Jan Runermark Award 2011 – Helmuth Böck, Austria

The president of the Austrian Nuclear Society, Helmuth Böck, has been named as the 2011 winner of the European Nuclear Society’s Jan Runermark Award.

Mr Böck, who is also a member of the NucNet board of directors, was nominated by the Austrian Young Generation for his “continuous and encouraging support over many years”.

Mr Böck has been president of the Austrian Nuclear Society since it was founded in 1980. The society’s primary aim was to reestablish the Zwentendorf nuclear plant, which had been built, but never began operation because of a referendum in 1978. A second referendum was planned for 1986, but was cancelled following the Chernobyl accident.

Mr Böck graduated in 1966 in technical physics and obtained his professorship in reactor safety in 1979. He was reactor manager at the Vienna Research Reactor from 1967 to 2008. From 1970 to 1978 he was an expert for the licensing of the information and control systems at the Zwentendorf plant.

Since 1975 Mr Böck has served as an expert to the International Atomic Energy Agency and has accompanied more than 150 missions for research reactors. Since 1999 he has also served as an expert to the EU on nuclear-related projects.