The primary objective of the annual international conference “Nuclear Energy in New Europe” is to foster the exchange of information and cooperation amongst professionals active in the fields related to the peaceful utilization of nuclear energy. The conference traditionally blends contributions from research and educational institutions, nuclear vendors, utilities and regulatory bodies and therefore provides a forum for all nuclear stakeholders. 212 participants from 27 countries attended the conference.

The 2009 conference outlined the need for "Research and Education for Sustainable Nuclear Power". Highly educated and motivated nuclear professionals will certainly provide the essential driving force for the future of the nuclear energy. The internationally announced needs for large quantities of energy from low carbon sources are expected to further advance the needs for both research and research based education of young professionals.

The conference "Nuclear Energy for New Europe" recognized the need to foster the development of young nuclear professionals already in 1997. The traditional contest for best papers prepared by first authors aged no more than 32 years has been organized since then. In 2009 a record-breaking 22 young authors from 7 countries participated in the contest. The Award for Young Authors was presented to Marco Pecchia from University of Pisa (Italy) and Martin Draksler from Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia).

The editorial activities of these proceedings started in the January 2009 with the Call for papers and 187 submitted abstracts. The program of the conference was set by the Program committee, on a meeting convened in Domžale, Slovenia, at the end of May 2009. At the conference, 6 invited lectures and 146 papers were presented: 38 of them orally, 108 as posters.

All 131 papers published in these Proceedings were presented at the conference, reviewed and recommended for publication by two referees.

Three Best Poster Awards were awarded in appreciation of excellence in presentation to posters:

"Assessment of Po-210 Ingestion Dose Due to Fish and Squid Consumption from Slovenian Market" by Marko Štrok and Borut Smodiš,
"Modelling of Solidification Influence on Steam Explosion Efficiency in MC3D" by Mitja Uršič and Matjaž Leskovar, and
"Development and Application of MCNP5 & KENO-VI Monte Carlo models for the ATUCHA-2 PHWR analysis" by Marco Pecchia, Carlo Parisi, Francesco D'Auria and Oscar Mazzantini.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the invited lecturers and authors for their excellent contributions. The support from the Nuclear Society of Slovenia and Jožef Stefan Institute who co-organized the event, and from the corporate sponsors, by far exceeded the expectations and contributed significantly to the success of the meeting.

Special thanks go to the members of the Program committee, who solicited papers and elaborated the conference program. We are also indebted to the members of the award committees, who diligently worked through the excellent papers submitted by young authors and excellent poster presentations and selected the best. The Session chairs ascertained lively discussions within tight schedules and are praised for the smooth running of the conference. Many thanks go also to the reviewers for their prudent suggestions to improve the papers.

At last, but not least, we would also like to recognize the dedication and enthusiasm of the Organizing committee, who was strongly supported by Ms. Tanja Klopčič, Mr. Andrej Sušnik, Mr. Zoran Petrič, Ms. Mateja Južnik and Ms. Uršula Turšič.

We are looking forward to meet you all at the International Conference “Nuclear Energy for New Europe” in Portorož, Slovenia, from September 6 to 9, 2010.

of the Program Committee
Leon Cizelj
of the Organizing Committee
Boštjan Končar

Ljubljana, December 2009