Transnational Access to Large Infrastructure for a Safe Management of ActiNide (TALISMAN)

Safety issues are of fundamental importance for the acceptance and sustainable application of nuclear energy. Actinides play a central role in the nuclear fuel cycle from mining, fuel fabrication, energy production, up to treatment of used fuel by reprocessing, partitioning and transmutation and/or finally management and disposal of radioactive waste. A fundamental understanding of actinide properties and behaviour in fuel materials, during the separation processes and once in geological repository is an imperative prerequisite to tackle all the related safety issues. Unravelling the complexity of the principal actinide components of used nuclear fuel certainly represents one of the grand challenges in nuclear science. In order to meet the needs of the safe and sustainable management of nuclear energy, it is therefore essential to maintain highest level of expertise in actinide sciences in Europe and to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers who will contribute to develop safe actinide management strategies.Because actinides are radioactive elements, their study requires specific tools and facilities that are only available to a limited extent in Europe. Only a few academic and research organisations have the capabilities and licenses to work on these elements under safe conditions. It is therefore strategic to coordinate the existing actinide infrastructures in Europe, and to strengthen the community of European scientists working on actinides.In the continuation of ACTINET-6 and ACTINET-I3, TALISMAN will foster the networking between existing European infrastructures in actinide sciences open them widely to any European scientists by offering and supporting transnational access to unique facilities.To meet its objectives, TALISMAN will animate and organize a network of actinide facilities across the EU that will increase our knowledge for a safer management of actinides fostering training and education.


Christian Ekberg (contact)

Professor at Chemical and Biological Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry

Stefan Allard

Forskare at Chemical and Biological Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry


Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

Paris, France

Charles university

Praha 1, Czech Republic

Commissariat a l energie atomique et aux energies alternatives (CEA)

Grenoble Cedex 09, France

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Dresden, Germany

Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (ICTHJ)

Warszawa, Poland

Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Brussels, Belgium

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe, Germany


Paris, France

National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)

Warrington, United Kingdom

Paul Scherrer Institut

Villigen Psi, Switzerland

University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom


EC, Seventh Framework program (FP7)

Funding years 2013–2015

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