NUGENIA is the result of the integration process of 3 groups active in the nuclear energy research field of Generation II & III technologies:
- The first of the three SNETP pillars: Technology Working Group Gen II & III
- The NULIFE Network of Excellence on nuclear plant life management
- The SARNET Network of Excellence on severe accidents
Each of these groups shall bring its expertise, strength and experience together in NUGENIA.
The first group has an SNETP mandate of action ending in June 2012 that NUGENIA aims to receive at that time. The two Networks of Excellence have a common goal of reaching their sustainability beyond the current contracts with the European Commission, ending respectively in June 2012 for NULIFE and in March 2013 for SARNET.
NUGENIA has been established as a natural progression of the NULIFE mission (it was envisaged to create NULIFE Association / Institute) and as a fruit of close collaboration with the SNETP and SARNET. The legal entity of an association was chosen after a careful review of all European possibilities. The Association being an independent legal entity is open to all nuclear stakeholders endorsing the Statutes. All members of SNETP are welcome as are international and non-European organisations.