The aim of the international co-operation of GRS is to contribute to the highest possible safety of nuclear installations worldwide. This is achieved on the one hand by participating in working groups (e.g. of the IAEA or the OECD/NEA) and on the other hand by networking. This is to ensure a constant exchange of information about the development of new methods and the advancement of the state of the art in science and technology. The most important networks and initiatives of GRS are ETSON (European Technical Safety Organisation Network) and EUROSAFE.
European TSO Network – ETSON
The ETSON Association is a network of technical safety organisations (TSO) from Germany (GRS), France (IRSN) and Belgium (Bel V), Lithuania (LEI), Finland (VTT), Japan (JNES) and the Czech Republic (UJV). A country's TSO supports the national licensing and supervisory authorities in all scientific and technical issues relating to the safety of nuclear power.
The aim of ETSON is on the one hand to establish a forum for voluntary exchanges about the assessment, research and development in the field of reactor safety. On the other hand, ETSON would like to make a contribution to the promotion of a harmonisation of nuclear safety practices and initiate and carry out joint nuclear safety research programmes. In 2009, ETSON established 14 Expert Groups for dealing with safety-relevant issues and for preparing common guidelines for safety assessments (Safety Assessment Guidelines) with corresponding technical annexes (Technical Safety Assessment Guidelines).
EUROSAFE – European initiative for nuclear safety
The EUROSAFE Initiative is an international network for the discussion of safety -relevant issues from the nuclear field. It consists of representatives of several national licensing and supervisory authorities and their TSOs. The ten current members of EUROSAFE are the six ETSON members GRS, IRS, Bel V, LEI, ÚJV and VTT as well as the authorities SSM (Sweden), CSN (Spain), HSE (United Kingdom), and KFD (Netherlands).
Every year, the EUROSAFE Initiative holds the international EUROSAFE Forum conference and twice a year publishes the technical journal EUROSAFE Tribune. The Tribune presents the contents of the respective preceding EUROSAFE Forum as well as topical articles by international contributors on specific focal issues. Furthermore, EUROSAFE has three working groups for technical co-operation: Safety Assessment Guidelines, Research Needs, and Knowledge Management. Technically and as regards content, the EUROSAFE Initiative is guided by the Programme Committee (EPC).
ENSTTI and ETSON Summer School
The partners of EUROSAFE and ETSON have launched two further education and training programmes: ENSTTI – the European Nuclear Safety Training and Tutoring Institute – and the ETSON Summer School. The aim of ENSTTI is to impart knowledge and competences from research and development, offering participants the possibility of on-the-job training (tutoring). The focus of the ETSON Summer School lies mainly on giving young experts the opportunity to make the acquaintance of other junior scientists on a scientific as well as social level.