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IGD-TP Exchange Forum 7 - Presentations available!

The IGD-TP 7th Exchange Forum (EF7) was held on October 25-26th, 2016, at the Hotel Córdoba Centre, Córdoba, Spain.

See iconIGD-TP EF7 Agenda.

See icon7th Exchange Forum


Annually, the IGD-TP Exchange Forum brings together the geological disposal of radioactive waste community in order to i) informally discuss common interests in RD&D, ii) highlight IGD-TP ongoing activities and EC projects, iii) initiate or enhance collaboration with other organisations, iv) explore new ideas that could complement the IGD-TP Strategic Research Agenda, and v) prepare future activities and projects that may be developed in the framework of the EC Euratom work programme.

This 7th edition was themed around increasing the maturity of technology. It was an opportunity to update members on the platform activities during 2016, inform the community on the outcomes of the recently completed BELBaR, LUCOEX and DOPAS projects and collectively explore the potential of future Joint Activities (through four subject specific working groups).
Furthermore, the Exchange Forum also aimed to summarise the future research needs as currently envisaged by WMOs, TSOs and Research Entities, and open the discussion up to the audience via a panel question and answer session.
This Exchange Forum helped in preparing for future projects, calls, and also initiate or increase interaction between research organizations, waste producers and waste management organizations.
To fulfil the above objectives, the Exchange Forum last two days and will dedicate significant time for presentations and discussions in the following four subject specific technical working groups:

  • WG1 - Industrialisation and optimisation
  • WG2 - Canister Design
  • WG3 - High temperature clay interactions
  • WG4 - Spent fuel characterization


IGD-TP Newsletter #4

The fourth issue of the  icon IGD-TP Newsletter 4  is now out!

IGD-TP Newsletter aims to keep all interested parties informed on the activities of the IGD-TP platform (IGD-TP Joint Activities, technical projects, past and upcoming events, etc.).

To register to this newsletter, please send an email 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. .


The idea to start the MIND-project was born at the Exchange Forum 4, in Prague in 2013. Microbiologists and geochemists met at first in a working group within the IGD-TP. During the discussions it was found that there were many questions and unresolved issues in common for the different organisations.
The project brings together 15 European groups focusing on key questions posed by waste management organisations. The emphasis will be on quantifying specific measureable impacts of microbial activity on safety cases under repository-relevant conditions, thus altering the current view of microbes in repositories and leading to significant refinements of safety case models currently being implemented to evaluate the long-term evolution of radioactive waste repositories.
The MIND project officially started June 1, 2015 and the kick-off was held in Brussels September 2, 2015. Representatives from all 15 organisation participated. MIND is a multidisciplinary project addressing key technical issues that must be tackled to support the implementation of planned geological disposal projects for both higher-level (HLW) and intermediate level (ILW) radioactive wastes across the EU.
The ScientificTechnical Work Programme is divided into two operative Work Packages (WPs) focussing on ILW and HLW respectively. The third Work Package concerns data implementation and communication intended to share the outcome of the experimental work packages to a broad audience, including students, professionals, the scientific community, stakeholders and the lay community. Work package 4 concerns Project management.
For further information, please visit: www.mind15.eu

Future and Emerging Technologies Consultation

The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Unit has just launched its online consultation (see the press memo at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-328_en.htm) to identify game-changing directions for future research in any technological domain. The consultation targets scientists and researchers from the widest range of disciplines, innovators, creators or interested bystanders and members of civil society in general. Its purpose is to initiate thinking about future proactive initiatives to be included in the next FET Work Programme for 2016 and 2017 under the Excellent Science pillar of H2020, similar to what we did for preparing the FET call topics for the ongoing Work Programme (2014-2015).

We are keen to include in this consultation process the input from the European Technology Platforms on visions for research that may disrupt their established roadmaps, can serve as radical alternatives or even make them obsolete in the future. Such could be good directions for FET to invest in. You can contribute these ideas, either through the on-line consultation (see below) or send your position statements on this directly to FET ( 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.

The consultation is here http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/content/consultation-new-fet-proactive-topics

The closing date is currently set at June 15th 2014


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Executive Group

The Executive Group (EG) is the decision and management forum of the platform. The technology platform will be implementer-driven. Members of the EG will be organisations either being responsible for implementing a waste management programme or being formally responsible for the RD&D programme needed for implementation. In addition, research organisations with significant autonomous budgets and/or available funding that can contribute to the work of the technology platform are foreseen to have an advisory role to the EG.

The EG members’ responsibilities are:

  • to take decisions and steer the different tasks of the platform
  • to prioritize activities and projects (to be funded jointly) for deployment
  • to initiate, monitor, and evaluate activities
  • to fund the secretariat (equal division)
  • to approve the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and Deployment Plan (DP)
  • to establish working groups
  • to encourage information exchange with ”Mirror groups” including regulators and
  • to develop reports and information to the Exchange Forum.

The current chairman of the IGD-TP Executive Group is Monica Hammarström, SKB.


The Executive Group appoints the Secretariat, whose responsibilities are:

  • to organise and coordinate the activities of the IGD-TP
  • to support the finalisation and publication of the SRA and DP of the IGD-TP
  • to contribute to that the IGD-TP is organised in an appropriate manner to achieve the committed vision according to the timeframes set in the Vision Document, in the finalized SRA and in its DP
  • to act as an information and communication centre about the activities of the IGD-TP and on developments in the waste management community.

The Secretariat:

  • maintains a public website at www.igdtp.eu where information and documents about progress, future and past events are published
  • supports the exchange of information among the committed members and other exchange fora
  • fosters consultation and cooperation on projects.

The Secretariat reports to the Executive Group.

Working Groups

Working Groups will be established within the working programme. These groups will have specified mandates such as development of the SRA, development of supporting activities such as Competence Maintenance, Education and Training (CMET), Interface Working Group (IWG) and Nuclear Knowledge Management (NKM). The IWG will develop and follow work on how to interact with stakeholders. Cooperative projects and other forms of Joint Activities carried out in the Working Groups will follow the Executive Group's decisions and the Deployment Plan.

Other participants

Regulators and Technical Safety Organisations are also invited to participate in the technology platform by forming for example mirror group(s) as decided by them. The regulator’s interaction with the platform shall not compromise their independence or prejudice their decisions.


You can download the pdf Figure on the organisation of the IGD-TP (489.34 kB)

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