The second edition of the Nuclear Corrosion Summer School (NuCoSS-19) is co-organized by the EC project MEACTOS and by Working Party 4 “Nuclear Corrosion” of the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC, event no. 440) and will take place at Hotel Špik in the beautiful alpine area of Slovenia. Please find below information on the event. A flyer can be downloaded from here.


  • Some photographs are available (for attendees only): here.
  • A document with some leisure activities is available now: download. Please reserve the activities in advance via a form.
  • NuCoSS-19 is sold out and registration has closed! (We might repeat this school again in 2023…)
  • The three winners of the EFC Student Grants (chosen from a number of excellent applicants by a review committee) are: Mr. David Kumar, University of Bristol, UK; Ms. Kamila Wilczynska, CEA, France; Ms. Lindsay Braithwaite, Western University, Canada

Important dates

  • Registration cut-off date: May 15, 2019 Registration CLOSED

Please note that the number of attendees is limited! The spaces will be given away on a “first come – first serve” basis.


Corrosion of nuclear materials, i.e. the interaction between these materials and their environments, is a major issue for plant safety as well as for operation and economic competitiveness. Understanding these corrosion mechanisms, the systems and materials they affect, and the methods to accurately measure their incidence is of critical importance to the nuclear industry. Combining assessment techniques and analytical models into this understanding allows operators to predict the service life of corrosion-affected nuclear plant and storage canister materials, and to apply the most appropriate maintenance and mitigation options to ensure safe and economic long-term operation and waste storage.


The summer school will cover all necessary topics, starting with fundamental electrochemistry, to provide a self-consistent understanding of nuclear corrosion issues. Internationally renowned experts (D. Féron, F. Scenini, D. Engelberg, R. Kilian, H.P. Seifert, R.-W. Bosch, P. Efsing, J. Noël, S. Ritter, E. Gipon, and L. Martinelli) will give lectures on the following topics (the programme will be available at a later stage):

  • Electrochemistry and corrosion
  • Overview on corrosion in the nuclear cycle
  • Corrosion in light water reactor plants (incl. monitoring & mitigation aspects and a focus on environmentally-assisted cracking)
  • Corrosion in nuclear waste disposals
  • Corrosion in Gen IV systems
  • Case studies and ageing management
  • Advanced technologies to characterize corrosion

Target audience

The summer school is primarily intended for people from nuclear authorities, industry and research organizations who would like to get a comprehensive overview on the field of nuclear corrosion.

Between lectures – have some (networking) fun!

The schedule consists of morning and evening lecture sessions with plenty of free time in between, intended for networking and organized sport & leisure activities.


The summer school will take place in Hotel Špik, in the beautiful alpine area of Slovenia (close to Kranjska Gora). The Hotel is situated about 60 km (45 min by car) from the International Airport Ljubljana (see map below).

Špik, Alpine Resort, Slovenia


The summer school will start on Sunday late afternoon (July 7) and end on Friday after lunch (July 12). There will be morning and evening lectures during the whole week, including one practical exercise session. The detailed programme is available here (minor changes are still possible). The lecturers can be seen here.

Common meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and one social event are organised and included in the registration fee. More leisure and sports activities will be avilable at your own costs (see extra item below).


Rooms have been pre-reserved in Hotel Špik (Alpine Resort, Jezerci 21, 4282 Gozd Martuljek, Slovenia, phone: +386 4 587 7100, e-mail: If you register for the Summer School, the room reservation and charge from Sunday, July 7 until Friday, July 12 is included. Only if you would like to arrive earlier than Sunday or stay longer than Friday you need to arrange this directly with the hotel.

Travel information

The most convenient way to get to NuCoSS-19/Hotel Špik is to fly to Ljubljana international airport and then to take a (pre-reserved) shuttle/taxi to Gozd Martuljek. But also other options are available, e.g., via Austria. Please find a document with travel information for download from here.

On Sunday, July 7 there will be two shuttle rides from Ljubljana airport to Hotel Špik organized by NuCoSS-19 free of charge (please reserve a seat via the “activities” form here, if you plan to use one of the shuttle rides):

  1. at approx. 12:00 (waiting for the 11:30 Zürich flight)
  2. at approx. 15:10 (waiting for the 14:40 Paris flight)


Registration & fee

The registration form can be found below (scroll down to the end of this page). A very moderate fee needs to be paid to cover the costs for accommodation, breaks and meals. A major part of the School costs is covered by our supporters/ sponsors (see below) and by the EU project MEACTOS!

  • Student fee, shared room: € 610
  • Student fee, single room: € 710
  • Regular fee, single room: € 990

The fee needs to be paid by bank transfer (an invoice will be issued a few weeks after your registration) and includes: Access to the lectures; USB-stick with hand-outs; coffee/tea breaks; accommodation in Hotel Špik (3* or 4* room, check-in on July 7 afternoon, check-out on July 12 after lunch); 5x breakfast, lunch & dinner; access to the hotel’s pools; internet access; one social activity (on Wed. afternoon).

PLEASE NOTE: NuCoSS-19 is sold out!

The final registration cut-off date was May 15, 2019.

The general terms & conditions, incl. the cancellation policy can be found here.

Social/leisure activities

Wednesday afternoon (for all): Bus trip from the hotel to the Vršič pass (1611 m) to the source of the Soča river. Coffee & snack at the cabin and those willing to see the source are encouraged to walk the rather challenging trail (15 min) from the cabin to the source. Several stops along the way at points of interest (e.g., Russian Chappel or Lake Jasna) are possible.

More information:

Further activities for all other afternoons are described in a document which can be downloaded from here. If you are interested in one or several of those activities, please fill out the reservation form as soon as possible, but no later than June 19.

Organizers and contact

Local organizer:

Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, ZAG

Bojan Zajec (main contact:, Andraz Legat & Tadeja Kosec


International organizing committee:

Stefan Ritter (PSI,

Damien Féron & Laure Martinelli (CEA), Grace Burke, Dirk Engelberg & Fabio Scenini (University of Manchester-MPC)

Other information

Sponsors and supporters

The summer school is co-organised by the Horizon 2020 EC project MEACTOS and by Working Party 4 “Nuclear Corrosion” of the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC event no. 440). The support by the following organizations is gratefully acknowledged!

This event receives funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement no. 755151.