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On December 2nd, 1942, Enrico Fermi and his collaborators succeeded in achieving the first critical assembly with a fission chain reaction. Nowadays, more than 440 power reactors are running worldwide and several non-power applications of nuclear energy were made possible from that event.

The Celebration of that memorable event, organised by the University of Pisa in the frame of the ENEN++ project, will start at 14:00 (Italy time) of December 2nd 2022, with connections to operating research reactors, it will continue with an interview to the historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes and with a panel discussion on "Nuclear Energy for a Cleaner Future". It will then end with a Career Event led by the European Nuclear Society with the participation of Thomas Thor.

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14:00 – 14:15 (Italy time)
Welcome remarks

Walter Ambrosini (Professor at University of Pisa)
Marco Ricotti (President of CIRTEN)
Umberto Minopoli (President of the Italian Nuclear Association, AIN)

14:15 – 15:00
Broadcasting of nuclear reactor experiments

BME Reactor in Budapest, JSI Reactor in Ljubljana, Research facility at the IKE, Stuttgart.
Intervention of Ronald Schram, NRG|PALLAS, The Netherlands, about their non-power nuclear activities.

15:00 – 15:30
Interview of the historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes, in relation to his historical accounts of the events of December 2nd, 1942 and to his recent book “Energy: a human history”
Interviewer: Roberta Cirillo, ENEN

15:30 – 16:30
Remark by Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Keynotes and panel discussion on “Nuclear Energy for a Cleaner Future”

o Leon Cizelj, President of ENS (European Nuclear Society)
o Yves Desbazeille, Director General of NuclearEurope
o Sama Bilbao y Leon, Director General of the WNA (World Nuclear Association)
o Roger Garbil, Head of Euratom Research Fission Sector at European Commission PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS
o Gabriel Pavel, Executive Director of ENEN (European Nuclear Education Network) Moderator: Roberta Cirillo, ENEN

16:30 – 17:00 Career Event
Webinar: “International Careers in Nuclear: Overview and Trends”
Invitees: Anelia Koleva and Daria Farcas (Thomas Thor)

17:00 – 17:20
Q&A for Thomas Thor

Moderator: Emilia Janisz, ENS

17:20 – 17:30
Concluding remarks

Nicola Forgione, President of the MSc in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pisa