CNRS and the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) draw up a general roadmap

CNRS and the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) have established a common roadmap covering six themes, setting priority scientific and technological goals that will shape their partnership. The establishment of this common roadmap demonstrates the desire of IRSN and CNRS to strengthen their partnership in line with their respective strategic objectives.

The content of the roadmap specifies the themes and scientific questions on which the two organizations have decided to cooperate in November 2020 after renewing their framework agreement:

  • Material and structure materials change,
  • Earthquake and Soil Structure Interaction,
  • Transverse research
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  • New nuclear strategies for health,
  • Sensors and metrology,
  • Software platforms and simulations.

Its development involved IRSN’s three research units – Safety, Environment and Health – and five of the ten CNRS institutes: IN2P3, INC, INSIS, INSU and INEE. .
“The work undertaken illustrates the potential of this partnership to stimulate interdisciplinary and broadly integrate CNRS’s expertise in solving concrete scientific questions”, Fanny Forget, who coordinated contributions to the National Center for Scientific Research while serving as Deputy Scientific Director at CNRS IN2P3.

In the context of the decarbonization of the economy, nuclear energy is considered an important lever for managing energy transfers; It is the subject of countless debates and faces major challenges that justify efforts to develop knowledge. Within the framework of their partnership, CNRS and IRSN have decided to strengthen their work on an issue that will play an important role in deciding on the possible extension of the operating life of reactors: materials and their modifications. The roadmap provides that the two organizations will collaborate on the ability to predict the behavior of steel and composite materials over time and on specific environmental conditions for nuclear installations.

The IRSN and CNRS will continue their collaboration to assess earthquake risk in mainland France. They will address many of the scientific questions raised by the tail earthquake that struck the Montelima region in November 2019. They will also work to strengthen the dialogue between geology and engineering to improve the account of interactions between soil and structures. Weakness study.

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Finally, the two companies will combine their expertise and experimental resources to assist in the development of new nuclear technologies in the medical field. The development of these technologies requires knowledge of their effectiveness, but also their potential toxicity to healthy tissues.

In addition to the previous areas of collaboration, there are two more of a cross-functional nature.

The first concern is sensors, measurements and their processing. For CNRS and IRSN, it is a question of taking advantage of technological advances and the contribution of artificial intelligence to advance progress in all the research areas they collaborate on, to observe, measure, access new ways to obtain data and extract information from it.

The second relates to scientific modeling codes and platforms. In this case, IRSN and CNRS will work together to reproduce the features and characteristics of the operation of a nuclear installation, improving multifunctional couplings and relying on advanced numerical methods.

“On all these themes, CNRS and IRSN want their partnership to lead to effective collaboration and fruitful dialogue within their research team.” Didier Geck, assistant director of strategy at IRSN, emphasized the importance of scientific affairs. For this, a specific animation device is provided. It is up to the Coordinating Committee to oversee the implementation of the Framework Agreement.

IRSN and CNRS have also chosen to establish their partnership under the Signs of Environment and Climate Responsibility.

I am pleased to have this structural collaboration for CNRS and IRSN, which will bring together their skills in the necessary social issues through this integration. Anton Petit, president and CEO of CNRS, stressed.

“Organizing the full potential of science to control nuclear and radiological risks and to help address energy and health challenges is the ambit of the roadmap that CNRS and IRSN have just established.”IRSN Director General Jean-Christophe Neil concludes.

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Press contact:
IRSN: Pascal Portes; E.g. : 01 58 35 70 33; Email:

CNRS: Priscilla Dutcher; E.g. : 01 44 96 46 06; Email:

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