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Multi-purpose Hybrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications (MYRRHA) Phase 1, webinar

  • Webinar
  • 30 September 2021
  • 17:30 - 18:30
Multi-purpose Hybrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications (MYRRHA) Phase 1, webinar

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Event number: 2611 215 2524
Event password: GvpdgJ3JG87

SCK•CEN is at the forefront of Heavy Liquid Metal (HLM) nuclear technology worldwide with the development of the Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications (MYRRHA) accelerator driven system (ADS).

MYRRHA is proposed to the international community of nuclear energy and nuclear physics as a pan-European large research infrastructure to serve as a multipurpose fast spectrum irradiation facility for various fields of research such as; transmutation of High Level Waste (HLW), material and fuel research for Gen.IV reactors, material for fusion energy, innovative radioisotopes development and production and for fundamental physics.

On September 7, 2018 the Belgian federal government decided to build this large research infrastructure. This presentation will focus on the status of the MYRRHA project as a whole and  MYRRHA Phase-1 foreseen to be ready by 2026.

This webinar will be presented by Professor Dr Hamid Aït Abderrahim who is the Deputy Director-General of SCK•CEN, the Belgian nuclear research center.

Please note the local start times:

17:30 hours (British Summer Time), 18:30 hours (European Summer Time)


Professor Dr Hamid Ait Abderrahim, your speaker

Professor at Institut de Mécanique, Matériaux et Génie Civil – iMMC (UCL,) Deputy Director-General for International Affairs of SCK•CEN and Director MYRRHA project. Past-Chairman of SNETP - Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform and Vice-Chair of the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) of OECD/NEA

Hamid Aït Abderrahim

Professor  Dr. Hamid Aït Abderrahim is the Deputy Director-General of SCK•CEN , the Belgian nuclear research center. He lectures reactor physics and nuclear engineering at the "Université Catholique de Louvain" (UCLouvain) at the mechanical engineering department of the "Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (EPL )".

Since 1998, he has been the director of the MYRRHA project, an accelerator driven system (ADS) coupling a sub-critical Pb-Bi cooled reactor and a high power proton linear accelerator through a spallation target.

He is or has been coordinator of various projects of the European Commission framework programme related to advanced nuclear systems and the advanced nuclear fuel cycle.

Professor  Dr. Hamid Aït Abderrahim is member of various scientific councils or research organisations or international institutes, such as National Council of the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office or  SNETP - Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform.

He is author of more than 100 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences.

In February 2015, Professor  Dr. Hamid Aït Abderrahim received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa at the Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania for his personal achievements and his long term collaboration with the Kaunas University of Technology and more specifically with the Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute.


Hamid Aït Abderrahim

Your host Erik is the ICE rep for Belgium and Luxembourg. He is an experienced Chartered Engineer and a registered International Professional Engineer who holds engineering degrees from the Universities of Antwerp, Liverpool and Plymouth. He has amassed over 20 years of international civil engineering and construction experience.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a CEDR accredited mediator as well as a fully accredited mediator in civil & commercial matters by the Federal Mediation Commission of the Belgian Ministry of Justice. He works as a Commercial Director at Boskalis and as a freelance independent expert, arbitrator & mediator at Maverick Enterprise.

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