The INSTN, Institut national des sciences et techniques nucléaires (National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology), is a higher education institution founded in 1956 as part of the CEA. As such, it benefits from an exceptional research and development environment in the nuclear energy sector, as well as applications in the fields of health and radiation protection.
The International Relations Division is a close working partner of the Institute and is introducing an international strategy in the CEA.
In conjunction with the France International Nuclear Agency (AFNI) and the International Institute of Nuclear Energy (I2EN), the INSTN plays an active role as a full partner in various consortia or working groups set up to address specific demands at an international level. It also contributes its extensive experience in the field of nuclear training.
The INSTN is represented at the main technical meetings (within its area of expertise) organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Also, for the last 40 years, the Institute has been organising regional training courses requested by the agency, in coordination with the CEA’s International Relations Division. These courses include radiation protection, radioactive sources, nuclear safety, as well as the operation and safety of power reactors. It also organises more specialised courses, over one or several weeks, on running research reactors or managing a nuclear development project for newcomer countries.
It should be noted that an agreement, instigated by the INSTN, was signed between the IAEA and the CEA in September 2014 to broadcast practical work sessions live on internet from the ISIS reactor at the CEA Saclay centre. This agreement is part of a larger IAEA project called the “Internet Reactor Laboratory (IRL)”. It aims to promote access to practical work using the internet for those member states without experimental reactors and who want to develop human resources for their expanding or future nuclear programmes. As part of the IRL agreement, ISIS has been identified as the European “host reactor” for broadcasting practical work sessions to universities (called “invited institutions”) in Europe and Africa. From 2016, practical work sessions will be screened in Belarus, Lithuania, Tanzania and Tunisia, which have all signed an agreement with the IAEA.