Over the past five years, major developments have taken place in a number of national programmes for the geological disposal of radioactive waste. Significant experience has been obtained both in preparing and reviewing safety cases for the operational and long‑term safety of deep geological repositories (DGRs). Some countries are approaching the industrial implementation of a geological disposal and are, therefore, increasingly focusing on the feasibility of constructing and operating a repository that is safe and secure in the short and long term. New insights are also available concerning the basis for regulations and the challenge of communicating highly technical information to a wide range of stakeholders.
The NEA Integration Group for the Safety Case (IGSC) has been organising a series of symposia focusing on the development of a competent and robust safety case since 2007, in co‑operation with other international organisations. The first symposium, "Safety Cases for the Deep Disposal of Radioactive Waste: Where Do We Stand?", and the second, "State of the Art", took place in 2007 and 2013, respectively. The purpose of the 2018 symposium is to determine and document achievements since 2013, to share good practices and consider future direction.
The symposium will focus on the technical aspects of the safety case for the post‑closure phase of DGRs. The interplay of technical feasibility, engineering design issues, operational and post‑closure safety and non‑technical challenges such as safety case communication will be explored.
The main aim will be to share practical experiences on preparing, developing, documenting and reviewing a safety case from both the implementers' and reviewers' perspectives. Others will include:
The symposium is open to individuals concerned with the geological disposal of radioactive waste, including implementers, regulators, technical and social science researchers, and interested stakeholders.
A registration fee of 300 euros will be payable by each participant. The special registration fee for students is 200 euros. Registration fees include coffee during the breaks, lunches and the conference dinner.
Enquiries about the conference should be sent to .
The IGSC Symposium 2018 will be take place on board of the SS Rotterdam (a stationary former cruise ship) in Rotterdam.
Rooms can be reserved by visiting the folllowing page: ssrotterdam.com/special/igsc-symposium/
Abstracts (300-500 words) are solicited for both the oral presentations and the poster session. Contributors are asked to register and select the topic which is the most relevant for their submission. The programme committee will notify the authors of the acceptance of the abstracts for the oral presentation or poster session. Abstracts must be submitted through the conference website; please visit the site for full instructions. The extended deadline for abstracts is 30 April 2018. If they are accepted, full papers (3-7 pages) must then be submitted by 14 September 2018. They will be published in the final proceedings of the symposium.