About the Conference
"Šimáně 2021" is an annual student conference on the topic of Nuclear Engineering organized by the Faculty of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. This conference date is on June 24th, 2021. The conference is open to all students and recent graduates interested or working on topics related to nuclear power, applications of ionizing radiation, modeling, simulation, and material science. The conference aims to provide a platform for students to present their research and publish their scientific work, facilitating and creating professional networks among students from various nuclear-related disciplines and to remind Czechoslovak founders of nuclear-related sciences to the young generation.
The Nuclear Doyenne
Professor Čestmír Šimáně, born on May 9, 1919, in Opava, graduated at the Dr. Beneš Technical University in Brno, later he was on a study visit at Fréderic Joliot-Curie at the College de France. After coming back from abroad, he worked at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Masaryk University in Brno, he was the first employee of the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czecho-Slovak Academy of Sciences. In 1955, he became the first director of the newly established Institute of Nuclear Physics in Řež (INP) - see the video below. His successful career continued and he became the Dean of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences of the Czech Technical University in Prague (FNSPE CTU), a Director at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (IAEA) and also a Deputy Director at the Joint Institution of Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia (JINR).
Furthermore he was a member and also a president in several professional and organizational committees and advisory boards concerning mostly the field of nuclear physics and energy. He also took part in scientific boards of JINR, INP and FNSPE CTU. His scientific a pedagogical activity was mainly aimed at the experimental nuclear physics and energetics.
Professor Simane remained professionally active even in his late senior years, his last position was at the MT25 microtron laboratory. His last article was finished about a month before his passing at the age of 93 on July 26, 2012.
Nuclear Research Institute
Professor Šimáně was the first director of the newly established and built Nuclear Research Institute in Řež. The Řež site was chosen due to several reasons. The site was guarded by a cliff from the west, it was near Prague and the most important was the presence of ater, whcich was essential for reactor coolig. The site construstion started in 1955 and the reactor, first in the Czechoslovakia, started operation in 1957.
We would like to thank all participants of Simane 2021 for an amazing day of nuclear science! High quality peer-reviewed paper are published in a special Acta Polytechnica Issue. We are looking forward to Simane 2022!