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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".

In 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Centre Mondial de la Paix and Verdun will be global focal points of world memory.

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The member organisations of the RK&M project 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.

Draft programme

(all times may be subject to change)

Monday, 15 September 2014

14:00-15:30 Registration / Exhibition opening
The exhibition/poster hall will remain open throughout the conference

15:30-17:30 Conference opening

20:00-22:30 Opening dinner

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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

08:30-12:00 Session 1 "Short Term – Preparing for repository closure"

13:30-17:00 Session 2 "Medium Term – Period of continued oversight"

17:30-18:00 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

08:30-11:45 Session 3 "Long term – Period of loss of oversight"

11:45-12:30 Session 4 "Conference Closure"

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

Thursday, 18 September 2014

All day: Optional visits 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. Final approval will be given by 30 June 2014.

Conference fee

The conference fee will be EUR 300 (EUR 200 early-bird fee for registrations received before 31 May 2014).

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Last reviewed: 11 April 2014