Underpinning Science and Technology for Radioactive Waste

Our Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) is sponsoring the “Underpinning Science and Technology for Radioactive Waste” conference which takes place at Loughborough University, Leicestershire from 18 to 20 October 2011.

The conference is being jointly organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Radiochemistry group and: the Geological Society, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Nuclear Institute, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Mineralogical Society.

The conference will bring scientists, engineers and other specialists together to discuss chemical, geological, hydrological, materials, engineering and other technical issues associated with the long term management of radioactive waste in the UK.

It will showcase and publish research relevant to radioactive waste storage and disposal.

Neil Smart, Science Director at RWMD said:

“There has been a tremendous response to the call for papers for the conference. Papers originate from a mixture of academic and industrial researchers, ensuring a comprehensive representation of the research activities supporting this important programme. The papers were independently scrutinised and accepted for the event by the conference Scientific Advisory Committee.”

The conference will feature eight themes each chaired by the Learned Societies with introductions by staff from RWMD.

Neil said:

“We will summarise key points from the research underpinning our recently published Disposal System Safety Case (DSSC)

see https://www.nda.gov.uk/aboutus/geological-disposal/rwmd-work/dssc/

and discuss  how material presented at the conference could advance our knowledge and the science underpinning geological disposal of radioactive waste.”