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Proving Futures and Governing Uncertainties in Technosciences Sciences and Megaprojects

Andra with the special contributions of CNRS and INRIA organizes an international meeting on 12-14 December 2016 in Paris on Proving Futures and Governing Uncertainties in Technosciences Sciences and Megaprojects.

Foreknowledge Assessment

Preliminary Programme

Website http://www.foreknowledge2016.com/

Technosciences and megaprojects are frequently challenged by societal debates. Since direct experience is often barely accessible in these domains, given the complexity and long-time frames involved, anticipatory tools like numerical modeling and simulation, future scenarios, QSAR, or analogical reasoning have become major instruments for scientific and technical demonstration. However, the basis and the results attained through these instruments are frequently questioned by non-specialists for their related uncertainties, in particular when leading to decisions that impact the future of generations to come. Focusing particularly on how uncertainties are dealt with and governed, the conference will address the knowledge and practices embedded in this kind of situations with regard to collective decision-making.

The conference organisers specially invite contributions that examine and discuss specific cases other than from a reductionist quantitative perspective. Beyond the usual epistemic focus, we are principally interested by how current knowledge and uncertainties are framed, qualified, and rendered discussable among experts, decision-makers and diverse publics, and therefore by pragmatic approaches of confidence building and choice elaboration.

This conference, organised by Andra with the special contributions of CNRS and INRIA, provides a venue for discussing original scientific contributions in an open interdisciplinary framework, and aims to initiate a series of regular meetings. The “Foreknowledge Assessment Series” would seek to enhance the dialogue between scientists, policy actors, stakeholders and informed citizens.

Program Committee : Madeleine Akrich (Mines ParisTech), Luis Aparicio (Andra), Anne Bergmans (Universiteit Antwerpen), Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne), Soraya Boudia (Université Paris Descartes), Michel Callon (Mines ParisTech), Jean-Alain Heraud (Université de Strasbourg), Pierre-Benoît Joly (IFRIS), Saida Laârouchi Engström (SKB).

Workshop on Planning R&D towards Geological Disposal

The 8th International Summer School on Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management will take place from 12-16th September 2016 at the JRC in Ispra, Italy. A parallel training workshop on Planning R&D towards Geological Disposal will also take place. The participants will be able to discuss issues directly with experts and other delegates, and have the opportunity to learn from their international experience.

Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management are important parts of the nuclear power plants' life cycle and a crucial factor in public acceptance of nuclear power generation. At the end of the operational life of the first generation of nuclear power plants, an effective nuclear decommissioning process and management of its waste will prove to be vital. A thorough analysis of waste production routes is needed in order to manage waste safely for workers, the public and the environment. This needs also to be applied to research, medical applications and industrial activities such as mining, as well as electrical power generation. An effective characterisation and management of waste includes appropriate environmental monitoring and the application of sound principles of the waste cycle. This includes policy, regulatory issues, radiation protection, human resources management and aspects of stakeholders' involvement.

The 8th edition of the International Summer School on Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste management will elaborate with those aspects mentioned above. It will bring together many international experts in nuclear decommissioning and waste management. The participants will be able to discuss issues directly with experts and other delegates, and have the opportunity to learn from their international experience. This year, the course is organised around several technical sessions and will feature visit to JRC-ISPRA's laboratories that are involved in decommissioning and nuclear and radioactive waste management.

The parallel training workshop on Planning R&D towards Geological Disposal will be organized around the three following sessions:

  • Session I: R&D Planning
  • Session II: Implementing the R&D Programme
  • Session III: Governance and Case Studies for R&D Programmes

Participants to the Workshop are invited to follow the overall sessions of the Summer School on Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management from 12 to 16 September 2016.

More information on the icon Summer School Announcement and the icon Workshop Leaflet (planning R&D).

Registration: https://web.jrc.ec.europa.eu/rem/
Deadline for registration: 26 August 2016 (registration is free of charge)
Place: JRC – ISPRA, Italy
Organisers: European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), University of Milan and Italian Radioprotection Association (AIRP)

Official website: http://2016.radioactivewastemanagement.org/index.php/

2nd PETRUS-OPERA PhD and early-stage researcher conference on radioactive waste disposal

The second PETRUS-OPERA PhD Conference dedicated to Radioactive Waste Management and Geological Disposal will be held from 27th June to July 1st 2016  and hosted by Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. icon PETRUS OPERA Announcement 

Co-organised within the PETRUSIII project granted by the European Commission and the OPERA, the Dutch national research programme.

The conference consists of two main components:

  • A set of high quality lectures on radioactive waste disposal presented by outstanding international experts. These lectures are open to all attendees.
  • Oral presentation and poster exhibition of on-going research work by participants. The best oral and poster presentations will be rewarded.

PhD students and early-stage researchers who are involved in any aspects of radioactive waste research are invited to submit an extended abstract of 1-3 pages. Research subjects from the social and economic areas related to the radioactive waste management are also welcomed.

Participation in PETRUS-OPERA PhD Conference 2016 is free of charge*.
*Accommodation and travel is payable by the participants.

Registration for the conference, abstract submission, and hotel information are available at: www.petrus-opera2016.eu 
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ENETRAP specialised training course

ENETRAP specialised training course for RPE in geological disposal

In the framework of the European Network on Education and Training in Radiation Protection (ENETRAP III), several courses were developed for the Radiation Protection Expert (RPE) following the European Reference Training Scheme. These will be organised by the ENETRAP III partners at different locations in Europe.

ENETRAP Module on geological disposal is a course designed for Radiation Protection Experts (RPEs) working in the geological disposal of radioactive waste, in compliance with Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom (BSS).

This training course will be organised July 18-22, 2016 (Karlruhe, Germany)
iconCourse leaflet

iconBackground document

Registration for the course is available on the ENETRAP section in the booking portal under:  http://www.fortbildung.kit.edu/353.php 
More information on the ENETRAP III training courses is available on the ENETRAP III website:  http://enetrap3.sckcen.be/.

DAEF 2016

2nd Conference on Key Topics in Deep Geological Disposal – Challenges of a Site Selection Process: Society – Procedures – Safety –DAEF 2016, will be held in Cologne on 26-28 September 2016.

icon DAEF 2016 - 2nd Announcement

Deadline for abstract submission is Monday: April 4, 2016 (iconAbstract DAEF 2016, max. 500 words).

Topics are:

  1. International experiences in designing and implementing siting processes – mastering social and technical challenges;
  2. Development and application of science based site selection criteria;
  3. Scientific aspects of the nuclear waste disposal safety case.

 Website: http://www.daef2016.org.

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