There is a broad international consensus that high-level radioactive waste arising from electricity production by nuclear fission has to be safely isolated from the biosphere. Disposal in deep geological formations is considered the best approach to protect human beings and the environment from radiological exposures. However, the design of an appropriate site selection process for a repository still represents a challenge and different strategies are pursued in those countries with advanced geological disposal programs.
A site selection process for a repository for high-level radioactive waste and / or spent nuclear fuel has to consider and to reconcile:
The reconciliation of these aspects may differ from country to country but experience shows that “safety first” is the overriding principle.
Considering the time scales of many decades required to implement a repository for high-level radioactive waste from initiating the site selection process to the closure and possibly post-closure monitoring, evidently science and technologies related to nuclear waste disposal have to be developed further during the process. Keeping and improving know-how and expertise during decades requires strong efforts to support and organize research in all related scientific disciplines with a strong focus on interdisciplinary aspects as well as permanently educating and training scientific and technical staff.
The third international conference Key Topics on Deep Geological Disposal – Challenges of a Site Selection Process: Society – Procedures – Safety will focus on the following topics:
The conference will provide an adequate forum for fruitful scientific exchange and a valuable instrument for further improving multilateral co-operation for mutual benefit. The program will consist of invited and contributed presentations (oral and posters); the conference language will be English.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our DAEF 2021 Conference in Cologne!
Challenges of a Site Selection Process:
Society – Procedures – Safety
2nd announcement & call for abstracts:
end of June 2020
Deadline abstract submission:
end of August 2020
The German association for repository research (DAEF) represents leading research organizations active in radioactive waste disposal research. The aim of this association is to contribute to the safe disposal of radioactive waste, to support respective research and education, and to offer respective fact based information.