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Supervisory Board: Broad Acceptance for Safety Research Strategy

The Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich briefed the Supervisory Board on reactor safety research at Jülich during the 92nd regular meeting of the Supervisory Board. The safety research strategy presented by Forschungszentrum Jülich, which it has been pursuing since 2012–2013, found broad acceptance among the members of the Supervisory Board, whose considerations included the principle of scientific freedom guaranteed in the German constitution.

From 2015, according to plan, Forschungszentrum Jülich’s publicly funded research in this area will focus exclusively on safety issues in the light-water reactors common in Germany and neighbouring European countries.

All research on safety issues related to high-temperature reactor (HTR) technology that is still ongoing at Forschungszentrum Jülich will be completed by the end of 2014, as has been scheduled for years. At present, two scientists and three PhD students are still conducting research on HTR safety. HTR-related research activities, as part of which Forschungszentrum Jülich provides researchers from RWTH Aachen University with access to experimental facilities, are also due to finish when the respective projects are concluded. Forschungszentrum Jülich intends to cease operations of the relevant test facilities.

Forschungszentrum Jülich will carefully document the HTR-related findings obtained in the past and properly terminate all related research activities. This is in keeping with the principles of good scientific practice.