ARIEL Project

Accelerator and Research reactor Infrastructures for Education and Learning


This project receives funding from the EURATOM Research and Training programme 4 years, under grant agreement N°847594.

The EURATOM coordination and support project “Accelerator and Research reactor Infrastructures for Education and Learning (ARIEL)” brings together the most modern and state-of-the-art European neutron beam laboratories using the full range of neutron sources from high-energy proton synchrotrons to research reactors.

In order to achieve continuous improvement of the safety of current and future nuclear facilities, there is a need for accurate and precise nuclear data which is embedded in computer simulations. Producing these nuclear data is a complex process, which relies on neutron facilities and on highly-trained nuclear physicists.

This project allows the most modern and state-of-the-art European neutron beam facilities based on accelerators and research reactors to reunite and tackle the challenge for nuclear energy is to make sure that a new generation of young physicists is properly trained. The goal is to foster the seamless transfer of knowledge to the younger generation, including in countries with less advanced nuclear programs.

This project consortium will form an exceptional training ground where interested early-stage researchers (both before and after their PhD) and technicians can work on the most challenging problems together with international experts.


        Participant organization name Short name Country
1 Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf HZDR Germany
2 Joint Research Centre – European Commission JRC Belgium
3 European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN Switzerland
4 Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas CIEMAT Spain
5 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS France
6 Grand Accelerateur National d’Ions Lourds GANIL France
7 Commissariat a l Energie Atomique aux Energies Alternatives CEA France
8 Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico ENEA Italy
9 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt PTB Germany
10 Ústav Jaderné Fyziky Av Čr UJF Czech Republic
11 Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Energiatudomanyi Kutatokozpont MTA EK Hungary
12 Jyvaskylan Yliopisto JYU Finland
13 Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Fizica si Inginerie Nucleara Horia Hulubei IFIN-HH Romania
14 National Physical Laboratory NPL United Kingdom
15 Institut “Jožef Stefan” IJS Slovenia
16 Universidad de Sevilla USE Spain
17 Centro Nacional de Aceleradores CNA Spain
18 Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie / Centre d Etude de l Energie Nucleaire SCK CEN Belgium
19 Uppsala Universitet UU Sweden
20 Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz JGU Mainz Germany
21 Universitetet i Oslo UO Norway
22 European Nuclear Education Network ENEN Belgium
23 Universidad de Granada UG Spain
24 Centrum Výzkumu Řež CVR Czech Republic
25 Institut Laue-Langevin ILL France

Summer Schools

The ARIEL project will promote the interest of students in the nuclear data sector by organizing four summer schools.Mobility support for participating students will be given.The first two schools will be rescheduled to a later date because of travel restrictions and laboratory closures due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

  • Hands-on school on the production, detection and use of neutron beams, March 23-27,  2020, University of Seville (to be rescheduled)
  • Lab course in Reactor Operation and Nuclear Chemistry, October 2020, University of Mainz  (to be rescheduled)
  • Nuclear data: the path from the detector to the reactor calculation, September 2021, CIEMAT, Madrid
  • EXTEND’2022 summer school, June 2022, Uppsala University

Call for Proposals

The ARIEL project has an open call for proposals with 7 closing dates (Application forms) :

Closing date PAC meeting Measurement period
November 15, 2019 December 2019 December 2019 – August 2023
April 30, 2020 May 18-19, 2020 May 2020- August 2023
October 15, 2020 November 2020 canceled due to
backlog of activities
December 2020 – August 2023
April 15, 2021 May 2021 May 2021- August 2023
October 15, 2021 November 2021 December 2021 – August 2023
April 15, 2022 May 2022 May 2022- August 2023
October 15, 2022 November 2022 December 2022 – August 2023

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