30th Symposium of AER on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety

October 5 – 9, 2020, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

First Announcement and Call for Papers

The 30th Symposium continues the traditional series of annual meetings of the international association “Atomic Energy Research” (AER) on VVER reactor physics and safety research. The 29th Symposium was held in Energoland Mochovce, Slovakia, in October 2019. The 30th Symposium will be organised by NRC “Kurchatov Institute” , JSC “TVEL”, OKB “Gidropress”, OJSC VNIIAES.
The Symposium is opened to participants from AER member organizations as well as from other institutions involved or interested in VVER reactor physics and safety research.

Date, Location – Venue Facilities

The 30th Symposium will take place from Monday, October 5, 2020 until Friday, October 9, 2020 in Vedensky Hotel, Saint-Petersburg, GPS coordinates: 59.959921, 30.302828. Distance from the Pulkovo Airport is about 25 km. The nearest metro stations are Chkalovskaya and Petrogradskaya (10-15 minutes walk).

Topics of the Symposium

The proposed topics of meeting are:

• Advances in spectral and core calculation methods
• Reactor physics experiments and code validation (benchmarks)
• Fuel management issues
• Core surveillance and monitoring
• Reactor dynamics and safety analysis
• Nuclear applications of computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
• Fuel behaviour in normal conditions
• Intermediate storage of spent fuel, decommissioning and radwaste
• Spent fuel disposal and actinide transmutation

Progress reports of the AER working groups will be presented.

Papers, Proceedings and Working Language

Deadline for submission of abstracts of 200 – 300 words (a figure = 150 words) is September 4, 2020.

Full papers will be published on the Symposium web-page and in the Symposium proceedings as a book.

Participants can provide a few copies of their papers for handout at the Symposium.

Authors are requested to send their full papers (as pdf-document) and presentations (as pdf- or pptx- document) by e-mail to Sumarokova_AS@nrcki.ru before the Symposium or use the aer web page and insert paper to aer web page or to provide them on a flash not later than at the opening date of the Symposium.

Normal conference equipment including PC with projector will be available.

If too many papers are submitted, a poster session will be organised. Texts of papers presented there will also be included in the proceedings.

The working language of the Symposium and of the papers is English. In the main conference hall simultaneous translation between Russian and English will be organized.

Registration and Fees

Final registration has to be made via web-page not later than September 4, 2020.

Participants from AER member organizations may take part in the Symposium without registration fee. Non-AER participants are charged with a registration fee of 150 EUR to be paid at the Symposium. This fee includes the Symposium proceedings.

Accommodation is available at Vedensky hotel and at the other hotels in Saint Petersburg. The approximate price of a hotel room is not more than 5000 RUB (approx. 67 EUR) per night. More information about booking will be added later.

Transport from Saint-Petersburg Pulkovo airport amd rail stations is possible by public transport (train, bus, taxi). We recommend you use Yandex taxi application/website to call a taxi (taxi from airport to the hotel, taxi from Moskovskiy railway station to the hotel). Car travelers will be supported by maps and road informations.

Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Organizational Committee (Sumarokova_AS@nrcki.ru).

Visa requirements

For the invitation letter we need the personal data based on the visa form (download Visa Form) according to the requirements of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Should you require more information or letters of invitation, please contact Organizational Committee (Sumarokova_AS@nrcki.ru).

Social Programme

The welcoming cocktail reception will be given on October 4, 2020 in Vedensky Hotel at 19:00 o’clock.

In addition to technical sessions 2 guided tours will be organized:
1) On October 6, 2020 a sightseeing tour of Saint Petersburg;
2) On October 8, 2020 a tour to Hermitage.

The meeting dinner will be offered for the pleasure of attendees and their spouses in Vedensky Hotel on October 8, 2020.


Registration opens

April 2, 2020 (READ NEWS).

Register through the symposium website.

We will be very grateful for registration during April – June so we know an approximate number of participants and papers. You will be able to update your information, add/remove papers and submit abstracts until the deadline.

Abstract submission deadline

September 4, 2020
Registration and paper management page.

Registration deadline

September 4, 2020
Registration and paper management page.

Paper submission deadline

At the symposium or beforehand through the website
Registration and paper management page.

Invitation letter requirement

June 3, 2020

Presentation submission

At the symposium or beforehand through the website
Registration and paper management page.

Organisational and Program Committee

Anna Sumarokova
NRC “Kurchatov Institute”
Phone: +7 499 196 7159
e-mail: Sumarokova_AS@nrcki.ru

Anna Zhukova
NRC “Kurchatov Institute”
Phone: +7 499 196 9606
e-mail: Zhukova_AV@nrcki.ru

Alexander Kotsarev
NRC “Kurchatov Institute”
Phone: +7 499 196 7750
e-mail: Kotsarev_AV@nrcki.ru

Yuri Kukushkin
e-mail: YAKukushkin@tvel.ru

Maxim Uvakin
OKB “Gidropress”
e-mail: Uvakin_MA@grpress.podolsk.ru

Valeriy Orlov
e-mail: VIOrlov@vniiaes.ru

Contact Address

Please send all correspondence concerning the Symposium preferably by e-mail to:
Anna Sumarokova
NRC “Kurchatov Institute”
1, Akademika Kurchatova pl., Moscow, 123182, Russia
Phone: +7 499 196 7159
e-mail: Sumarokova_AS@nrcki.ru; Subject: “AER2020”