International Nuclear Safety Centers (INSCs) have been established
in several countries to promote the open exchange
of nuclear safety information, to cooperate in the development of
technologies associated with nuclear power engineering, and to be
international centers for the collection of important
information on nuclear safety and technical improvements in
The INSCs sponsor scientific research activities
in form of collaborative projects between their
international partner organizations, who each have established nuclear safety centers
in their respective country.
INSC activities are currently focused on Soviet-designed nuclear power plants
in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Historically, the US, Russia, as well as the other countries, have had significant
research programs on many of the topics that are vital to the safety of nuclear reactors.
Unique capabilities and strengths have been developed in each country over the years. The
leaders of those countries have recognized that we can build on this combination of
strengths by engaging in collaborative research. This approach will apply the best
talents to the problems that must be addressed and it will maximize the benefits that
can be derived from the available resources.
Working together, the centers have initiated activities and collaborative research projects
that address internationally identified nuclear safety issues. The thrust of these
projects is to use the resources and talents of the scientists associated with the
centers to do research that will benefit all participating countries.
Internet-based technologies are used to disseminate the results of the projects and
other important information on nuclear safety issues to the entire technical community, and to establish
immediate and cost-effective communication channels between all involved organizations.