The third edition of the Nuclear Corrosion Summer School (NuCoSS-23) is organized by Working Party 4 “Nuclear Corrosion” of the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC Event No. 488) together with the local host ZAG and will take place from July 2 to 7 (2023), at Hotel Špik in the beautiful alpine area of Slovenia. Below you find detailed information and the registration form. A flyer can be downloaded from here.

News

  • Two student grants offering free access to the school are sponsored by the EFC! More information and the application form can be found here.
  • More information has been added and registration has opened!

Important dates

  • Application deadline for the two EFC Student Grants: February 28, 2023
  • Registration cut-off date: May 1, 2023 (but the School and especially the student fees might be sold out much earlier!)

Please note that the number of attendees is limited! The spaces will be given away on a “first come – first serve” basis.

Background

Corrosion of nuclear materials, i.e. the interaction between these materials and their environments, is a major issue for plant safety as well as for operation and economic competitiveness. Understanding these corrosion mechanisms, the systems and materials they affect, and the methods to accurately measure their incidence is of critical importance to the nuclear industry. Combining assessment techniques and analytical models into this understanding allows operators to predict the service life of corrosion-affected nuclear plant and storage canister materials, and to apply the most appropriate maintenance and mitigation options to ensure safe and economic long-term operation and waste storage.

Objective

The summer school will cover all necessary topics, starting with fundamental electrochemistry, to provide a self-consistent understanding of nuclear corrosion issues. Internationally renowned experts (e.g., F. Scenini, D. Engelberg, R. Kilian, H.P. Seifert, R.-W. Bosch, P. Efsing, J. Noël, S. Ritter, L. Martinelli) will give lectures on the following topics (the programme will be available at a later stage):

  • Electrochemistry and corrosion (incl. hands-on experiments)
  • Overview on corrosion in the nuclear cycle
  • Corrosion in light water reactor plants (incl. monitoring & mitigation aspects and a focus on environmentally-assisted cracking)
  • Corrosion in nuclear waste disposals
  • Corrosion in Gen IV systems
  • Case studies and ageing management
  • Advanced technologies to characterize corrosion

Target audience

The summer school is primarily intended for people from nuclear authorities, industry and research organizations/universities who would like to get a comprehensive overview on the field of nuclear corrosion.

Between lectures – have some (networking) fun!

The schedule consists of morning and evening lecture sessions with plenty of free time in between, intended for networking and organized sport & leisure activities.

Location

The summer school will take place in Hotel Špik, in the beautiful alpine area of Slovenia (close to Kranjska Gora). The Hotel is situated about 60 km (45 min by car) from the International Airport Ljubljana (see map below).

Špik, Alpine Resort, Slovenia

Programme

The summer school will start on Sunday late afternoon (July 2) and end on Friday after lunch (July 7). There will be morning and evening lectures during the whole week, including at least one practical exercise session. The short CVs of the lecturers can be found here. A detailed programme will be available here later!

Common meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), accommodation and one social event are organised and included in the registration fee. More leisure and sports activities will be available at your own costs (see extra item below).

Registration & fee

The registration form is available below (please scroll down). A fee needs to be charged to cover the costs for accommodation, lecturers, meeting room, breaks and meals. A relevant part of the School costs is covered by our supporters/sponsors (see below)!

  • Student fee, single 3-star room: € 990.-
  • Regular fee, single 4-star room: € 1590.-

PhD and master students qualify for the student fee (proof required). The fee needs to be paid by credit card or bank transfer (an invoice/payment link will be sent to you (at the latest) 4 weeks after your registration) and includes: Access to the lectures; hand-outs (PDFs) provided as download; coffee/tea breaks; accommodation in Hotel Špik (3* or 4* room, check-in on July 2 afternoon, check-out on July 7 after lunch); 5x breakfast, lunch & dinner; access to the hotel’s pools; internet access; one social activity (on Wed. afternoon). EFC members will receive a € 20 discount (proof required).

The registration cut-off date is May 1, 2023, but please note that the number of attendees is limited and that the School and especially the cheaper student fees might be sold out earlier! The spaces will be given away on a “first come – first serve” basis. The general terms & conditions, incl. the cancellation policy can be found here.

Social/sport activities

Wednesday afternoon (for all who have signed up for it during registration): Bus trip to a scenic area in the Slovenian Alps. Please note that seats are limited and will be given away on a “first come – first serve” basis! Details will be added here at a later stage.

 

Optional activities for the other days (to be paid extra) will be added here at a later stage!

Accommodation

Rooms have been pre-reserved in Hotel Špik (Alpine Resort, Jezerci 21, 4282 Gozd Martuljek, Slovenia, phone: +386 4 587 7100, e-mail: hotel.spik@hit.si). If you register for the Summer School, the room reservation and charge from Sunday, July 2 until Friday, July 7 is included. Only if you would like to arrive earlier than Sunday or stay longer than Friday and/or if you would bring an accompanying person you need to arrange this directly with the hotel.

Travel information & visa

Travel information will be added later!

Please indicate in the special requests field during registration if you need an invitation letter for your visa application from the local host.

Organisers and contact

The summer school is organised by Working Party 4 “Nuclear Corrosion” of the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC event no. 488) together with the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG) as local host.

  • General point of contact: nucoss@ecg-comon.org
  • Local organiser, ZAG: Bojan Zajec (head organiser, nucoss@zag.si), Andraz Legat, Tadeja Kosec, Miha Hren
  • International organizing committee: Stefan Ritter, PSI (co-head organiser, webmaster@ecg-comon.org), Laure Martinelli, CEA; Dirk Engelberg & Fabio Scenini, University of Manchester-MPC

Other information

Helpful links:

Sponsors and supporters

The support by the following organisations is gratefully acknowledged!