Nuclear Energy Conference 2016

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  • Nuclear Energy Conference 2016: "Nuclear Energy – Expensive Gamble" at Czech Automobile Club, Smetana Hall, Opletalova 29, in Prague: 05/04/2016 at 10 AM
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Nuclear Energy – Expensive Gamble

The spring of 2016 is an anniversary of two of the worst nuclear power plant accidents in history so far. It has been thirty years since the disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine; the reactors in Fukushima, Japan, were destroyed five years ago. Looking back in time today, we can assess the impacts of the disasters and the effectiveness of preventive measures adopted as a consequence of them. Have the operators taken adequate lessons from past accidents? Do current nuclear power plants attain a satisfactory safety level? What risks have to be taken into account? And how is the safety issue reflected in the nuclear energy economics? The objective of the international conference NEC 2016 “Nuclear Energy – Expensive Gamble” is to discuss, in the presence of international and Czech experts, precisely these economic aspects of the nuclear power industry, which condition its future.

Place and date of the conference:

  • Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Smetana Hall, Czech Automobile Club, Opletalova 29, Prague 1

Conference agenda

  • from 9.30: Registration
  • 10.00–10.15: Opening speech – Rudi Anschober, Councillor of the Government of Upper Austria; Jiří Koželouh, Programme Director of Hnutí DUHA; Dalibor Stráský, Emissary of the Government of Upper Austria for Nuclear Facility Issues
  • 10.15–10.35: Review of actual risks related to nuclear power generation – Emmerich Seidelberger – BOKU University, Wien
  • 10.35–11.05: Health effects of the Chernobyl accident 30 years after – Ian Fairlie PhD, Consultant on Environmental Radioactivity
  • 11.05–11.20: Discussion
  • 11.20–11.30: Break

Section I. Actual risks related to nuclear power generation in Europe

  • 11.30–11.50: Risks related to flawed reactor pressure vessels in Belgian nuclear plants – Ilse Tweer, material scientist
  • 11.50–12.20: Safety risks of NPP Mochovce’s completion – Pavol Široký, Za matku Zem
  • 12.20–12.40: Safety problems with Generation III reactors: the case of the French EPR – Yves Marignac, WISE Paris
  • 12.40–13.15: Panel debate
  • 13.15–14.00: Lunch break

Section II. Risk prevention and liability for nuclear damages

  • 14.00–14.30: Stress test results for European nuclear power plants – Oda Becker, nuclear safety expert
  • 14.30–14.50: Community framework for nuclear safety: amended Nuclear Safety Directive – Jan Jílek, DG Energy, European Commission
  • 14.50–15.20: Limited liability for nuclear accidents – rationale, challenges and alternatives – Tobias Heldt, Maastricht University0
  • 15.20–16.00: Panel debate
  • 16.00: End

The conference is hosted by Dan Moravec.

Simultaneous interpretation Czech /English /German will be provided. We invite Senators, MPs, public administration, energy experts, journalists, environmental organisations and other interested people. Conference attendance is free of charge. However, please confirm your attendance by 31 March at the latest, preferably using the enclosed return form of the Internet form. If you need accommodation, we can assist you in arranging it. Confirmation of attendance and other information:

For current information about the conference, including an electronic registration form, go to

The event is organised by the associations Hnutí DUHA, Calla and South Bohemian Mothers.

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