26th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology 
10 - 15 July 2022 , Berlin/Potsdam, Germany

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Message of the Chair

Dear friends, 

The organization of SMiRT 26 is moving forward and the in-person conference is mere weeks away from its opening day.

Aign_JörgAs of that, catch the momentum and join more than 460 people, who have already registered for the conference. Scroll through the website pages and discover what else is new, such as the preliminary program with more than 460 presentations and 19 Special Sessions and Workshops or the technical and Sightseeing Tours offered. 

Join the discussions under our motto “Building the future on 50 Years of experience – It’s SMiRT to embrace change”. Share state of the art developments, scientific and technological innovations, and present your company to the audience. SMiRT 26 will bring leaders – such as IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi –, managers and engineers from around the world together to drive innovation for safe, reliable and efficient nuclear energy in the face of the global energy transition. The conference will make a significant contribution to the safety and reliability of nuclear facilities all over the world. It will also help to build, advance and retain scientific-technical expertise and to support young engineers and researchers in the area of nuclear safety. Do not miss the Jaeger Lecture on “Airplane Impact on Nuclear Installations” by Fritz Henkel and Franz Schlüter. 

We also invite you and your companies to look at the possibilities to support the conference through sponsorships or participating in the exhibition and join the companies that have already signed up. 

 Jörg Aign
Conference Chair

Plenary Talks

Global Perspective on Continuous Improvement of Nuclear Safety: 10 years after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident


N. Sekimura, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Plenary Session I,
Wednesday, 08:30 h

Prof. Dr. Naoto Sekimura is a Vice President of the University of Tokyo since 2017, and a
Professor at the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management of the University of
Tokyo. He is currently serving as a chairperson of the Reactor Safety Examination Committee of Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan.
Prof. Dr. Naoto Sekimura is a member of Science Council of Japan and working as a Chairperson of Committee on Nuclear Safety in the Council. He is also acting as a member of technical working group in IAEA, and a member of Global Panel of Universities in OECD/NEA.

Proposal for improvement of worldwide nuclear safety: Basic concept for comprehensive safety assurance against external hazards


T. Takada, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Japan
Plenary Session I, 
Wednesday, 08:30 h

Tsuyoshi Takada is a recently retired professor of the School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo where he taught since 1998. He is an expert on risk and reliability in structural engineering. Particularly, he has been very actively working in the field of seismic safety of nuclear power plants, hazard assessment, fragility assessment, probabilistic seismic risk assessment and risk communication.
Mr. Takada is currently working for the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). Furthermore,
he is being involved in many international activities for safety of structures. He is a member
of IASSAR (International Association of Structural Safety and Reliability.

Contribution of advanced analyses methods in post-Fukushima safety assessment of nuclear facility structures

Shahrokh Ghavamian

S. Ghavamian, NECS, France
Plenary Session II, 
Thursday, 08:30 h

With a Ph.D. from the University of Sherbrooke and a Dr. from ENS LMT Cachan, he has
been practicing as a structural engineer for 24 years. Most of his activity is focused in the
field of nuclear industry. For seven years as an engineer and researcher at the EDF R&D
department, he managed the project of elaborating advanced numerical analyses methods
and FEM program to assess the safety of NPP Pressure Containment Vessels. He pursued
his career as the co-founder of Sixense-NECS and is currently the CEO where he continues
to provide consultancy for structures under severe loading, and continues designing new
solutions in the field of structural engineering.

Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality Driven Digital Engineering for High Precision Construction


A. Gupta, North Carolina State University, USA
Plenary Session II, 
Thursday, 08:30 h

Abhinav Gupta is currently serving as the President of the International Association of
SMiRT (IASMiRT) and is the Director of Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures
(CNEFS) at the NC State University and Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics.
He has served as a visiting faculty at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the past. He
is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at the NC State University and winner
of best paper awards at ASME conferences. He has served in many different roles at SMiRT
conferences over the past two decades and has been responsible for bringing continuous
change in the conference organisation while still maintaining the traditions of SMiRT.

Nuclear safety research under phase out conditions – The BMUV project funding programme

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S. Mohr, GRS, Germany
Plenary Session II, 
Thursday, 08:30 h

Stefan Mohr is Chief Expert for Waste Management Research at the Project Management Agency of GRS gGmbH (PT GRS). The Project Management Agency of GRS is responsible for the management of federal funding measures for research on nuclear safety inclusive decommissioning. In 11 years at PT GRS, Stefan Mohr has been involved in the funding of research projects and international cooperation on all topics of nuclear safety, from reactor safety and nuclear waste management to the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. To
date, the focus of his activities is on research on safety of components and structures as well as on the funding measure he established in 2015 on extended interim storage and management of high active waste (HAW). In addition to national project funding, he also represents the interests of Federal funders in international research projects and supports the research community in expanding and maintaining their national and international networks.

Sponsorship & Exhibition 


SMiRT 26 offers attractive opportunities for friends and partners to become a sponsor of the conference. 

Present your company and meet potential clients.

Become a Sponsor


A vendor exhibition will be conducted to complement the technical presentations.
Take the chance to present your company, products and services to the professional audience.

Book your booth


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Accompanying Programme

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Social Programme

  • Welcome Reception
  • Exhibitor and Poster Evening
  • Conference Dinner

Sightseeing Tours

  • POTSDAM - at a glance
  • BERLIN - multifaceted capital
  • DRESDEN - Residence of the Saxons - Monarchy

Technical Tours

We are in the process of organising some interesting tours. They will be offered here shortly.

Post Seminars

Fire Safety in Nuclear Power Plants and Installations 
24 – 25 October 2022 in Westerburg, close to Braunschweig, Germany (with Technical Visit of Fire Laboratory on 26 October 2022)

Abstract Submission until 22 July 2022

Organisation and logistics of the seminar as well as submission of abstracts and registration: GRS gGmbH, Germany

Seminar Topics:

  • Regulation and standards
  • Fire safety in the design and operation of new and future nuclear installations
  • Operating experience and lessons learned
  • Experimental research and results
  • Fire model experience and validation
  • Deterministic fire safety analysis and probabilistic fire risk assessment (Fire PSA)
  • Risk-informed, performance-based fire protection
  • General experience


Heki Shibata Early Career Award

SMiRT 26 will continue the Early Career Shibata Award. The objective of the award is to identify and recognize outstanding work of young and early career professionals, defined here as participants who have earned a Bachelor’s degree within 10 years of July 2022.

At the time of registration, authors have to indicate if they want their paper to be considered for the Heki Shibata Early Career Award. The early career professional must be (a) the first author of the paper, and (b) the presenter of the paper at the conference. The ISC Division Coordinators will identify papers for further consideration. An expert panel will then rank these papers based on technical merit and innovation, and a member from the expert review panel will attend the presentations of these top ranked papers. Finally, the expert panel will rank the papers using a composite ranking of 70 % for paper content and 30 % for the presentation. A total of 3 awards will be presented - a cash award of €1000 and a free conference registration at the next conference (SMiRT 27) for the winner, and cash awards of €500 and €250 for the first and second runners up, respectively.

Robert Kennedy Award

In recognition of Dr. Robert Kennedy’s significant contributions to the nuclear industry, IASMiRT bestows this award to the author(s) of the best submitted technical paper on subjects related to Dr. Kennedy’s field of practice:

  • Probabilistic and deterministic characterization of external hazards;
  • Modelling and response analysis of structures, systems, and components including experimental and analytical approaches; 
  • Characterization of Design Basis and Beyond Design Basis considerations in Design Codes & Standards and in Regulatory documents; 
  • Probabilistic methods to improve design, operation, and safety. Probabilistic safety assessment (PSA) and margin assessment. Development of risk-informed and performance-based approaches and risk-based and performance-based regulations, codes and standards.

The ISC Division Coordinators and corresponding Special Session Chairs will propose eligible papers for further consideration by an Expert Panel. The Expert Panel of IASMiRT and the ISC Chair will decide on the winning paper, which will receive a US$ 1000 cash prize at the award ceremony.



The German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP) is a not-for-profit organisation and the body which coordinates all NDT activities in Germany.

The DGZfP encourages international communication be­tween research and development institutes, on the one hand, and NDT users, equipment manufacturers and service providers, on the other, by organising multinational conferences.


TÜV NORD is a worldwide leader in the field of technology services and supports companies and partners in more than 70 countries for a wide range of applications. Among these, TÜV NORD is a full service provider in the field of nuclear safety, supporting in Germany exclusively the regulatory body; in the international environment any party involved in nu­clear is a potential customer for consultancy, engineering and inspection services.


swissnuclear is the association of the Swiss nuclear power station operators and represents their joint interests in relation to the general public, politics and government.

swissnuclear provides support to the nuclear power stations for safe sustainable operations and in the further stages of their life cycle. It is committed to optimising overall conditions, internally and externally.

University of Kaiserslautern

The Institute of Structural Analysis and Dynamics is devoted to excellent scientific research and education in the fields of earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, probabilistic safety assessments and innovative and smart materials and structures. A specific focus area is the safety of nuclear structures, systems and components.

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September 20, 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Thomas Jaeger’s opening of SMiRT 1 in Berlin. Remembering that date, we posted the video message for your kind consideration. We hope all this will motivate you to join us from July 10 through 15, 2022 for SMiRT 26 as the next in-person conference in the long SMiRT tradition and make it a memorable conference.



Dates & Downloads

Key Dates

  • Conference date new: 10 – 15 July 2022
  • Deadline for abstract submission: NEW 26 September 2021
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: November 2021
  • Deadline for registration & payment of presenting authors: 31 March 2022
  • Deadline for full paper submission: 31 March 2022