Welcome to the INSIDER newsletter n°2! You will find here the latest achievements and results generated in the project, plus the new reports published and upcoming events in the field of nuclear and radioactive waste characterisation and management.
www.insider-h2020.eu - NEWSLETTER N°2
Danièle Roudil, Coordinator of INSIDER
Word from the Coordinator
Dear Reader,
Standing for “Improved Nuclear SIte characterisation for waste minimisation in Decommissioning and Dismantling operations under constrained EnviRonment” and launched in June 2017, INSIDER is a EURATOM Research and Innovation project coming halfway through. A solid methodological basis is now proposed, based on the first-year input data reports.
Some developments are already available on the project website or for next experimental studies:
  • User-friendly interface as a guide for data analysis and sampling design
  • Micro-system based Fe-55 extraction/purification device
  • Two D&D matrix Reference materials

The technical challenges are linked to the coupling of all the available and relevant measurement methods with sampling design through optimised data processing. The sampling design methodology has been applied to the INSIDER case study n°2 – Decommissioning of a nuclear reactor (on-site campaign and samples coming from the Belgian Reactor 3 (BR3)) and will be implemented soon in the INSIDER case study n°1 – Decommissioning of a back/end fuel cycle and/or research facility (tanks located at the Ispra site of JRC).

Thanks to the Interlaboratory comparison organised on critical raw materials (CRMs) and on real samples collected, the approach supported by the project can be fully implemented on real sites under decommissioning. At this stage, dissemination and future exploitation actions must be prepared. It is also necessary to highlight that the INSIDER End User Group is now structured and chaired by IAEA. Moreover, a cooperation with the European Learning Initiatives for Nuclear Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation (ELINDER) is effective.

Finally, the quality and innovative aspects of the INSIDER developments were recently emphasised during a successful mid-term workshop hosted in Bilbao by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Undoubtedly, they will lead to operational guidelines and support future standards.

I hope that you will enjoy this second newsletter, and will not hesitate to get in touch with us, either through our website, or Twitter and LinkedIn.

Danièle Roudil
President of the Commission for the Establishment of Analytical Methods (CETAMA), at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).
INSIDER partners met in Bilbao
With its famous Guggenheim museum, Bilbao is the Spanish city where the INSIDER partners gathered from 20-22 May 2019. In addition to a project meeting, around 60 participants took part in an INSIDER mid-term workshop dedicated to “Step change innovation in radiological characterisation”.
EURADWASTE, a not-to-be missed nuclear event
The 2019 edition of the EURADWASTE Conference took place in Pitesti (Romania) from 4-7 June 2019.  On this occasion, the INSIDER project, its main objectives, methodologies and initial results were presented during a session titled "Predisposal and disposal technolology development”. 
The INSIDER case studies validated
As a key requirement for the upcoming  analysis and expected results generated in the INSIDER project, the three case studies have been identified (Work Package 2 - Requirement and validation). They will take place in Ispra (Italy), Mol (Belgium), and France.
A software for statistical approach 
In Work Package 3 - Sampling strategy, the INSIDER partners worked on a first draft for a strategy for data analysis and sampling design based on statistical approach for initial nuclear site characterisation in constraint environments before decommissioning.
Reference materials in radiochemistry 
Ben Russell, from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and INSIDER partner, highlights the activities led in Work Package 4 - Reference materials and radiochemistry to produce a set of reference materials that will be used later in interlaboratory comparison exercise. 
Apply for the first INSIDER training course!
From 16-20 September, the JRC (one of the INSIDER partners) will host in Ispra (Italy) a training course on "Metrology for Radioactive Waste Characterisation and Clearance". Sven Boden (SCK-CEN) and Yvon Desnoyers (Geovariances) will respectively give lectures on "Radiological characterisation of installations" and "Advanced monitoring techniques for decommissioning and environmental remediation". 
Register here ››
 INSIDER received funding from the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement n° 755554.
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