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Summer School on Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste Management (ELINDER Course G5)

An overview on nuclear decommissioning and waste management for post-graduate students

The summer school on Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste Management (DSS) offers insights to the promising field of nuclear decommissioning and related activities, like waste management and radiation protection.

The DSS is organised within the frame of the European Learning Initiatives for Nuclear Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation (ELINDER).


Through classroom training, visits of the JRC-Ispra nuclear facilities and case studies, the students are introduced to the following subjects:

  • International status of the play in nuclear decommissioning
  • Radioactivity and radiation protection fundamentals
  • Decommissioning planning process
  • Technological aspects of characterisation, decontamination, dismantling and site release
  • Management of the radioactive waste
  • Societal aspects of decommissioning

The DSS is concluded with a “job fair” that gives the chance to students to meet representatives of European industrial companies working in decommissioning.

Course organisation

The DSS is a 5-days learning path. It is organised annually, during the summer break of most higher-educational institutions.  It takes place at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) in Ispra (Italy),

Students who wish to obtain a course certificate are welcome to sit an optional final test.


The school is jointly organised by the JRC.

Who can apply

MSc and PhD students, preferably in engineering, science or technology.

Admitted students should have completed their first cycle of studies by the starting date of the DSS.

Language of the course


Fees and charges:

The school is provided free of charge to university students (eventual travelling costs not included). 

The school is not open to applicants with a regular income from professional activity.

Contact information:

Functional Mailbox dedicated to the Decommissioning Summer School: