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Dear colleagues,

Thank you very much for the enthusiasm you have shown to contribute to the ND2016 conference.

Together with our co-organizers OECD-NEA and IAEA, we from the European Commission’s DG Joint Research Centre welcome you to ND2016.

On Sunday 11 September we kick-off in the historical provincial court Het Provinciaal Hof on De Grote Markt in Brugge (Bruges) where you can register from 16:00 to 19:00 and enjoy a welcome drink with your partner at the reception from 17:00-19:00.

On Monday 12 September we start the conference with the keynote opening session in the concert hall Het Concertgebouw on ‘t Zand in Brugge. A stimulating view on future needs and main developments of interest to our field will be provided by the DDG of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Maive Rute; the DG of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, William Magwood; the DDG of the IAEA and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, Aldo Malavasi; the Scientific Director of the Nuclear Energy Division at the French Commission for Atomic and Alternative Energies (CEA), Frank Carré; the DG of the JAEA, Nuclear Science and Engineering Center, Shigeaki Okajima; the DDG of SCK·CEN, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Hamid Aït Abderrahim and Enrico Chiaveri representing the DG of CERN. Registration will be open from 08:00 and the keynote session will start at 09:30.

Still at Het Concertgebouw we will start the technical sessions on Monday 12 September at 14:00. On Monday evening at 18:00 you can enjoy a guided tour of Bruges, which is open to accompanying persons as well.

Technical sessions continue on Tuesday Morning 13 September at 08:30 at the Site Oud St Jan, Zonnekemeers in Bruges, at just a two minutes' walk from Het Concertgebouw. Technical sessions continue at this venue until Friday 16 September 13:00. For those who missed the guided tour of Bruges on Monday evening a second opportunity is given Wednesday evening at 18:15.

You and your partner are kindly invited to the conference banquet at the Stadshallen under the Belfort on De Grote Markt, Thursday evening 15 September starting at 20:00. The conference photo will be taken at the start of this event in the court of this historic landmark.

We wish you a pleasant journey to Bruges and hope to see you there from Sunday onwards. For suggestions on how to reach Bruges please remember to consult the travel directions on our website www.nd2016.eu.

Enjoy the conference.

Arjan Plompen
Chair of the ND2016 organising committee.

Fields of application
arrowInnovation in nuclear energy
arrowReactors and fuel cycles
arrowSafety of reactors and criticality safety
arrowWaste management and decommissioning
arrowFusion technology
arrowMedical applications
arrowRadioactive isotope science
arrowRadiation protection and shielding
arrowProtection of the environment
arrowAccelerator applications
arrowParticle physics
arrowBasic research
arrowMaterial science
arrowRadiation effects
arrowSecurity and terrorist threats
arrowNon-proliferation, safeguards and forensics
arrowEmergency preparedness
arrowApplication of nuclear technology
arrowEducation of nuclear science
arrowNuclear reaction measurements, analysis and evaluation
arrowNuclear masses, structure and decay data measurements
arrowNuclear reaction and structure theory, models and codes
arrowFission physics and observables
arrowSpallation, high and intermediate energy reactions
arrowNuclear physics of fusion
arrowAstro nuclear physics
arrowExperimental facilities, equipment, techniques and methods
arrowIntegral experiments, benchmarks and data validation
arrowImportance of nuclear data for reactor operation and safety
arrowImportance of nuclear data for other applications
arrowNuclear data in science and engineering
arrowMedical radioisotopes production
arrowParticle therapy
arrowProperties of medical radioisotopes
arrowNovel radioisotope production methods
arrowEvaluated libraries, processing and consistency
arrowEvaluation methodology
arrowUncertainty and covariance generation and propagation
arrowThermal scattering laws and libraries
arrowDissemination, data formats and storage
more information as it becomes available


ND2016 is the primary conference for the advancement of nuclear data in the interest of both science and technology. It addresses all important active fields of investigation: fundamental nuclear physics, astrophysics, nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, nuclear non-proliferation, safeguards and arms control.

Data characterizing nuclear structure, decay modes and reactions are of paramount importance in many fields of research and application. Design studies, safety analyses, interpretations of tests, benchmarks and experiments as well as the need to address fundamental questions in both basic science and applications rely on good quality nuclear data. Significant progress is being made towards more comprehensive in-depth physics modelling through improved computing and data handling. Access to good quality nuclear data is a well-recognized pre-requisite for such successful analyses and reliable predictions.

Establishing high quality nuclear databases tailored to the needs of very diverse fields of use encompasses activities that range well beyond a mere compiling of numbers reported in the literature. Areas where data are lacking, conflicting or of insufficient accuracy need to be actively identified and tackled by well-focussed experiments, modelling and evaluation. Complete databases must be established that are capable of serving all needs and tailored to the appropriate computing codes through proper regard of such aspects of physics as thermal scattering, self-shielding, anisotropy and the Doppler effect. Validation and verification of these databases in benchmarks, mock-up tests and responding to feedback from users are crucial steps towards adoption of a new nuclear data library by the end-users.

Breakthroughs in experiments and theory are often the basis of technological progress. Recognizing this important fact, ND2016 will provide an appropriate forum for the communication of developments in fundamental nuclear physics research that may be beneficial to the nuclear data and allow interactions and exchange of experiences among the applications communities.

The organisers of ND2016 invite all scientists and engineers interested in one of the topics of the conference to present their insights and achievements. The organisers are encouraging young scientists and engineers to participate through a reduced conference fee.

This conference is part of a series of previous conferences organized in:

  • Harwell, UK (1978)
  • Antwerp, Belgium (1982)
  • Santa Fe, USA (1985)
  • Mito, Japan (1988)
  • Jülich, Germany (1991)
  • Gatlinburg, USA (1994)
  • Trieste, Italy (1997)
  • Tsukuba, Japan (2001)
  • Santa Fe, USA (2004)
  • Nice, France (2007)
  • Jeju island, South Korea (2010)
  • New York, USA (2013)
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