IGD-TP Symposium and Webinar: The role of optimisation in radioactive waste geological disposal programmes
Symposium: 11-13 January 2022, Webinar: 26 January 2022
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We are sorry to announce that, due to Covid-19, we have decided to postpone the IGD-TP Symposium and Webinar. Recent concerns about the latest Covid-19 variant have led to various governments increasing their travel and quarantine measures, including the Swiss Government. Given this change and uncertainty regarding the status of restrictions in early January 2022, we have decided to postpone the IGD-TP Symposium and Webinar.
There is a strong desire to hold the Symposium as an in-person event to ensure as much free discussion as possible. Therefore, we have decided to postpone the event rather than make it a virtual one. As the webinar follows directly on from the Symposium, this linked event is also postponed. A new date will be determined in the next few months, but it is likely to be in late summer/early fall of 2022 – this will be announced in the spring. We plan to keep the same event programme, speakers, posters and panellists.
As we are postponing, rather than cancelling the event, we plan to carry across all registrations for the Symposium and Webinar made so far. If you would prefer that we remove you from the registration list, please inform firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, we will carry across your Symposium registration fee to the new event date, but if you would prefer a refund instead then please inform email@example.com.
We are sorry to make this decision, but we hope this helps to clarify your plans. Stay safe!
Geological disposal projects are first of a kind projects, span several decades, and are multi-billion endeavours. In order to build and operate repositories safely, to make consistent progress, and to ensure efficiency, optimisation of all aspects plays a critical role and is a continuous activity throughout its implementation. While safety optimisation is well established, also through international guidelines, optimisation of the implementation of geological disposal has gained increased attention. This symposium and webinar aim to summarise the status of the main aspects of repository optimisation from a technical-scientific viewpoint and to discuss future directions.
To enable access and involvement of all interested parties, the event will be held in two parts. The first, physical event, will consist of a two-day meeting in Zurich with sessions on:
- the role of optimisation in selected national geological disposal programmes
- technology and material optimisation
- lessons learned from optimisation in large infrastructure projects
- integrating optimisation for safety
- global optimisation approaches – concepts and numerical applications
A number of side events will also be arranged to make the most of attendee time. Registration for such meetings will be arranged separately to the Symposium.
The third day will provide an opportunity for attendees to tour the Mont Terri underground research laboratory, the ZWILAG interim storage facility or a Nagra drill site as part of the ongoing exploration programme for the site selection process (see below for facility descriptions). Tour numbers are limited.
The second part of the event will consist of a live webinar that will include a panel discussion and question and answer session. Talks and posters presented at the Symposium will be recorded and made available online, prior to the webinar. It will be possible to submit questions for the webinar panelists in advance on the IGD‑TP website and during the webinar.
Interested parties can attend the Symposium, the Webinar, or both events.
Irina Gaus (Nagra, Switzerland) Chair
Ingo Blechschmidt (Nagra, Switzerland)
Johanna Hansen (Posiva, Finland)
Tiina Jalonen (Posiva, Finland)
Axel Liebscher (BGE, Germany)
Jon Martin (RWM, UK)
Maarten Van Geet (ONDRAF/NIRAS, Belgium)
The draft programme is available here
Symposium: 11-13 January 2022, Zurich, Switzerland Postponed! New date to be confirmed.
Webinar: 1330-1600 CET, 26 January 2022, Online Postponed! New date to be confirmed.
Registration: As the event has been postponed due to Covid-19, registration for the Symposium, Webinar or both, has been temporarily closed until details of the new event date are confirmed.
Registration fee: The costs of both events are subsidised by the IGD-TP. However, a small fee is required to support the Symposium:
- Option 1: Registration fee (€200). Includes participation on both days, refreshments and lunch.
- Option 2: Registration fee and dinner (€250). Includes Option 1 plus a 3-course dinner at the Sheraton Zurich on day 1.
- Option 3: Registration fee and day 3 excursion (€250). Includes Option 1 plus the day 3 excursion (transport, refreshments, lunch, site).
- Option 4: Full package (€300). Includes all options (meeting attendance, dinner and excursion).
The Webinar is free to attend for all.
Update of 29 November 2021: As we have postponed the event, we plan to carry across all registrations for the Symposium and Webinar made so far to the new date. If you would prefer that we remove you from the registration list, please inform firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, we will carry across your Symposium registration fee to the new event date, but if you would prefer a refund instead then please inform email@example.com.
Poster submission: As the event has been postponed due to Covid-19, registration and poster submission has been temporarily closed until details of the new event date are confirmed.
The submission must include the poster title, authors and their affiliations, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. We strongly encourage you to submit poster applications that align to the IGD‑TP Strategic Research Agenda; the Key Topic area that your poster is most closely linked to must be identified. There will be a prize for the best poster.
Deadline: Poster abstracts must be submitted by 15 November 2021.
Accepted poster authors will be notified by 30 November and a release consent form supplied at that time. The poster presenter must physically attend the Symposium.
Guidance: Poster sessions will be grouped according to Key Topics in the IGD-TP Strategic Research Agenda. The posters will be set up in the refreshment area within the Symposium venue to increase visibility and attendee interaction. One of the significant advantages of a poster presentation is that it allows one-on-one time with the audience for exchange of information and to answer questions. Poster presenters are encouraged to verbally and visually convey the importance of their subject, including its implications and significance.
The posters will be displayed electronically and must be provided by 7 January 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org. A PDF file format is expected to be best, although JPG files can be supplied with ratio 16:9, HD 1920 x 1080 pixels or UHD 3840 x 2160 pixels. The monitors are 55”, with dimensions 1250mm x 790mm.
Symposium posters will also be displayed on this website, increasing the visibility of your work.
Rock laboratory Mont Terri (mont-terri.ch)
The Mont Terri rock laboratory is situated to the north of St-Ursanne in the canton of Jura, around 300 m underground. It is accessed via the safety gallery of the Mont Terri motorway tunnel. The rock laboratory comprises 1200 m of galleries and niches. The horse-shoe shaped galleries are 4 to 5 m high and well-lit. The key question being investigated is: can radioactive waste be stored safely in Opalinus Clay? The Mont Terri rock laboratory is engaged solely in research; no deep geological disposal facility will be built at Mont Terri. There are 22 partners from Europe, Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, the USA and Switzerland carrying out research at the Mont Terri rock laboratory. This will be a full-day tour including a small lunch.
ZWILAG Wurenlingen (www.zwilag.ch)
ZWILAG, the Swiss interim storage facility, is a key link between the generation of waste and its disposal in deep geological repositories. Until underground repositories are available, radioactive waste must be kept in interim storage for 30 to 40 years. All categories of radioactive waste generated in Switzerland are processed and temporarily stored in the ZWILAG facility and the neighbouring federal interim storage facility. This will be a half-day tour and will include a small lunch.
Nagra Borhole site Bachs or Rheinau (www.nagra.ch)
Nagra is currently in the final stage of a deep drilling campaign as part the last stage in the Sectoral Plan leading to the site(s) for the repositories for HLW and L/ILW. The knowledge gained in Rheinau is important for understanding the properties of the Opalinus Clay, which is of relevance for all three potential siting regions (Jura Ost, Nördlich Lägern and Zürich Nordost). In addition, Nagra is planning a borehole in the community of Bachs in the Nördlich Lägern siting region. This will be a half-day tour and will include a small lunch.
Accommodation: The cost of accommodation in Zurich is not included in the registration fee and must be booked and paid directly by the participant. We recommend the following two hotels, which are both within walking distance to SIX Convention Point:
- Sheraton Zurich – https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/zrhzs-sheraton-zurich-hotel/
- 25hours-Hotel Zurich West – https://www.25hours-hotels.com/en/hotels/zurich. Note that there are two 25hours-Hotel’s in Zurich – please make sure that you book the Zurich West.
You will find more hotels via Zurich tourism: https://www.zuerich.com/en
Webinar: The access link will be provided directly to registered participants.
We would like to make this event as accessible as we can. We strongly encourage you to contact us if you need further information or have any queries.
- The conference rooms and toilets are on the same floor and are wheelchair accessible. A hearing loop is available. Service animals are not allowed.
- The conference dinner venue is wheelchair accessible and has accessible toilets. Service animals are allowed.
- For the optional tours on day 3, participants should be in good physical condition as there are some steps to take and a certain distance to walk.
|27 April 2021||First announcement|
|10 September 2021||Registration opens|
|10 September 2021||Second announcement and call for posters|
|15 November 2021||Poster abstract submission deadline extended!|
|30 November 2021||Symposium registration closes and selected poster presenters informed|
|30 November 2021||Covid-19 review and final decision to proceed with the Symposium|
|20 December 2021||Final programme published|
|7 January 2022||Deadline to supply oral presentation and poster files|
|11-13 January 2022||IGD-TP Symposium – EVENT POSTPONED! New date to be confirmed.|
|20 January 2022||Symposium presentations and posters published on www.igdtp.eu|
|25 January 2022||Webinar registration and advance question submission closes|
|26 January 2022||IGD-TP Webinar – EVENT POSTPONED! New date to be confirmed.|
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