Limitation of maximum radioactive releases in hypothetical accidents, minimisation of waste, avoidance or transmutation of long-lived radiotoxides, non-proliferative fuel cycles, application of 'natural' safety principles etc. matched with competitiveness will be the main challenges for nuclear R&D in the next decades. Synergetic cooperation on a European or even global level has to substitute former national programmes. The fast developing computer-supported collaborative work technologies will ease the communication between R&D teams at different locations even far beyond powerful actual telecommunication capabilities, thus promoting work-shared R&D structures of different centres of excellence in Europe and elsewhere. The SINTER Network succeeded in establishing a prototypical interactive telecommunication platform on Internet http://www-is.ike.uni-stuttgart.de/sinter and to test and improve it in practise when synthesising complex multi-partner projects on innovative reactor technologies and collecting data on R&D proposals and test facilities. Information on more than 500 R&D projects are now available on the Web after having included the Joint Safety Research Index into the database.
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