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JOPRAD Project - Open Consultation

JOPRAD launches an Open Consultation on the Programme Document.

The European Commission (EC) Euratom Research and Training Programme complements the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme in the field of management of nuclear waste, including final geological disposal.  EC policy is to move from supporting individual research and training projects to implementing a comprehensive Joint Programme co-funded by the Member States' and the EC.  Depending on the readiness of Member States, a call for a first Joint Programme could be launched as part of the Euratom Work Programme 2018 or 2019-2020.

As part of this process, the JOPRAD Project has developed a Programme Document which sets out a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) related to geological disposal that incorporates the areas of common interest between waste management organisations, techncial support organisations and research entities.  This SRA will form the basis of a future European Joint Programme and will assist consortia in responding to an EC call. It identifies a broad range of research domains which could form potential proposals to be submitted for the call.

Open Consultation of the JOPRAD Programme Document

We would appreciate your input into this process by inviting you to comment on the Programme Document during the open consultation that covers the period from 13th March to 30th April 2017.

In particular, we would like feedback on the Strategic Research Agenda and its suitability to support future European Joint Programming.  In particular, we want to know if you feel the document omits any key areas for future waste management and disposal Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D).

Please direct any comments you may have on the Programme Document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Reminder – Programme Document Workshop, 4th April 2017, London, UK

The contents of the Programme Document will be discussed in detail at the forthcoming JOPRAD Programme Document Workshop that will take place on 4th April 2017 in London, UK.  The agenda for the one-day workshop will be sent in the near future to those registered as attending.

If you haven't already done so, could you please register your interest for the workshop by completing the registration form and emailing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For further information see www.joprad.eu

 

JOPRAD Programme Document Workshop

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Rationale for setting-up a European Joint Programme in the field of RWM

Scientific and technical knowledge has been acquired over more than 40 years of geological disposal and has allowed countries to progress towards licensing (Finland, Sweden and France). RD&D effort at European level will continue to be necessary throughout the lifecycle of geological repository within the field of radioactive waste management in order to ensure optimization of management routes and of disposal solutions, and to comply with the Waste Directive obligations. RD&D will also continue to be compulsory to address evolving regulatory concerns. This RD&D must also be maintained and increased throughout the incremental development, operation and closure of disposal facilities in order to ensure innovation, competence maintenance, knowledge management. Setting-up a Joint Programme is a step change in European collaboration towards safe radioactive waste disposal through a credible and sustained science and technology programme fostering mutual understanding and trust, and ensuring societal visibility and transparency of research and development.

Overall aim of the JOPRAD project

The overall aim of the JOPRAD project (“Towards a Joint Programming on Radioactive Waste Disposal”) is to assess the feasibility and prepare, as an input data, the setting-up for a European Research Joint Programme that would bring together all R&D actors in the field of geological disposal of spent fuel and other high activity radioactive waste, including pre-disposal aspects (treatments, characterisation, conditioning…) and accompanying key horizontal activities (knowledge management, training…).

The Programme Document, main outcome of the JOPRAD Project

The main outcome of the JOPRAD project will be the Programme Document that will form the scientific and technical basis of future Joint Programme. The Programme Document will address:

  • Background, benefits and boundary conditions for a EJP;
  • Key RD&D domains as well as Knowledge Management activities that could be included in a future EJP, in consistency with the national development and operation programmes for geological disposal in Europe;
  • The methodology that was used within JOPRAD to bring out these domains/topics; and
  • A proposal for governance and implementation mechanisms of such a EJP.

A JOPRAD Workshop will be organised on 4th April 2017 in London to present the draft Programme Document. More specifically, this workshop will be the occasion to present:

  • The background for setting-up a Joint Programme;
  • The research domains defined as suitable for a JP by all the R&D actors (Waste Management Organisations, Technical Support Organisations and Research Entities) and how these domains were selected and then prioritised while maintaining the independency of the actors;
  • How the Civil Society has been engaged in the process and how the interaction with stakeholders can be envisaged within a JP;
  • Examples of potential projects (RD&D projects and Knowledge Management activities) that could be carried out within the first phase of a Joint Programme; and
  • A possible governance and implementation mechanism.

Targeted Audience

The Programme Document Workshop is intended primarily for:

  • Ministries, national/regional authorities (programme owners);
  • Waste Management Organisations, Technical Support Organisations and Research Entities concerned with national research programmes and RD&D activities on radioactive waste management, including geological disposal (programme managers);
  • Civil Society stakeholders;
  • European Commission.

Registration

Please register you interest to attend by email to JOPRAD-PDW(at)nda.gov.uk, or for more information please contact the local organisers at raymond.kowe(at)nda.gov.uk or louise.newton(at)nda.gov.uk.

JOPRAD Mid-Term Workshop - Agenda available

JOPRAD is organising its Mid-Term Workshop on 7-8 September 2016 in Prague, CZ.

Date: 7-8 September 2016

icon Mid-Term Workshop Agenda

Venue: Prague Congress Centre

Registration: Registration form to be completed and sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  no later than 31st July 2016.

Further information: www.joprad.eu 

Aim of the Mid-Term Workshop

The Mid-Term Workshop will enable “programme owners” and “programme managers” in EU Member-States to evaluate the feasibility and the added-value of the implementation of a Joint Programming at European level. The programme owners (i.e. ministries, national/regional authorities) are responsible for the implementation requirements of the Waste Directive 2011/70/Euratom in their respective countries. As part of their responsibility, they should provide a formal mandate to the organisations that will be in charge of carrying out RD&D in relation to Radioactive Waste Management.

The “Vision for Joint Programming” i.e. the rationale (including benefits and challenges), the strategy and the technical common priorities will be presented at the Workshop. It will also outline the contractual instruments as well as governance rules and the possible financing schemes.

In addition, it is also intended for Civil Society stakeholders to bring in their interests and ways to be involved in the different activities, as well as participation in the Governance.

The Mid-Term Workshop represents a key milestone towards setting up Joint Programming.

The outcome of the workshop is to reach a common vision on the way forward to prepare and implement Joint Programming between Member States at European level.

The “Vision for Joint Programming”

The “Vision for Joint Programming” is the result of the work of the 6 working groups within JOPRAD that were responsible for preparing the technical and organisational background for a common programme between all actors. After presentation of this “Vision for Joint Programming”, the programme owners, programme managers, the European Commission (EC) and other meeting participants will be invited to express their preliminary position on Joint Programming and evaluate if their needs are adequately covered.

In view of the potential inclusion of a topic in a future Euratom call, the JOPRAD Project will then finalize the RD&D and Knowledge Management work programmes, as well as the proposals for a possible governance and legal scheme.

This will be presented at the final Workshop of the JOPRAD project in November 2017.

Targeted audience

The Mid-Term Workshop is intended primarily for:

Ministries, national/regional authorities (programme owners)
Waste Management Organisations, Technical Support Organisations and Research Entities (programme managers) concerned with national research programmes and RD&D activities on radioactive waste management, including geological disposal.
Finally, the Workshop is also intended for Civil Society stakeholders.
Important dates

1st April 2016: Registration Open and Preliminary programme

31st May 2016: Second announcement and full programme

31st July 2016: Registration dead line

Contact : Antonin Vokal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

JOPRAD Regional Meeting, 3-4 February 2016

JOPRAD is organising a Regional Meeting in order to inform on, engage and involve countries with less advanced geological disposal programmes (LAP) in the process of Joint Programming (JP) and its preparation within the JOPRAD project. See iconJOPRAD - Regional Meeting Flyer

Date: 3 - 4 February 2016

Meeting venue: Marshal Garden Hotel, Bucharest, Romania, 50 B, Dorobantilor Boulevard, District 1, 10574

Agendaicon JOPRAD - Regional Meeting Agenda

In order to achieve the overall objectives, the following particular topics will be addressed:

  • Why Joint Programming?
  • What are the benefits for the Member States?
  • What could be the domain of activities covered by the Joint Programming?
  • What is expected from Member State representatives for the implementation of the Joint Programming (Horizon 2020 EURATOM from WP 2018)?
  • What are the means and tools to implement Joint Programming?
  • How will Joint Programming be prepared and implemented?
  • What is expected from the Member State representatives during the JOPRAD project?

EXPECTED OUTCOMES OF THE REGIONAL MEETING
In order for the LAPs to get involve in the future Joint programming, increase the awareness of decision makers concerning:

General meaning of any future Joint Programming
Possible means and methods for getting involved in JOPRAD, i.e. in the preparation phase for any future Joint Programming
Means and methods for implementing Joint Programming as the outcome of JOPRAD
Benefits of Joint Programming for meeting the Waste Directive requirements
Eventually the meeting will help to stimulate national discussions in order to defi ne Mandated Actors and the tasks assigned to them.
TARGETED AUDIENCE
New Members States governmental institutions representatives;
New Members States representatives from WMOs, TSOs, REs;
The Civil Society representatives;
The nuclear fi ssion community representatives;
The representative from the platforms dealing with education and training.
IMPORTANT DATES
Registration open and Preliminary programme October 31, 2015 
Registration deadline and full programme January 15, 2016
Hotel booking open October 31, 2015
Hotel booking special price deadline December 31, 2015
Hotel booking deadline January 15, 2016

REGISTRATION

Via e-mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meeting fee: Free of charge (an advance registration required)

Accommodation: Marshal Garden Hotel, Bucharest, Romania

Booking: reception(at)marshalgarden.ro (indicate JOPRAD)

Contact person:

- Ms. Jitka Miksova, CVREZ  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Ms. Daniela Diaconu, ICN  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JOPRAD Regional Meeting, Agenda available

JOPRAD is organising a Regional Meeting in order to inform on, engage and involve countries with less advanced geological disposal programmes (LAP) in the process of Joint Programming (JP) and its preparation within the JOPRAD project. See iconJOPRAD - Regional Meeting Flyer

Date: 3 - 4 February 2016

Meeting venue: Marshal Garden Hotel, Bucharest, Romania, 50 B, Dorobantilor Boulevard, District 1, 10574

Agendaicon JOPRAD - Regional Meeting Agenda

In order to achieve the overall objectives, the following particular topics will be addressed:

  • Why Joint Programming?
  • What are the benefits for the Member States?
  • What could be the domain of activities covered by the Joint Programming?
  • What is expected from Member State representatives for the implementation of the Joint Programming (Horizon 2020 EURATOM from WP 2018)?
  • What are the means and tools to implement Joint Programming?
  • How will Joint Programming be prepared and implemented?
  • What is expected from the Member State representatives during the JOPRAD project?

EXPECTED OUTCOMES OF THE REGIONAL MEETING
In order for the LAPs to get involve in the future Joint programming, increase the awareness of decision makers concerning:

General meaning of any future Joint Programming
Possible means and methods for getting involved in JOPRAD, i.e. in the preparation phase for any future Joint Programming
Means and methods for implementing Joint Programming as the outcome of JOPRAD
Benefits of Joint Programming for meeting the Waste Directive requirements
Eventually the meeting will help to stimulate national discussions in order to defi ne Mandated Actors and the tasks assigned to them.
TARGETED AUDIENCE
New Members States governmental institutions representatives;
New Members States representatives from WMOs, TSOs, REs;
The Civil Society representatives;
The nuclear fi ssion community representatives;
The representative from the platforms dealing with education and training.
IMPORTANT DATES
Registration open and Preliminary programme October 31, 2015 
Registration deadline and full programme January 15, 2016
Hotel booking open October 31, 2015
Hotel booking special price deadline December 31, 2015
Hotel booking deadline January 15, 2016

REGISTRATION

Send theicon Registration Form Via e-mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meeting fee: Free of charge (an advance registration required)

Accommodation: Marshal Garden Hotel, Bucharest, Romania

Booking: reception(at)marshalgarden.ro (indicate JOPRAD)

Contact person:

- Ms. Jitka Miksova, CVREZ  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Ms. Daniela Diaconu, ICN  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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