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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-05-30 - 2023-05-29

The Reduction of Radiological Consequences of design basis and extension Accidents (R2CA) project targets the development of harmonized methodologies and innovative management approach and safety devices for the evaluation and for the reduction of the consequences of DBA and DEC-A accidents in operating and foreseen nuclear power plants in Europe. For both purposes development of methodologies will be conducted with the goal of reassessing the safety margins using less conservative approaches and considering the new risks that rose from the original design or design extension phases. This will reinforce the confidence on these safety margins for conditions up to the extended design domain, will allow the identification of new accident management measures and devices and will support the optimization of the potential associated emergency population protection measures. Improvement of evaluations tools will be supported by the reassessment of the existing experimental and analytical databases. The efficiency of the approach will be demonstrated by comparing at start and then at the end of the project the results of the evaluation of a series of reactor cases selected by a senior expert group among two main categories: loss of coolant accidents and steam generator tube rupture accidents. Detailed analyzes of these reactor cases simulations will suggest the development of harmonized evaluation methodologies. The project will include also innovative actions to estimate the pros and cons of potential new accident management measures and devices, to explore the potential switch of prognosis evaluation tools to the diagnosis of on-going fuel cladding failure and to explore the potentiality for these accidental situations of advanced technological fuels.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-01-01 - 2019-12-31

The pilot study should provide the basis for a more comprehensive study that a) investigates the possible potential for conflict that is inherent to gene drives and b) explores the measures that are best suited to address such threats. Crucial, however, is the question of whether gene drives have the potential to be used as a weapon. In addition, it must be clarified in what way conflicts can arise or be promoted from their intended use for peaceful purposes.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-01-01 - 2022-12-31

The main objective of NANORIGO (NANOtechnology RIsk Governance) is to develop and implement a transparent, transdisciplinary and science-based Risk Governance Framework (RGF) for managing nanotechnology risks regarding social, environmental and economic benefits. A new risk management approach is formed based on available high-quality data and advanced scientific tools developed for industry and regulators decision-making, and communication with all stakeholders (regulators, industries, politicians, the civil society). The RGF will use a life-cycle perspective and integrate available knowledge on ethical, social, environmental and economic concerns into a user-friendly format that can be easily adapted and transferred into regulation for hazard, exposure and risk assessment and management of nanomaterials. It will consist of: (i) risk management strategies based on reinforced tools for guidance and decision-making developed for risk assessment, (ii) validated methodologies to identify potential hazard and exposure, and (iii) a web-based information and communication platform to facilitate access to good quality data and a clear risk understanding of stakeholders, and their valuable feedback. The NANORIGO work plan consists of 7 work packages covering all major risk governance aspects. A self-sustained European Risk Governance Council (ERGC) will be installed and implemented by NANORIGO and all relevant stakeholders, and embedded in relevant international structures, in close cooperation with the International Risk Governance Center (IRGC). Case studies will demonstrate the sustainability of solutions and their consistent integration into regulatory applications under real conditions. Bringing all stakeholders together under a common umbrella will allow to share and integrate the most appropriate governance tools, frameworks and plans for future science and regulatory research and foster consistency of management approaches in the EU and synergies internationally.

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