Technical Tours – CNEA


Bariloche Atomic Center (CAB according to the Spanish acronym), San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro Province.


Located where the nuclear activity was born in Argentina, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro Province, this Atomic Center walked its first steps during the novel years of the 1950´s, becoming the very first Atomic Center in Latin America and one of the few around the world by then. It was created with the purposes of Research and Development in Nuclear Sciences, and since its origins belongs to the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), an organization of the argentine state committed to the development and application of advanced technologies in the field of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It is worth mentioning that at the present, CNEA develops diverse research and development activities on the field at different atomic centers and sites, becoming “CAB” one of the three under the domain of the institution.

The Center it is mainly devoted to research, development and training of human resources in the area of Physics and Nuclear Engineering. Among the facilities it hosts:

  • The RA-6 (1 MW) research reactor, used mainly for training and education purposes, but also to perform research activities within the fields of Boron Neutron Capture Therapy technique. Since an agreement between CNEA and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the reactor is involved on the “Internet Reactor Laboratory” (IRL) project, by which regional institutional counterparts benefit from the argentine experience and infrastructure, facilitating the training of their own human resources;
  • The CAREM Simulator Control Room, of the first Small Modular Reactor 100% designed by CNEA where personnel is being trained to operate the future prototype. ;
  • RA–10 research reactor and CAREM engineering facilities and laboratories, experiment rooms where the main technical groups are working on the betterment of these projects;
  • Nanotechnology laboratories, integrated by cleanrooms where all sorts of experimental activities on the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology are being performed;
  • The Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy Center a center under construction about to start its operation, that will combine CNEA experience on nuclear applications on health, as well with human resources training and activities of diagnose and treatment of patients;
  • The CAB houses the prestigious Balseiro Institute, a worldwide recognized training institute that has prepared national and foreign human resources in the nuclear field;
  • And last but not least the “Leo Falicov” Library, where reference books and publications are kept and available for consultation along with virtual resources on topics linked with the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

From the very beginning of the National Nuclear Plan, the importance ofHuman Resources training was manifest, and in this sense in 1955 the School of Advanced Physics, in charge of the prestigious PhD. José A. Balseiro was established on the grounds of the CAB. Later on, this Institute adopted the name of its founder, and today it is known worldwide as the “Balseiro Institute”. Presently the Balseiro Institute is a world renowned Nuclear training facility, well experienced in the field and currently the Institute grants Academic Degrees in Physics, Nuclear, Mechanical and Telecommunications Engineering. Also the Institute grants Masters in Physics,Engineering, Medical Physics and PhDs in Physics; Nuclear Engineering; Engineering Sciences; and a Specialization in Technological Applications of Nuclear Energy, among others.

In order to study in the Balseiro Institute, 3rd year university students from all over the region, apply for a scholarship, but only the highest grades and the more promising students make it to its classrooms. This is wherethe new generations of nuclear engineers and physicist carry out their studies in the nuclear field.

In recent years the Balseiro Institute got the recognition of IAEA as an “IAEA Collaborating Centre for Human Resources Development for Nuclear Technologies and their Applications”.


For these visits, there is a meeting point established, as well as a meeting time, to take the transportation towards INVAP, CAB or Huemul Island. Transportation from the meeting point in Bariloche to CAB is include in the fee. Participants within this technical visit will receive an email containing detail explanations.

Schedule for Bariloche Atomic Center (CAB)

Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Friday, 16th of March, 2018

1st Group

  • 9:30 AM Arrival and accreditation at CAB
  • 10:00 AM Visit to RA-6 Research Reactor
  • 11:00 AM Visit to CAREM Simulator
  • 12:00 PM Group photo at Leo Falicov Library
  • 12:15 PM End of tour and return
  • 1:00 PM Arrival at meeting point

2nd Group

  • 1:30 PM Arrival and accreditation at CAB
  • 2:00 PM Visit to RA-6 Research Reactor
  • 3:00 PM Visit to CAREM Simulator
  • 4:00 PM Group photo at Leo Falicov Library
  • 4:15 PM End of tour and return
  • 5:00 PM Arrival at meeting point


Please be advice that all participants must carry their passport for accreditation upon arrival at the main gate.

It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing. It is prohibited to enter the Atomic Center wearing shorts, flip flop, or high heels.

It is prohibited to enter with food or drinks to the Atomic Center.

The use of notebooks, tablets and mobile phones inside the building is forbidden.

It is prohibited to take pictures inside the building.


Point of Contact:

Martín Giampietro +549 11 59479212

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