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May 25, 2020 @ 12:00 am - May 29, 2020 @ 12:00 am





To be held in SNC Lavalin Candu,
SP1 building, 2251 Speakman Dr.,
Mississauga, ON, Canada L5K 1B1



THICKET2020 has been cancelled; a new date may be determined in June. Please monitor this website for updates.


The Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD-NEA) proposes to hold a seminar for transferring competence, knowledge and experience gained through CSNI activities in the field of thermal-hydraulics. The seminar organisation will build on the experience gained with the THICKET seminars conducted in the thermal-hydraulic area in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

The seminar will be organised jointly by the Canadian Nuclear Society and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and supported by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The seminar programme is attached.

Objective of the Seminar

The objective of the seminar is transferring knowledge acquired through various CSNI activities to specialists unfamiliar with CSNI activities and to newcomers to the field. The knowledge, competence and experience acquired from activities carried out in the framework of CSNI during the last two decades, through activities such as State-of-the-Art Reports, Computer Code Validation Matrices, investigations on user effects, studies on uncertainty methods, International Standard Problem exercises, specialist workshops, etc. will be provided through lectures by internationally recognised CSNI experts.  Managers and research planners would also benefit from attending the seminar. Relative to previous THICKET courses, the course content has been updated with recent activities [e.g., Best-estimate Methods Uncertainty and Sensitivity Evaluation (BEMUSE and PREMIUM), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) including the Best Practice Guidelines and related benchmarks, the Safety Margin Assessment and Application (SM2A) and Spent Fuel Pool accident activity] as well as new developments from thermal-hydraulic OECD Projects.

Expected benefits:

  • Most achievements of the CSNI are documented in dispersed reports that may not provide a coherent overall picture of current technology.  Moreover, some CSNI reports have not received a wide distribution.
  • The Seminar will provide good transfer of knowledge summarised in CSNI documents to a wide nuclear safety community.
  • It will provide good transfer of experience and know-how from recognised experts who have been associated with CSNI activities since a long time.
  • It will contribute to maintaining and increasing competencies, and to ensuring sustainable development of nuclear safety technology.


Accommodations & Venue

THICKET-2020 will be held in:

SNC Lavalin Candu, SP1 building
2251 Speakman Dr., Mississauga, ON
Canada L5K 1B1
Phone: 905-823-9040

  1. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mississauga – Toronto Southwest, 3-star hotel, 2125 N Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5K 1A3, Phone: (905) 855-2000, web: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/mississauga/msgca/hoteldetail
  2. Hampton Inn by Hilton Toronto-Mississauga West, 3-star hotel, 2085 N Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5K 2T, Phone: (905) 823-8600, web: https://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/hampton-inn-by-hilton-toronto-mississauga-west-XOKCNHX/index.html
  3. Admiral Inn & Suites, 3-star hotel, 2161 N Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5K 1A3, Phone: (905) 403-9777, web: https://www.admiralinn.com/mississauga/

The location of the hotels in relation to the venue is shown in the map below.  The farthest hotel (Hampton Inn by Hilton Toronto-Mississauga West) is 1.3 km away, within 16 minutes walking distance.  There is “Go Train” service between downtown Toronto and the three hotels given above.  For details of these train services and to plan your trip to downtown Toronto, please visit https://www.gotransit.com/

Mid-May to late June is a great time to visit Canada! There are not a lot of tourists so prices are reasonable. Toronto is the capital of the province of Ontario and it is Canada’s largest city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It’s a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, and the free-standing CN Tower. Toronto is very cosmopolitan, and it offers a variety of attractions: music, dance, comedy, theatre, sports, galleries and museums. In May, the average maximum temperature is about 19°C and the minimum is 10°C.


The seminar is open to all qualified participants from research organizations, regulatory organizations, industry, and universities.


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 Registration fee is CAN$2000 including 13% tax

Special discount may be offered depending on the number of participants from the same organization or in relation to participants from lower-income countries: please contact a member of the Organizing Committee before registering in these cases.

The registration fee will cover participation in the lectures, papers and presentations of lectures on CD-ROM, visit to the Darlington NPP, seminar dinner, lunches and coffee breaks. The participants will cover their own travel and living expenses.

Final deadline for registration: February 28, 2020.


Should the number of attendants become too large, a limit will be imposed (currently a maximum of 40 participants is envisaged). Therefore, it is strongly advised to register early: registration will be recorded in the order of arrival of the registration forms and is guaranteed only upon receipt of payment.


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A certificate of attendance will be distributed to the participants at the end of the seminar.

The lectures will be given in English. No translation will be provided.

Seminar Program

Click here to view the conference program (PDF)

Organizing Committee

Nithy Nitheanandan (Chair) – CNSC             thambiayah.nitheanandan@Canada.ca

F. D’Auria (Co-Chair) – UNIPI                     dauria@ing.unipi.it

Wei Shen (Co-Chair) - CNS                          Wei.Shen@CANDU.ORG
Luis Enrique Herranz Puebla – CIEMAT      luisen.herranz@ciemat.es
Didier Jacquemain - IRSN                             didier.jacquemain@irsn.fr
Benjamin Rouben – CNS                               benjamin.rouben@sympatico.ca
Nils Sandberg -NEA                                       Nils.SANDBERG@oecd-nea.org


Contact Us

Thambiayah Nitheanandan,

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission,
280 Slater Street, Ottawa,
ON  K1P 5S9,

Telephone: 613-947-0591,
Email: Thambiayah.nitheanandan@canada.ca




May 25, 2020 @ 12:00 am
May 29, 2020 @ 12:00 am
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