The ETSON Award - A call to junior experts for collaborative papers

The ETSON network has decided to annually reward papers written by a team of young scientists from different Technical Safety Organisations (TSOs) and the EUROSAFE members by offering ETSON Awards, to be officially presented and attributed at the next EUROSAFE Forum.

The ETSON Award

The ETSON award amounts to 5,000 € in total, to be shared among the winner(s) or the winning group(s). The best contribution will be honored with 3,000 € and the second-best with 2,000 €.

The five finalists for the ETSON Award will be selected by the ETSON Award Committee, consisting of senior scientists from the EUROSAFE members. The chosen finalist will have to present their papers in short presentations with not more than 4 slides (max.7 minutes). The audience will then make their choice and together with the evaluation from the ETSON Award Committee, the winner (s) will be chosen.


The ETSON Award 2021

Young Engineers and Researchers, the ETSON award is for you!

The award (€ 3,000 for the first and € 2,000 for the second) is offered to teams of young TSO experts aged under 35 for a new work, study or research that advances safety and radiation protection. The prize will be awarded during EUROSAFE 2021 in November 2021 in Paris, after a final where the five best teams will each present their work and will be classified by a jury and by the public.

Deadline: The deadline for applying for the ETSON Award 2021 is 1 July 2021. The complete paper (4-6 pages) will have to be sent before 31 August 2021.

TSO participants are expected to send the requested documents (see the rules for participation) to the secretariat of the ETSON Award ( keeping your JSP Delegate informed.

The ETSON Award 2020

ETSON Award 2020Last year, four finalist teams (with researchers from LEI, BelV, PSI and IRSN) were selected. After an evaluation by a jury composed of five experts from TSO members of ETSON, a live scientific video slam was organized by the "Junior Staff Program" on November 3. Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, 80 participants in this event were able to vote for the best presentation.

The winner is Samuel Peillon from IRSN (France) with his team cooperating with CEA and CNRS for their study of the behavior of tritiated dust in fusion reactors such as ITER or the Cadarache Tokamak.

The second prize is obtained by Audrius Graževičius from LEI (Lithuania) in team with Anis Bousbia-Salah from BelV (Belgium) for their study on the comparison of CFD and 3D codes of thermal-hydraulics to predict the natural circulation in a small test pool of fuel elements.

Mr. Uwe Stoll, President of ETSON, with Mr. Jean-Christophe Niel (IRSN) and Mr. Michel Van haesedonck (BelV) congratulated the winners and the two other teams for the high scientific level and quality of their work.

ETSON’s Junior Staff Program aims to enable young engineers and researchers from TSOs to get to know each other better, to improve their technical knowledge through international collaboration, and to develop their own European network of safety experts, in order to strengthen the cooperation among TSOs.

Ranking of ETSON Award 2020Participants and winning papers

  • Samuel PEILLON (IRSN): From plasma facing components to airborne radioactive dust: A study on the behavior of tritiated dust in fusion reactors. (1st Place)
    Paper | Abstract
  • Audrius GRAŽEVIČIUS (LEI): Comparative study of CFD and 3D thermal-hydraulic system codes in predicting natural circulation phenomena in a small-scale pool test facility. (2nd Place) 
    Paper | Abstract
  • Salvatore MIROTTA (IRSN): Utilization of Artificial Intelligence algorithms for Hodoscope measurement interpretations
  • Petra MALA (PSI): Verification of the nodal code SIMULATE5 for EPR core modelling


The ETSON Award 2019

ETSON Award 2019 Winners
ETSON Award Winners 2019

  • M. Dewald (GRS) and co-autors: Radiological Characterization of Hard to Measure Nuclides Using Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS). (1st Place)
  • S. Tillmann (GRS), I. Iarmosh (SSTC NRS) T. Weyand (GRS): Comparative Analysis of Modelling Approaches for Safety Assessment of Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities at Vector Site in Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. (2nd Place)
  • S. Bourrous, Y. Alilou, P.-C. Gervais, J. Nuvoli (IRSN): Modelling the performance of filtration devices in case of unexpected release of particles.
  • Daniel Cooper, Thomas Blaxall (wood.) : An approach for assessment of External Hazard Combinations