: INMM (phone 847-480-9573, fax 874-480-9282, email inmm@inmm.org).

14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 14), July 17–20, 2006, Miami, Florida. Contact: Kim Punter (email punterk@asme.org).

MCNPX Intermediate Workshop, July 17–21, 2006, Bologna, Italy. Contact: Bill Hamilton (phone 806-928-6021, email bill@mcnpxworkshops.com) http://mcnpxworkshops.com/.

MCNPX Intermediate Workshop, July 31–Aug 4, 2006, West Point, NY USA. Contact: Bill Hamilton (phone 806-928-6021, email bill@mcnpxworkshops.com) http://mcnpxworkshops.com/.

September 2006

PHYSOR-2006, “Advances in Nuclear Analysis and Simulation,” Sept. 10–14, 2006, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Contact: Ken Kozier, Technical Program Co-Chair, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada K0J 1J0 (phone 613-584-8811 ext. 5059, email physor2006@aecl.ca) http://www.cns-snc.ca/physor2006/.

Workshop on the Use of Monte Carlo Techniques for Design and Analysis of Radiation Detectors, Sept. 15–17, 2006, Coimbra, Portugal. Contact: workshop@lipc.fis.uc.pt (http://pollux.fis.uc.pt/isrp10/workshop/index.htm).

ISRP-10, Sept. 17–22, 2006, Coimbra, Portugal. Contact: isrp10@pollux.fis.uc.pt (http://pollux.fis.uc.pt/isrp10).

MCNPX Intermediate Workshop, Sept 18–22, 2006, Santa Fe, NM USA. Contact: Bill Hamilton (phone 806-928-6021, email bill@mcnpxworkshops.com) http://mcnpxworkshops.com/.

October 2006

12th International Congress on Neutron Capture Therapy (ICNCT-12), October 9–13, 2006, Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan. Contact: ICNCT-12 Secretariat, Association for Nuclear Technology in Medicine, 2 Masumoto Bldg., 1-8-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, JAPAN (phone 81-3-3504-3961, fax 81-3-3504-1390, email ICNCT2006@antm.or.jp) http://icnct-12.umin.jp/.

First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment Planning, Oct. 22–25, 2006, Gent, Belgium. Contact: N. Reynaert, Lab for Standard Dosimetry Gent, Gent University –FANC, Proeftuinstraat 86 – B-9000 Gent, BELGIUM (phone + 32 9 264 66 48, fax + 32 9 264 66 96, email nick.reynaert@ugent.be) http://www.ewg-mctp.ugent.be/.

MCNPX Intermediate Workshop, Oct 30–Nov 3, 2006, Tokyo, Japan. Contact: Bill Hamilton (phone 806-928-6021, email bill@mcnpxworkshops.com) http://mcnpxworkshops.com/.

November 2006

ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo, “Securing the Future in Times of Change,” Nov. 12–16, 2006, Albuquerque, NM. Contact: Robert W. Kuckuck (phone 505-667-5101, email bobkuck@lanl.gov) http://www.ans.org/meetings/index.cgi?c=n.

March 2007

First International Conference on Physics and Technology of Reactors and Applications (PHYTRA1), March 14–16, 2007, Marrakech City, Morocco. Contact: Pr. A. Jehouani, Faculty of Sciences SEMLALIA, Dept. of Physics, University Cadi Ayyad- Marrakech Morocco (email phytra@ucam.ac.ma or jehouani@yahoo.com, fax 212 44 43 74 10) or Pr. L. Erradi, GMTR President, Mohammed V Agdal University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, B. P. 1014 RABAT Morocco (email erradi@fsr.ac.ma or erradi@hotmail.com, fax 212-0-37-77-89-73).

June 2007

ICENES 2007, June 3–8, 2007, Istanbul. Contact: Prof Dr. Sümer Şahin, Gazi University 06500 ANKARA/TURKEY (phone +90.(0312).212.43.04, fax +90.(0312) 212.43.04, email sumersahin@icenes2007.org) http://www.icenes2007.org/.

ANS Annual Meeting, June 24–28, 2007, Boston, Massachusetts. Contact: http://www.ans.org/meetings/.