Thursday, February 11, 2010

Europe’s plain talk about nuclear energy

Budapest hosts annual PIME Conference for nuclear communicators

PIME201011 Feb (NucNet) The annual PIME meeting (conference website) for nuclear communications professionals begins in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday with three days of plenary sessions including a special showcase with presentations on recent communications developments.

PIME, the conference on Public Information Materials Exchange, runs from 14 to 17 February. According to its organizers, PIME is the annual focal point for professional nuclear communicators all around the world. It is the only conference of its kind designed especially for communicators in the nuclear industry and research communities – a unique international meeting that has grown in value and stature year-on-year.

Program notes

PIME revolves around a series of plenary sessions and workshops for people working in the nuclear energy and nuclear research communications sectors.

Welcome addresses will be given by Vladimir Sluge, president of the Slovak Nuclear Society and the European Nuclear Society; Eld Holló, president of the Hungarian Nuclear Society; and Péter Hónig, Hungary’s minister of transport, telecommunication and energy.

Other sessions include presentations by environmentalist Stephen Tindale, former head of Greenpeace UK, and James Gillies, head of communications at CERN, the Switzerland-based European Organization for Nuclear Research.

For the first time there will be a communications showcase with presentations from a number of organizations including the Swiss Nuclear Forum, the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group from the Netherlands, the Argentinean Nuclear Regulatory Authority and NucNet/World Nuclear Organization.

Reactor visit

On 17 February there are technical visits to Hungarian nuclear facilities including the Budapest Research Reactor (BRR) at Hungary’s Central Research Institute of Physics.

The BRR is a Soviet-origin tank-type reactor, moderated and cooled by light water. It is used for irradiation and neutron research.

budapestPIME is organized by the European Nuclear Society in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Brussels-based industry group Foratom and the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency.

More information

European Nuclear Society
Ms Kirsten Epskamp
Tel: +32 2 505 30 54
Fax: +32 2 502 39 02

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