Argonne National Laboratory
RERTR 2009
International Meeting on Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors
RERTR Program, Nuclear Engineering Division at Argonne
U.S. Department of Energy

RERTR :: 2009 International RERTR Meeting :: Announcement and Call for Papers

Announcement and Call for Papers

The U.S. Department of Energy / National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Global Threat Reduction in cooperation with the China Atomic Energy Authority and International Atomic Energy Agency will host the “RERTR 2009 International Meeting on Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors.” The meeting is organized by Argonne National Laboratory, China Institute of Atomic Energy and Idaho National Laboratory and will be held in Beijing, China from November 1-5, 2009. This will be the 31st annual meeting in a series on the same general subject regarding the conversion of reactors within the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI).

Information will be exchanged on the progress of national and international programs to develop low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuels and targets for research and test reactors and to convert research reactors and radioisotope production processes to the use of such fuels and targets. The meeting technical subjects will include development of new LEU fuels, development and testing of LEU targets and processes for the production of Mo-99, design and safety analyses for reactor conversions, transportation and storage of spent fuels, and HEU minimization and Global Threat Reduction. The meeting will be held in English and will be open to those who share such interests, but the organizers reserve the right to limit the attendance. Technical and policy experts interested in attending the conference must register on-line before the registration deadline of August 1, 2009.

Participants interested in such technical topics are encouraged to present a paper at the meeting. Additionally, papers submitted by university students participating in GTRI activities are welcome and will be included in the Poster Session. Please indicate an intention to submit a paper by completing the attached Abstract Submittal form (See Related Documents) and send the completed form with an abstract of the paper, as soon as possible, but not later than September 15, 2009, to Linda Legerski. The presentation of each paper will be limited to 20 minutes followed by up to 5 minutes of discussion.

Ms. Linda Legerski
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue, Building 208
Argonne, Illinois 60439-4815, U.S.A.
Phone: +1 (630) 252-4836
Fax: +1 (630) 252-5161

It is the intent of the organizers to publish all of the papers on the RERTR web site following the meeting. Several reminders will be sent prior to the deadline (October 15, 2009) to remind authors to submit their full papers and to submit a completed document release form (See Related Documents).

Topics to be covered during the RERTR 2009 meeting are:

  • Progress reports of national programs
  • Fuel development
  • Fuel testing and evaluation
  • Measurements and calculations for converted reactors
  • Safety tests and evaluations
  • Core conversion studies
  • Production of fission Mo-99 from LEU
  • Utilization of converted (LEU) reactors
  • Licensing requirements
  • HEU and LEU fuel cycle
  • Radiological Programs
  • Spent fuel transportation and storage
  • HEU Minimization and Global Threat Reduction
  • Conversion of accelerator-driven, sub-critical systems from HEU to LEU.


The meeting will be held at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center in Beijing, China which is the official hotel for the RERTR 2009 Meeting.

Meeting Registration

Technical and policy experts interested in attending the meeting must register on-line before the registration deadline of August 1, 2009.

A registration fee will not be charged for RERTR 2009.


The RERTR-2009 registration deadline is August 1, 2009 because of the time required for CIAE to obtain approval for Letters of Invitation and for participants to acquire entry visas to China.

IAEA Travel Grants

The IAEA offers a limited number of travel grants which contribute to meeting the grantee’s travel and accommodation expenses. The grants aim to stimulate the attendance of selected professionals in the research reactor community who would have difficulties attending RERTR-2009 without this assistance. The IAEA invites particularly young people to apply for a travel grant. The criteria for selection, the downloadable Grant Application Form in PDF format and instructions on how to apply can be found in the IAEA Travel Grants section of this website.

Related Documents

The companion documents to this announcement are available in different formats (HTML, PDF, DOC) for your convenience. Please follow the link below to access the list of downloadable documents.

Instructions for Forms and Deadlines

Detailed instructions on how to complete and send the companion forms to the Organizing Committee are available. The page lists all important dates in preparation for the meeting. This information will help you keep track of important upcoming deadlines for timely completion of needed forms and documents.

Technical Tour

A technical tour of nuclear facilities is planned for Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.

Social Program

For details about special events and things to do in Beijing visit the Social Program page. Some information about Beijng is also available in the Venue page.

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Mar. 3, 2010 - First set of available RERTR-09 Papers now online! A first set of 50 papers presented at the RERTR-09 Meeting in Beijing is now available. More...

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