Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations
    Working Group on External Events (WGEV)

    International Workshop on

    Riverine Flooding: Hazard Assessment and Protection of Nuclear Installations

    OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France
    21-23 March 2018

    Hosted by the NEA

    First announcment

    Registration deadline E-mail registration 1 March 2018
    Deadline for abstract submission (if planned)   1 March 2018
    Deadline for presentations   14 March 2018

    General information

    The NEA Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) Working Group on External Events (WGEV) will hold an international workshop on Riverine Flooding: Hazard Assessment and Protection of Nuclear Installations. The workshop will be hosted by the NEA on 21-23 March 2018 at the OECD Conference Centre (Room CC13) in Paris, France. The workshop is planned for three days. This announcement includes information on this event and a call for abstracts to be submitted for presentation at the workshop.

    Objectives

    Working under the mandate of the CSNI, the objective of the WGEV is to improve the understanding and treatment of external hazards that would support the continued safety performance of nuclear installation (NIs), and enhance the effectiveness of regulatory practices in NEA member countries.

    The objectives of the workshop are to review and discuss current national regulatory approaches and operating experience, technical methods for the assessment of riverine flooding events, protection of NIs against river floods and promote the effectiveness of preventative measures.

    Information obtained as a result of this workshop should help to provide an understanding of key regulatory issues related to the characterisation and assessment of riverine flooding events and the determination of activities to address knowledge gaps.

    WGEV background

    The CSNI WGEV is composed of a forum of experts for the exchange of information and experience on external events in NEA member countries, thereby promoting co-operation and maintenance of an effective and efficient network of experts.

    The main mission of the WGEV is to improve understanding and treatment of external hazards that would support the continued safety performance of NIs and to improve the effectiveness of regulatory practices in NEA member countries.

    At its 58th meeting, the CSNI approved the recommended task on riverine flooding: hazard assessment and protection of nuclear power plants (NPPs), pursued by the WGEV. It was expected that the first activity would be a survey of CSNI members to identify current regulatory requirements, scientific/technical approaches and identification of needs for further research and development for riverine floods hazards assessment and flood protection. Following an initial assessment of the survey results, a workshop would be planned to involve relevant experts in identifying activities required to address knowledge gaps.

    In this context, WGEV is organising the International Workshop on Riverine Flooding: Hazard Assessment and Protection of Nuclear Installations in March 2018. The outputs will be workshop proceedings and recommendations for follow-up activities.

    Format and outline

    The workshop will include an opening session, three technical sessions devoted to presentations by participants on the topics drawn below and a closing session. The closing session will summarise the discussions and develop conclusions and recommendations for possible further CSNI action.

    The workshop will focus on the following technical areas:

    • regulatory approaches and operating experience;
    • technical methods for hazard assessment;
    • protection of NIs against river floods.

    All participants are expected to take part in the discussion and in the formulation of conclusions in the closing session.

    Logistics and participation

    Participants

    As is customary with NEA workshops, participation is open to experts from regulatory authorities and their technical support organisations, research organisations, operating organisations, industry associations and observers from NEA member countries. The maximum number of attendees allowed is 70.

    The meeting is also open to a small number of experts from partner countries.

    Registration

    Participants should fill out the attached registration form and send it via e-mail to the NEA no later than 1 March 2018. For any further information, please contact:


    Division of Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation
    Nuclear Safety Specialist
    Tel.: +33 1 45 24 11 27
    Fax: +33 1 45 24 11 29


    Division of Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation
    Assistant
    Tel.: +33 1 45 24 11 13
    Fax: +33 1 45 24 11 29

    The organising committee will confirm the acceptance of registrations for the workshop.

    There is no registration fee for this workshop. The venue, reception and coffee/refreshments between sessions will be complimentary. The presentations submitted to the workshop organising committee will be publicly available on the website during the workshop.

    Language

    All presentations and discussions will be in English, and good command of the English language will be necessary to fully benefit from the workshop.

    Papers and presentations

    Abstracts should be submitted electronically by 1 March 2018. Presentations should be sent electronically no later than 14 March 2018 and they should not exceed the time slots allocated in the workshop agenda, which includes five minutes for answering questions.

    Workshop proceedings

    Proceedings from the workshop will be published and will include abstracts and presentations from the opening session, technical sessions, conclusions and recommendations from discussions during the panel sessions, and the closing session of the workshop. 

    Location and accommodation

    The workshop is organised by the NEA and will be held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris (2, rue Andre Pascal), France. The OECD is located close to public transportation (metro, RER and bus lines). More information can be found on www.oecd-nea.org/general/practical/. The nearest metro station is La Muette station (line 9).

    Participants are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements. On the Internet, there are many resources available to find hotels in close proximity to the OECD. A list of hotels near the OECD can also be found on www.oecd-nea.org/general/practical/.

    Visas and invitations

    Participants who require a visa to enter France should request a letter from the NEA as soon as possible to support their travel plans. For participants who require an invitation letter please contact to the NEA to confirm your specific needs.

    Workshop organising committee

    Name Organisation Country
    NRC United States
    GRS Germany
    IRSN France
    CSNC Canada
    KAERI Korea
    NEA International

    Last reviewed: 27 October 2017