Subcommittees and Liaison Meetings

Subcommittee fees: Entry into one subcommittee is 1,000yen for a regular member (free for a student member). To join the second and above subcommittees, entry fee is 500 yen each for the regular member (500 yen for the student member).

The following 17 subcommittees are conducting activities at the present time. Members are encouraged to join as many subcommittees as possible to increase the chances of interaction with other members and further to vitalize subcommittee activities as well as activities of the Society.

Subcommittees Activity details
Reactor Physics Reactor physics is the foundation of many fields of nuclear engineering or nuclear reactor engineering. Reactor physics provides the essential knowledge particularly for nuclear reactor design and core analysis as well as safety during research. At present, research reports on new reactors, next generation fuel, and accelerator-driven reactors are being actively filed by the Reactor Physics Subcommittee.
Fusion Engneering This subcommittee was established for the purpose of exchanging information pertaining to nuclear fusion engineering, as well as to promote research and enhance collaboration. Principal activities include issuing subcommittee reports, newsletters, membership lists, research laboratory introductions, etc., conducting summer seminars, various research workshops and reporting sessions, implementing enlightenment activities, sponsoring and co-hosting numerous international and domestic academic conferences, and transmitting messages regarding vital items concerning ITER and other topics. Members of business enterprises and student members participate in these activities with a strong awareness.
Nuclear Fuel This subcommittee supports research activities in a specialized field relating to atomic fuel and promotes the collaboration of research. While covering the overall atomic fuel cycle, the principal themes of activities of the subcommittee are manufacture of fuel, fundamental materials, material characteristics, irradiation behavior, transportation, and storage behavior. Other than providing lectures and holding plenary sessions of the subcommittee during annual meeting and the general meeting of the Society, the subcommittee also conducts summer seminars and publishes a subcommittee journal twice a year. The launching of research groups with assigned topics is also currently being considered.
Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Environment While engaged in active projects such as the issuing of a subcommittee journal (free of charge twice a year), and conducting summer seminars and international workshops, the subcommittee also provides carefully executed support activities such as the subsidization of overseas presentations and study groups. Under the management of the Administration Committee, the Secretariat, as well as subcommittees for publications and web pages, offer more satisfaction than can be expected from the fees; therefore, everyone is encouraged to join.
Thermal Hydraulics This subcommittee supports research on thermal hydraulics and related compound phenomena in the atomic energy, as well as research activities for applications. More specifically, numerical analysis methods and modeling for thermal hydraulic phenomena, basic research on subjects such as metrology, safety evaluations and thermal design for atomic power plants, as well as application research into thermal fusion phenomena and structural material secular changes are covered by inviting experts from within and outside Japan as well as from other fields, in order to contribute towards the evolution of cutting edge research activities. Furthermore, the dissemination of knowledge is promoted through newsletters and lectures.
Radiation Science and Technology This subcommittee was established with the primary aim of promoting an increased exchange of information and cooperation in research among the members engaged and interested in radiation physics, particularly related to radiation measurements, macroscopic interactions between radiation and matter, the engineering exploitation of radiation, radiation shielding, radiation protection, as well as engineering research related to radiation such as radiation dose evaluations. The “Newsletter” issued in an email is relatively short, but is issued frequently to facilitate the exchange of information among members in a speedy manner.
Human-Machine Systems Research In order to secure a high degree of safety at atomic power facilities, it is not sufficient to provide responsive action with a focus only on mechanical systems, but it is essential to formulate and implement safety measures with attention directed to the interactions between humans, machines, and the environment. The Human-machine Systems Research Subcommittee aims to cooperate with experts from various fields and establish new disciplines for atomic power safety from such a perspective. There are also revitalization plans that include providing support for younger members to make presentations at international conferences and the subcommittee welcomes members who engage in activities in a proactive manner.
Particle Accelerator and Beams Science This subcommittee aims to support research activities related to particle accelerators and beam science, and it is also devoted to the evolution of these areas. The key areas include particle accelerator, beam accelerator, beam generation, electron, ion, neutron, photon, synchrotron radiation, laser, FEL, ion source, beam line, beam measurement, target related basic research, as well as the implementation of beams in physics, chemistry, biology, energy, materials, nanotechnology, medical care, biotechnology, environment and information, etc.
Social and Environmental A significant relationship with society is a notable characteristic of the atomic energy technology, and the Society and Environment Subcommittee was established to engage in academic research of social aspects, as well as to exchange and disseminate the resulting information. This subcommittee is engaged in activities such as lectures and study groups, and the Society has planned sessions with free debate and chain discussions open to the public, relating to four central research related core groups of “Safety & Security,” “Plutonium,” “Social System,” and “Atomic Energy Communications.”
Health Physics and Environment Science The purpose of this subcommittee is to facilitate exchange of beneficial opinions among members, with keywords including “human, radiation, radiation exposure, environment, and effects.” Major activities in the past have been the provision of ICRP activity reports at general meetings, conducting general lectures (nuclear disasters and health physics, radiation safety for particle accelerators, and the trends of new recommendations for ICRP), programs for a series of presentations, as well as study sessions sponsored or co-hosted by the subcommittee. Other than these, the latest information on the trends of the related fields is distributed as newsletters. Participation of active subcommittee members is requested.
Nuclear Data Various fission reactors, fusion reactors, nuclear fuel cycles, particle accelerator applications, and a variety of atomic energy systems base on the characteristics of the atomic nucleus. In order to develop systems that feature high levels of efficiency, safety, and reliability that are accepted eagerly by society, it is essential to build a broad and highly accurate nuclear database and to make continued efforts to keep on improving it in order to remain up to date. Society members with a wide variety of expertise, including those who use nuclear data or engage in the system development from its foundation, are sincerely invited to join the subcommittee.
Materials Science and Technology Numerous fundamental or individualistic issues are related to materials at the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, with some new material developments the key to breakthroughs. This subcommittee facilitates for Society members interested in materials, a place for exchange and research for the purpose of understanding the attributes and characteristics of nuclear materials, to create materials with a high degree of safety in response to the demands of the time, to exercise leadership towards the development of pioneering and strategic new materials, as well as to implement responsive action and seek to resolve problems relating to materials in general, from the perspectives of material science and material engineering
Operation and Power This subcommittee links related technological fields under the major theme of “atomic power generation” in a lateral manner while promoting active debates and other activities concerning the current and future developments in atomic power generation, which provides approximately one-third of the electric power needs. This subcommittee, furthermore, believes that a need exists to disseminate information in an appropriate manner to society from the standpoint of experts, contribute towards an understanding and the progress of the atomic power generation. Members of the Society are invited to participate in this subcommittee.
Reprocessing and Recycle Technology The keywords of this subcommittee include “Energy Security,” “Rises in Oil Prices,” “Depletion of Resources,” “Suppression of Global Warming,” “Transparency,” “Safety and Reliability Logic,” “Risk Evaluation,” “Revitalization and Contributions by Universities,” “Dissemination of Information to Society,” “Tokai Reprocessing Plant,” “Rokkasho Processing Plant,” “Practical Application Strategy Investigative Research,” “Next-generation Reprocessing,” “Dry Reprocessing and Wet Reprocessing,” “Long-term Research and Development,” “Economic Efficiency,” “Nuclear Proliferation Resistivity,” “Overseas Collaboration,” “Plutonium for Thermal Use,” and “Interim Storage.” This subcommittee awaits participation and contributions by everyone.
Computational Science and Engineering Due to the advancement of computational science, the movement towards conducting research and calculations that are based on computational science rather than through experiments for verifying the design of artificial objects, has become stronger in recent years. This subcommittee was therefore established to facilitate a place for common debates regarding thermal hydraulics, neutron physics, materials, structures, electromagnetism, earthquakes, environment, parallel computer technologies, CAE, and benchmark activities in the field of atomic energy. The subcommittee awaits proactive participation by everyone.
Water Chemistry This new subcommittee was established in June this year, evolving from the “hydrochemistry” related research advisory committee, which continued for six terms in 24 years, since 1982. This subcommittee is engaged in debates on fundamental topics such as various temperatures and pressures, the fundamental characteristics of water under irradiation, various phenomena at a boundary with metallic materials, as well as a broad range of debates concerning chemical behavior primarily of cooling water, such as the interactions between water and structural materials or fuel canning materials at atomic power plants, in order to contribute towards further improvements for safety and the reliability of power plants by inhibiting the deterioration from aging for structural materials and fuel canning materials, as well as undertaking activities pertaining to reducing the radiation exposure dosage of personnel and reducing the generation of radioactive waste materials.
Nuclear Safety This subcommittee strives to collect, popularize, and improve knowledge in the unique field of atomic safety, which cannot be covered by individual technical fields such as what the practical safety regulations should be. This subcommittee also strives to increase systematic legislation on atomic energy, increase practical atomic disaster prevention, formulate long-term atomic energy safety research plans, raise the level of safety analysis methods, as well as utilize the results. In addition, debates and investigations pertaining to atomic safety are conducted to collect and systematize knowledge, with the cooperation of experts and expert organizations within and outside the Society.
Advanced Reactor This subcommittee aims to contribute towards the development and progress of new types of furnaces by supporting relevant activities, through academic and technological progress for fourth-generation atomic furnaces such as fast breeder reactors and high-temperature gas-cooled reactors, future atomic energy systems, peripheral atomic fuel technologies, as well as international activities and projects relating to the interchange and training of researchers. Research and development for the next-generation atomic energy that promises dreams: Let us think, discuss, and act together.
Liaison Meetings Activity details
International Nuclear Information Network (ININ) This liaison committee aims to promote cooperation between the Society and atomic energy organizations overseas, while promoting harmony between the members of this Society and those of atomic energy related societies overseas, as well as transmitting and coordinating information relating to atomic energy overseas. This liaison committee is also engaged in issuing the “Overseas Information Liaison Committee Journal,” while holding seminars and conducting other necessary projects. This liaison committee also serves as the Japan Chapter for the American Nuclear Society (ANS).
Student Network This liaison committee aims to facilitate mutual interchanges and opinion exchanges among students, who are expected to make an impact as young participants in various fields in the future, as well as active interchanges with full members (all student members of the Society are admitted to this liaison committee).
Young Generation Network (YGN) This liaison committee was established to improve the transparency and accessibility of the industry, which is otherwise known as the “Atomic Village,” in order to revitalize the industry and to facilitate the smooth transfer of technologies to the next generation and it was therefore established with generations who will take charge of atomic energy in the future, as well as generations who train young people. The network extends to a broad range of generations and fields, even outside the industry, to implement a variety of activities, with bidirectional communications, information sharing, as well as liberal and freehearted debates at the core.
Senior Network (SNW) This liaison committee disseminates energy issues in a correct manner, motivates and drives students, supports their pursuit of dreams and careers. Such activities are promoted in collaboration with the Student Liaison Committee, Instructor Liaison Committee, and subcommittees voicing energy problems in the Atomic Energy Society of Japan.
Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Safeguard, Nuclear Security Network This liaison committee aims to promote the exchange of information pertaining to nuclear non-proliferation, safeguards, and nuclear security, as well as raise awareness regarding the nuclear non-proliferation of atomic energy related persons, thereby contributing to the training of personnel for the future.