Enlarged Halden Programme Group Meeting 2021 (EHPG 2021)

The 42nd in the series of Enlarged Halden Programme Group meetings will be arranged at Kongsberg in Norway.

This meeting will be the 42nd in the series of Enlarged Halden Programme Group meetings, arranged to promote the dissemination of the Halden Project’s research activity results as well as to stimulate discussion about the research priorities of the member organisations of the Project.

Approximately 200 people are expected to participate in the meeting, including many of the Project’s technical and research staff.


1st October, 2020          Conference registration opens
15th February, 2021       Abstract submission deadline
15th March, 2021           Paper submission deadline
15th March, 2021           Conference registration deadline
3rd May, 2021                Conference opening session






Registration and payment

Registration will open on 1st October, 2020. Registration deadline: 15th March, 2021.

Please follow the link (to be updated)

Please note that the fee is payable via PayPal upon registration. Please have your credit card details available.

Programme and scope

The meeting will open with an Introductory Session containing overview presentations and invited papers given by the following keynote speakers:

– Willian D. Magwood, Director-General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
– Ho Nieh, Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
– Bruce Hallbert, Director, Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program Technical Integration Office, Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

Broader aspects of some of the topics to be covered in the Technical Sessions are often covered in this opening session.

The subsequent Technical Sessions will address the work performed by the Project, as well as by member organisations. Two parallel sessions will be organised in the areas of Fuels & Materials and Human-Technology-Organisation (HTO) issues.

The items to be covered in the different sessions will include:


  • Fuel Safety and Operational Margins
  • Cladding Performance and Behaviour
  • Plant Ageing and Degradation
  • HRP Legacy Database


  • Operator Reliability
  • Severe Accidents and Human Performance
  • Safety of Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems
  • Control Room Design and Evaluation
  • Future Operational Concepts
  • Plant Operation and Maintenance
  • Decommissioning

The HTO session will be introduced by a keynote panel session including the following topics and speakers:

  1. John O’Hara  Humans and automation in future nuclear plants, design review
  2. Barry Kirwan HRA in aviation and nuclear, learning between industries
  3. Erik Hollnagel Resilience engineering in health and in nuclear, learning between industries
  4. Ali Mosleh Bayesian methods for human performance in an autonomous future
  5. Suzanne Dolecki HOF and their impact on nuclear safety, a view from Canada and from WGHOF
  6. Vinh Dang Human Factors and risk, a view from WGRisk
  7. TBD, pending Cybersecurity, business as usual or new challenges in the main control room?

Call for papers

Contributions from member organisations are encouraged and welcomed. They may cover results from experiments in Halden as well as results from related activities performed elsewhere. 

Abstract submission

Instructions for submitting an abstract:

  1. Please use the template in the link provided and use the formatting settings.
  2. Abstracts should be maximum one page; please include as much information as possible within the space available.
  3. To submit, please use the links provided at the bottom of the page.
  4. Submission deadline is 15th February, 2021

Template for abstracts: link


Paper submission

Instructions for submitting a paper:

  1. Please use the template in the link provided and use the formatting settings.
  2. Maximum file size for Papers is 5 MB.
  3. To submit, please use this link.
  4. Submission deadline is 15th March, 2021

Template for papers: link

Submission site: link

Fee and accomodation


Participants fee: NOK 5,500,- for delegates
NOK   700,- for accompanying persons



Hotel rates

  • Delegates
    • NOK 1,710 per person per day, including full pension (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and use of hotel commodities
  • Accompanying person
    • NOK 1,065 per person per day sharing delegate’s room, including full pension (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and use of hotel commodities
  • Children 0-3 years
    • No charge (no extra bed)
  • Children 4-12 years
    • NOK 625 per child per day (sharing parents’ room), including full pension (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and use of hotel commodities

Conference Hotel payment

A hotel room is automatically booked for you upon registration.
The hotel payment will be charged at the hotel at departure.

Cancellation or changes to a  reservation

Any cancellation or changes should be made by email to EHPG2021@ife.no as soon as possible, and at least 14 days before arrival.

There is a 1,000 NOK fee for all cancellations! – covering administration.

Cancellation made after the deadline will be charged together with the hotel’s no-show fee.

Travel and local information


Kongsberg is Norway’s historic silver mining town, founded in 1624 by king Christian 4 of Denmark-Norway. It is a popular tourist destination, with its mining and coin history, museums, annual jazz festival, and natural surroundings.

Kongsberg is Norway’s industrial innovation hub — an international small town with huge industrial competence. You will find some of the world’s leading technology companies in their fields, competing in the most demanding industries, such as automotive, aviation, defence, subsea and space, including Kongsberg Gruppen, FMS Kongsberg Subsea, Kongsberg Automotive, and GKN Aerospace.

Quality Hotel Grand is located in central Kongsberg, just an hour by car from Oslo and 1 hour and 40 minutes by direct train from Gardermoen airport. The hotel is popular with both business travellers and tourists, and has comfortable rooms, delicious meals, s swimming pool, and a relaxing spa. 


Please arrange your travel to destination Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Kongsberg can be reached by direct train from Oslo Airport Gardermoen (1hr 40 mins.),(https://www.vy.no/en)