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GIF Symposium & Atoms for the Future Conference

16 October 2018 - 17 October 2018

GIF Symposium 2018

Embedded in the 8th Atoms for the Future Conference and organised jointly by the Generation IV Forum (GIF) and the French Nuclear Energy Society Young Generation Network (SFEN JG), the 4th GIF Symposium will take place in Paris (France), from 16-17 October.


The Generation IV International Forum has fourteen members that are signatories of its founding document, the GIF Charter. The goals adopted by GIF provided the basis for identifying and selecting six nuclear energy systems for further development. The selected systems are based on a variety of reactor, energy conversion and fuel cycle technologies. Their designs include thermal and fast neutron spectra cores, as well as closed and open fuel cycles. The reactors range in size from very small to very large. Depending on their respective degree of technical maturity, the first GEN IV systems are expected to be deployed commercially around 2030-2040.


The GIF Symposia are public scientific events aimed at disseminating the results of international collaborative research performed within the framework of the Forum. The first GIF Symposium was held in Paris, France in 2009, the second in San Diego, United States in 2012 and the third in Chiba, Japan in 2015.


The Fourth GIF Symposium aims to inform and educate audiences beyond the GIF community. Its objective is to report the achievements of the Forum in developing nuclear energy systems that are aligned with today’s global sustainable development goals.


The symposium has two major objectives:

  • to review the progress achieved for each system against the R&D goals of the 2014 Technology Roadmap Update,
  • to identify the remaining challenges and associated R&D goals for the next decade necessary for the demonstration and/or deployment of the Gen IV systems, and the goal of establishing nuclear energy as a necessary element in the world’s long-term sustainable carbon-free energy mix.

Target Audience

MSc and PhD students, young professionals, policymakers and nuclear stakeholders.


  • The current development status of the six Gen IV reactor systems
  • The enhanced safety, security and safeguard capabilities inherent in Gen IV reactor systems
  • Mechanisms for accelerating advanced reactor deployment
  • Economic considerations affecting investment in Gen IV reactor systems


16 October 2018
17 October 2018
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