Europe has a strong research community investigating nuclear reactor fuel to deal with the scientific and technological aspects of fuels for Generation II/III as well as Generation IV reactors. This research covers a wide range of topics, over a wide range of scales, from atomistic to engineering, and involves academic and research organisations, as well as industrial and technical safety organisations. Within Europe these stakeholders have worked together in the framework of past and present European projects such as F-BRIDGE, PELGRIMM and FAIRFUELS. These projects, however, have been limited in time and have tended to focus on specific aspects of fuel research.
The Nuclear Materials Conference (NuMat) has quickly established itself as the primary forum for nuclear fuels research. However, it is only held biannually being hosted in Europe, Asia and America in turn. In between NUMAT meetings the exchange in Europe takes place on an ad-hoc basis, principally during dedicated sessions at materials conferences (e.g. E-MRS), more focused workshops like MMSNF (Materials Modeling and Simulation for Nuclear Fuels) or during European project meetings.
The first workshop on European research into nuclear fuel aims at providing a dedicated European forum for the discussion of fuel research and to bridge the gap between NUMAT conferences.