The International Atomic Energy Agency has appointed the EPFL as one of its worldwide Collaborating Centers.

The EPFL has been officially designated as a Collaborating Center of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the areas of open source data and code development for nuclear applications. The IAEA is the leading global and intergovernmental organization for scientific and technological cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. It promotes the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear science and technology, contributing to international peace and security and to the United Nations goals of sustainable development.

The IAEA rewards the EPFL for its pioneering role in the creation of an international network of companies and research institutes that will develop an advanced and open-source simulation platform specialized in the analysis of nuclear reactors.

A paradigm shift in the nuclear field

In the canton of Vaud, the core activities of the EPFL Collaborating Center will be based on the promotion of research and development efforts that promote the concepts of open source and shared development. This will stimulate R&D activities and contribute to the safe operation of nuclear power plants by increasing synergies, minimizing inefficiencies while promoting networking and contributing to standardization.

"This will be a unique opportunity to work on a major paradigm shift in the nuclear sector towards an open, collaborative and efficient R&D policy," says Carlo Fiorina, the main initiator of this field and researcher at EPFL's Laboratory for Reactor Physics and Systems Behavior, headed by Professor Andreas Pautz.