IGD-TP Symposium and Webinar: The role of optimisation in radioactive waste geological disposal programmes
Symposium: 20-22 September 2022, Webinar: 29 September 2022
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Symposium registration has now closed but you can still register for the webinar!
We are delighted to announce that, following postponement due to Covid-19, new event dates have been arranged and registration has now re-opened for the IGD-TP’s international symposium on the role of optimisation in geological disposal programmes for radioactive waste. Hosted by Nagra in September 2022, the event is open to anyone interested in geological disposal of radioactive waste.
Register for the Webinar here.
If you registered your attendance for the original event date, then there is no need to do so again. The Symposium organisers will be in contact to confirm any details with you. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
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 or Grimsel underground research laboratories, or the ZWILAG interim storage facility (see below for 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. Questions can be submitted in advance via the IGD‑TP website and during the webinar.
Interested parties can attend the Symposium, the Webinar, or both events.
The event does not take the same format as previous IGD-TP public meetings, as broader radioactive waste research interests such as discussed at our previous exchange forums are now addressed through the work of the EURAD European Joint Programme.
Irina Gaus (Nagra, Switzerland) Chair
Ingo Blechschmidt (Nagra, Switzerland)
Johanna Hansen (Posiva, Finland)
Tiina Jalonen (Posiva, Finland)
Axel Liebscher (BGE, Germany)
Jon Martin (NWS, UK)
Maarten Van Geet (ONDRAF/NIRAS, Belgium)
The draft programme is available here
Symposium: 20-22 September 2022, Zurich, Switzerland
Webinar: 1330-1600 CET, 29 September 2022, Online
Registration: Registration for the Symposium has now closed, but you can still register for the Webinar here.
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 dinner on day 1 is now FULL ***
The Webinar is free to attend for all.
All registrations would be refunded in full if the physical event were to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please note that a COVID certificate may be needed for travel and to enter the premises.
Update of 4 April 2022: If you previously registered for the original event date, you will be contacted by the Symposium organisers to confirm your registration details; there is no need to register again. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poster submission: Poster submissions have now closed.
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 1 July 2022.
Accepted poster authors will be notified in early August and a release consent form supplied at that time. The poster presenter must physically attend the Symposium.
Note: If you submitted a poster for the original event date, your poster is automatically accepted for the new date. The Symposium organisers will contact you to confirm this and check if any changes are required. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Guidance: Poster sessions will be grouped according to Key Topics in the IGD-TP Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). The nine SRA topics are:
- Post-closure Safety Case
- Wasteforms and their Behaviour
- Technical Feasibility and Long-term Performance
- Implementation and/or Optimisation
- Safety of Construction and Operations
- Methodologies for Site Characterisation
- Strategy for Repository Project Development
- Knowledge Management
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 16 September 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) *** This tour is now FULL ***
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) *** This tour is now FULL ***
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.
Grimsel Test Site (www.grimsel.com)
The Nagra Grimsel Test Site (GTS) is an underground research laboratory (URL) located in crystalline rock in the Swiss Alps. Since 1984, Nagra has worked with more than 20 international partners at the GTS to ensure the availability of scientific and technical expertise in the field of radioactive waste management. The research has focused on understanding key processes in the geosphere and engineered barriers, as well as on investigating the behaviour of radioactive materials under realistic conditions relevant to deep disposal. The GTS also hosts large-scale experiments to demonstrate the technical feasibility of complex components at a realistic scale for all types of radioactive waste. The on-site visit will provide an insight into the current status of research activities at GTS and show the contribution of the various experiments to the challenging development, optimisation and implementation of deep geological repositories. Last but not least, the stunning landscape also invites a visit. This will be a full-day tour including a small lunch.
Update 4/04/22: The previously offered tour of a Nagra drill site is no longer possible as Nagra’s exploration programme for the site selection process has now finished. Anyone who registered previously for this tour will be contacted by the Symposium organisers. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
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 reasonable physical condition as there are some steps to take and a certain distance to walk.
|April 2022||Registration re-opens|
|1 July 2022||Poster abstract submission deadline|
|1 August 2022||Symposium registration closes|
|5 August 2022||Selected poster presenters informed|
|2 September 2022||Final programme published|
|12 September 2022||Deadline to supply poster files – please note this is new earlier date!|
|16 September 2022||Deadline to supply oral presentation and poster files|
|20-22 September 2022||IGD-TP Symposium|
|26 September 2022||Symposium presentations and posters published on www.igdtp.eu|
|28 September 2022||Webinar registration and advance question submission closes|
|29 September 2022||IGD-TP Webinar|
Further information will be added to this page as it becomes available. For any other queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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