NEA Mandates and Structures

Expert Group on Knowledge Management for Radioactive Waste Management Programmes and Decommissioning (EGKM)

Chair(s): Secretary:  Rebecca TADESSE
Member(s):All NEA member countries
Full participant(s): European Commission
Under the NEA Statute
Observer(s)(International Organisation): International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
By agreement
Date of creation:10 September 2020
End of mandate:30 September 2022

Mandate (Document reference):

Mandate (Document extract):

Extract from Document NEA/RWM/IDKM(2020)3/FINAL



The EGKM shall consider activities to support RWMOs in the definition of efficient and effective strategies for the long-term management of a knowledgeable workforce. The expert group is concerned with the creation of knowledge management strategies as well as the analysis of digital technologies and their potential to be used as tools for these strategies.


The Working Party on Information, Data and Knowledge Management (WP-IDKM) has decided to establish the third-level Expert Group on Knowledge Management for Radioactive Waste Programmes and Decommissioning (EGKM). The EGKM shall carry out the following key tasks

  1. Definition of state-of-the-art knowledge management strategies and methodologies suitable for RWM organisational cultures and processes.

2. Seizing and application of state-of-the-art knowledge management methodologies, focussing particularly on implicit and tacit knowledge sharing and preservation.

3. Development of ontologies and assessment of cognitive computing technologies suitable for RWM to be included in knowledge management systems in RWMOs.

To support these primary activities, the expert group shall identify relevant secondary activities to be progressed.

Working methods

The mode of operation of the EGKM is based upon plenary meetings and an ongoing, project-oriented working programme.

A Bureau consisting of a Chair and one or more Vice-Chairs shall co-ordinate and facilitate the work of the EGKM. The Bureau shall normally meet once or twice a year, with one meeting normally held in conjunction with the annual EGKM plenary meeting.

Communication within the EGKM shall primarily take place through annual plenary meetings. The plenary meeting is devoted to:

The EGKM shall report to the WP-IDKM at the annual meetings of the working party.

Additionally, the EGKM shall: (i) identify resources (including funding) and schedules for its activities; and (ii) review the programme of work and its effectiveness.

In fulfilling its Mandate, the EGKM will be supported by the staff of the NEA Division of Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning. 


The EGKM is a task-oriented expert group that should be composed of a diverse range of experts in the field of knowledge management in RWM, decommissioning and non-related fields from NEA member countries, e.g. engineers and scientists in RWMOs, decommissioning and other technical domains involved with data and information management, knowledge managers and social scientists involved with knowledge management on extended timescales (hundreds of years).


The work of the EGKM shall be complementary to that of the IAEA and the EC, and the group should co-operate with its relevant counterparts as well as provide relevant input to the activities of these institutions, as appropriate.

Through the RWMC and Secretariat, the EGKM will co-operate with the NEA standing technical committees and their subsidiary bodies when relevant, in particular those of the Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM) to identify (i) interfaces between the groups and (ii) overlaps and common issues. It may also collaborate with the NEA Data Bank.

In particular, the EGKM will take into account the following NEA report:


The expert group will produce appropriate reports, presentations or workshops with the support of the Secretariat.