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Constructing Memory (Construire la mémoire)

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An International Conference and Debate on the Preservation of Records, Knowledge and Memory of Radioactive Waste across Generations

Organised with the support of Andra (Agence nationale pour la gestion des déchets radioactifs / French Radioactive Waste Management Agency)


Centre Mondial de la Paix
Verdun, France
15-17 September 2014

Long-term projects of any nature are vulnerable to loss of records, knowledge and memory (RK&M), and the international community of radioactive waste professionals is focusing on work to preserve RK&M across generations. Schemes for maintaining RK&M need to be prepared while the interest is high and funding is available. This conference will provide a forum for specialists and interested parties in RK&M preservation in general and radioactive waste in particular to discuss prospects, current projects and challenges, and to build synergies. The OECD/NEA will share the findings of its ongoing international initiative on the "Preservation of RK&M across Generations".

Please consult the conference website for more information about the event, including the programme and registration.

The member organisations of the RK&M initiative are Andra (France), DOE (USA), GRS (Germany), Nagra (Switzerland), NDA (UK), NWMO (Canada), Ondraf/Niras (Belgium), Puram (Hungary), SURAO (Czech Republic), SCK•CEN (Belgium), SFOE (Switzerland), SKB (Sweden), SSM (Sweden) and STUK (Finland). Support is also provided by the IAEA.

Programme (overview)

(All times may be subject to change.)

Monday, 15 September 2014

14:00-16:30 Participant check-in

16:45-19:30 Conference opening

19:30-20:15 Exhibition opening presence of the artists

The exhibition/poster hall will be open throughout the conference

20:15-22:00 Reception

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

All day: The exhibition/poster hall will be open during the sessions.

09:00-10:45 Session 1 "Short Term – Period until repository closure"

11:15-13:00 Session 2 "Medium Term – Period of continued oversight"

14:45-17:45 Session 3 Discussion groups

17:45-18:10 Day 2 Closing lecture

20:00-22:00 Conference dinner

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Morning: The exhibition/poster hall will be open during the sessions.

08:30-10:00 Session 4 "Long term – Period with no oversight"

10:10-12:00 Session 5 Discussion groups

12:00-12:30 Conference closure

Afternoon: Optional visits to the Bure Underground Laboratory or the Verdun memory sites

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Optional visit to the Bure Underground Laboratory

Call for posters

Space will be available for posters related to the topic of the conference as described above. For further details, please contact the conference secretariat at . Poster abstracts should be submitted no later than 15 June 2014. The decision of the Programme Committee communicated by 30 June 2014.

Conference fee

The conference fee is EUR 300. To register online, please visit www.constructing-memory2014.org/registration. Registration will close on 31 August.

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Last reviewed: 20 June 2014