This is the 12th in a series of successful international conferences organized by the Croatian Nuclear Society. The purpose of the conference series is to present and discuss the most relevant topics concerning the role and position of the nuclear option in the current energy balance, with special attention paid to the countries with small and medium electricity grids. In the societal context which is considerably marked by dynamic economic growth and concerns which include energy resources, potential climate changes and increasing greenhouse gas emission, the issue of ensuring reliable and sustainable energy is becoming ever more challenging.
Nuclear energy as the CO2 free energy source should have its place in resolving these concerns and enabling all countries to cope with challenges in such a context. In view of a good response and success of the previous conferences in the series, the 12th International Conference in Zadar will serve the same general purpose, concentrating on the topics which attracted the most interest in previous conferences.
The Conference will consider the nuclear option from the point of view of the national energy strategies, resources, costs, technological, organizational and educational requirements, as well as environmental advantages. It will also focus on the matters relating to operation and design safety, fuel cycle, waste management, and decommissioning.
The important goal of the Conference, as in the previous cases, will be to promote regional co-operation and exchange of experience in use of nuclear power and fuel cycle facilities among the countries with an interest in the nuclear option.