JRC-ITU has, since 2001, organised a bi-annual summer school on actinide science. The initiator to the first ITU Summer School was Director Jerry Lander. The summer school targets students and young researchers who have an interest in basic actinide chemistry, physics and material science, and offers them a glimpse at the intriguing science of the 5f elements and their application in modern society. The school consists of 16 academic lectures given by international experts in the field, as well as 12 demonstrations and practical exercises in the laboratories of ITU and the neighbouring German research centre, Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie (KIT). 481 students and young researchers have attended the seven schools organised from 2001 to 2013, an average of 70 participants per school. There are normally an equal number of male and female students. The schools are over-subscribed and the numbers must be limited because of the limited space for practical exercises.
The school is built on three main pillars:
• Nuclear Safeguards, Security and Forensics (4 lectures)
• Nuclear Fuel Cycle (nuclear fuel and fuel processing) (6 lectures)
• Basic Actinide Science (physics and chemistry, incl. super heavy elements) (6 lectures)
Since 2004, the ITU summer school is complemented by the Actinet School (CEA) or Journées des Actinides School on the Physics and Chemistry of the Actinides, run during the year when there is no ITU Summer School.