Train the trainers (GA-3)

GA3: Train the trainers (STU, BME, JSI)


28. 08. 2022 – 07. 09. 2022 (9 working days)


Bratislava, Slovakia

Budapest, Hungary,

Ljubljana, Slovenia


Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Jožef Stefan Institute, as members of the European Nuclear Experimental Educational Platform (ENEEP)




The ENEEP “Train the Trainers” Course is intended for demonstrators, lecturers, university professors and trainers from industrial companies involved in education and knowledge management activities, wishing to gain additional experience in education activities. The course will consist of both simulation and experimental activities. Some specific capabilities and uniqueness of each institution in education and training activities will be demonstrated via particular tasks and exercises. The simulation part is devoted to reactor core calculations where basic operational and safety parameters are calculated. Fundamentals of the cross section data processing, Monte Carlo method and data post-processing will be presented and the influence to calculation performance will be demonstrated. Subsequently, the reactor experiments are designed to connect the simulations to practice. Basic parameters, which can easily be calculated, will be measured and respective experimental methods demonstrated. Hands-on experimental experience supported by the calculations should be essential part of the skills not only for scientists, but especially for lecturers, and engineers working in the nuclear industry.

Eligible countries (Grant application requirement):

27 European Union countries, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, and North Macedonia

Participants’ qualifications:

The course is aimed at trainers from industrial companies, university lecturers and professors teaching nuclear engineering, nuclear physics or numerical simulations. It is also suitable for teachers and lecturers of power engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering involved in education programmes including subjects related to nuclear engineering or nuclear power plants.

Course programme:

The course consists of three parts, each being 3 working days long.

The course will start in Bratislava at the Slovak University of Technology, with introductory lectures on reactor simulations, followed by exercises utilizing general purpose and macro codes. In each exercise, calculations of specific reactor parameters will be performed, e.g. criticality, temperature and void coefficients of reactivity and neutron flux distributions.

The course will continue at the training reactor of the Budapest University of Technology and at the TRIGA reactor at Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The experimental part of the course will consist of exercises aimed at demonstrating in practice particular aspects covered by the simulations and, additionally, demonstrate different measurement techniques. All the exercises will highlight particular aspects, relevant to pedagogic activities.

The program of the first part at STU is:

  • 29.08.2022
    • Registration and Welcome speech
    • Technical lecture - Construction and history of VVER reactors
    • Introduction lecture to reactor simulations
  • 30.08.2022
    • Reactor core calculation exercise I
    • Reactor core calculation exercise II
  • 31.08.2022
    • Reactor safety calculation exercise I
    • Reactor safety calculation exercise II
    • Collection and presentation of achieved results
    • Departure to Budapest

The program of the second part at BME is:

  • 01.09.2022
    • Reactor Exercise – Critical experiment
    • Laboratory Exercise - Thermal-hydraulics measurement in the Particle Image Velocimetry laboratory
  • 02.09.2022
  • 03.09.2022
    • Reactor operation exercise – the PC2 NPP basic principle simulator
    • Collection and presentation of achieved results
  • 04.09.2022
    • Departure to Ljubljana

The program of the third part at JSI is the following:

Course directors:

Štefan Čerba, STU

Szabolcs Czifrus, BME

Vladimír Radulović, JSI

Contact person:

Soňa Kotorová, STU

Application deadline:

10th of August 2022, 23.59 CET

Application Procedure:

To apply to the course, the applicant should submit the following documents:

  • filled-in application form,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • motivation letter,

The applicant should follow the instructions on the ENEEP website:

The ENEEP evaluation committee will email to all applicants the results of the evaluation procedure till 30th July 2022, 23.59 CET.

Course fee, grant:

The course fee is 4 500 EUR (four thousand five hundred) excluding tax and covers participation in the exercises listed in the Course program, social activities and handouts or support materials. The course fee does not include accommodation, per diem and transportation costs.

Selected participants will not be charged the course fee and will receive a grant in the amount of 1 950 EUR (one thousand nine hundred and fifty). This will cover accommodation, per diem, local public transport, health insurance and transportation to, between and from the venue. The ENEEP grant will be awarded only to participants from eligible countries.

The maximum number of granted participants is 12 and the minimum number of total participants to open a course is 8. In case the number of eligible applications exceeds the maximum number defined for the course, an extra course might be opened.