International research collaboration and networks are valuable for Sweden

Nordic Nuclear Safety Research (NKS) and the Halden Reactor Project, two forms of international research collaboration that Sweden takes part in, contribute to a shared platform of knowledge and valuable networks for researchers and stakeholders in the field. This is the conclusion drawn from two evaluative studies conducted on the behalf of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

The Halden Reactor Project is an international research project that was founded in the 1950s. Its purpose is to contribute to increased safety and reliability of operating nuclear facilities. Nordic Nuclear Safety Research, or NKS, is a forum for Nordic cooperation and competence in nuclear safety and emergency preparedness, serving as an umbrella for initiatives and interests of the Nordic countries: Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Sweden is represented by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority in the Halden Reactor Project and NKS. The Authority provides funding for parts of the research conducted as part of these fora for collaboration. The Authority has now had this participation evaluated.

The evaluation of the Halden Reactor Project has shown that the research culminating from the collaboration is valuable to the nuclear power industry, but that Sweden's strategy for involvement in this collaboration should be developed further. The evaluation of NKS has demonstrated Sweden's involvement in building a shared knowledge base between the Nordic countries. This will ultimately foster a lingua franca that will, for example, be of special importance should an event occur.

"Above all, these evaluations have demonstrated that our approach is correct: We should continue to take part in these research fora," says Eva Simic, director of research at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

"An additional perspective is that the fora underline the beneficial impact of NKS and Halden on our work, and highlight a number of areas we need to work on in order to benefit further from the collaboration. In other words, they provide valuable decision-making input when we discuss future research initiatives."

For more information, please contact: Eva Simic, Research Director, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Tel. +46 8 799 43 02, or the Authority's press officer on +46 8 799 40 20.