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NCBJ wants to participate in development of new research facility in Russia

NCBJ is interested in the NICA project run in Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia (JINR). On the first day of 2nd international conference NICA Days 2017 held in Warsaw (November 6-10), a consortium of Polish research institutions interested in the project was established. On November 8 conference attendees were given an opportunity to visit some NCBJ labs in Świerk that may contribute to the project. ----

Representatives of the Chinese National Energy Administration in Świerk

Delegation of the Chinese National Energy Administration (NAE) headed by Mr. Liu Baohua, Deputy Director for Electricity and Nuclear Power, visited Świerk on November 6. The guests met with NCBJ management, were briefed by professor Krzysztof Kurek, NCBJ Director General, on NCBJ current operations and growth perspectives, visited the Maria research reactor and the Accelerating Structure Lab. ----

LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. ----

Science/local authorities/business meeting in Świerk

INNOMAZ 2017, the 1st Forum for cooperation between local authorities/science/business, will start on October 13, 2017 at 10 am at NCBJ premises in Świerk. The Forum has been organized by the Innomaz Association for the Mazovia Region Development in cooperation with the Warsaw University of Technology Faculty of Material Science and Engineering and with the Świerk Science & Technology Park. ----

9th International School on Nuclear Power

9th International School on Nuclear Power organized by Polish Ministry of Energy and NCBJ in cooperation with Warsaw University Faculty of Physics and State Enterprise Radioactive Waste Management Plant will be held on November 15-16, 2017 in Warsaw with two workshops organized on November 14 and November 17 in Świerk and Różan. Attractions for attendees include the "Direction: Mars" session and Professor A. K. Wróblewski's lecture commemorating 150th anniversary of Maria Curie-Skłodowska's birthday . ----

Trace amounts of Ruthenium 106 without any health consequences

NCBJ is constantly monitoring radioactivity of atmospheric air around Świerk. Recently Ruthenium 106 at trace concentrations comparable to those reported by other radiation protection stations operated in Poland was found. No other radioisotope at an increased level was found. That confirms Polish National Atomic Energy Agency conjectures concerning source(s) from which the isotope was released into the air. The observed small concentrations do not pose any threat to population health. ----

First detection of a gravitational wave by Advanced VIRGO

First simultaneous detection of a gravitational wave by the two US-based interferometers and the Advanced VIRGO European interferometer was announced during the meeting of Ministers of Science from the G7 countries. The observation made possible to roughly locate source of the emission, which marks a new era in astrophysics. PolGraw, a team of scientists from 8 research institutions in Poland, is a member of the VIRGIO collaboration. ----

HTGR consortium inaugurating meeting in Warsaw

International consortium established to accomplish the GEMINI+ R&D project will convene on its inaugurating meeting in Warsaw on 27 and 28 September. The project will focus on new technologies for high-temperature nuclear reactors capable to deliver technological (industry-grade) heat. Polish chemical companies are particularly interested in the project funded from the Horizon 2020 European Union programme. ----