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International Conference on Geological Repositories: Advancing Geological Repositories from Concept to Operation (ICGR 2020)

7th June 2021 to 11th June 2021

Sirkus Hall, Paasitorni, Helsinki, Finland

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Please note that due to COVID-19, the sixth International Conference on Geological Repositories (ICGR) will now take place on 7-11 June 2021, with the site visit on 11 June 2021.

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The sixth International Conference on Geological Repositories (ICGR) will take place in Helsinki, Finland from 8 to 11 November 2020. The conference will bring together senior‑level decision makers from countries advancing programmes for deep geological repositories.

Following the conference, a site visit to a low and intermediate level waste repository with an exhibition on the underground rock characterisation facility (ONKALO) at Olkiluoto, Finland, will take place on 12 November.

Further information, including registration instructions, travel information and an initial agenda, can be found on the dedicated page at the NEA website.

Objectives

The objectives of the conference are:

  • To take stock of progress since 2016 in developing and implementing geological repositories for long-lived radioactive waste, and to advance mutual learning through the international forum for the exchange of perspectives and experiences.
  • To examine the latest issues and challenges encountered by various stakeholders in different developmental stages by sharing experiences among countries developing geological repositories.
  • To enhance international co-operation for transforming research results into practical and reliable technologies for the long-term implementation of disposal facilities.
  • To identify opportunities to strengthen co-operation for building and maintaining confidence in the geological repository life cycle.
  • To improve involvement of the younger generation in the development and research of geological disposal.

Background

Worldwide consensus exists within the international community that geological repositories provide the necessary long-term safety and security to isolate long-lived waste from the human environment over extended timescales. It is also feasible to construct these repositories using current technologies. However, providing the technical merits and safety of repositories, challenges remain in many countries, including building and maintaining public confidence, availability of skilled staff as well as transfer of information and expertise. The involvement of the younger generation is also often challenging, but crucial for the sustainable development of geological disposal.

Building upon the success of previous conferences held in Denver (1999), Stockholm (2003), Berne (2007), Toronto (2012) and Paris (2016), ICGR 2020 brings together high-level decision makers from responsible government ministries, regulatory bodies, waste management organisations, research institutes and local stakeholders, as well as young professionals and students to review current perspectives of geological repository development. The 2020 conference on advancing geological repositories from concept to operation is designed to show the significant progress in developing geological repositories in the last two decades by:

  • Promoting the sharing of information and experience;
  • Discussing various best practices in demonstrating technical reliability;
  • Sharing approaches in building human capacity and building stakeholders’ confidence in the safe construction and operation of long-term geological repositories.

Target Audience

The target audience is composed of all stakeholders related to geological repositories, including engineers and scientists in radioactive waste management, implementers, research organisations, regulators, decision makers, responsible government ministries, environmental organisations and the public. International organisations are also invited. University students (Bachelor, Master and PhD students) and young professionals with 0-5 years’ work experience or under 30 years old are encouraged to register for the Younger Generation Session and participate in discussions in other sessions.

Registration and Further Information

To register, please click the relevant link below. Registration ends on 30 September.

An initial agenda and concept note for the conference are available. For further information, including detailed registration instructions and travel information, please visit the NEA website.