Discover the INSTN
A few facts about the INSTN
As a part of the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission), the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN) is a higher education ad institution under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and the Ministry of Industry.
The INSTN’s mission is to disseminate the knowledge and know-how developed at the CEA. It has been created in 1956, when France decided to launch a nuclear programme, for providing engineers and researchers with high scientific and technological qualifications in all disciplines related to nuclear energy applications.
The INSTN headquaters are located at the Saclay CEA Centre (20 km South of Paris). Four branches are set up in the CEA’s centres at Grenoble, Cadarache and Marcoule, and on the campus of Cherbourg-Octeville.
The ability to act as an interface between research bodies, universities and industry
Know-how and experience in educational engineering and logistics organisation
Adaptability to recent developments in science and technology
Its activities and public
With a wealth of experience in international collaborations for the 70’s, the INSTN is committed to European advancement, and is helping to form partnerships and build up networks. This had led it to offer courses and training taught in English.
Its areas of scientific and technical expertise
Radiation physics, chemistry, radiochemistry, materials science
Nuclear resarch and engineering
Nuclear operation and maintenance, nuclear safety
Waste management, clean-up and dismantling
Radiation detection and measurement
Facilities and environment monitoring
Alternative energy, energy techno-economics
Nuclear medicine, radiopharmacy, radiobiology, molecular imaging, medical physics
Micro and nanotechnologies
Its teaching facilities
Morevover, the INSTN has access to most of the CEA’s nuclear facilities (experimental reactors, accelerators, hot laboratories, waste treatment and storage facilities, etc) as well as other types of systems (cleanrooms, high performance computational cluster...).
INSTN key figures
1,400 specialised instructors
7,000 trainees per year in continuing education
900 students per year in academic degree programmes
1,100 PhD students trained at the CEA