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    International Conference on Geological Repositories

    Continued Engagement and Safe Implementation

    OECD Conference Centre
    Paris, France

    6-9 December 2016

    11/18/2016 to 11/24/2016

    Time is running out. Register by 25 November to secure your place.


    The fifth International Conference on Geological Repositories (ICGR) will take place from 6 to 9 December 2016 in Paris, France. This conference, entitled Continued Engagement and Safe Implementation of Geological Repositories, brings together senior-level decision-makers from countries advancing programmes for deep geological repositories.

    The conference will provide a forum to explore how various stakeholders manage the implementation of repository programmes in their countries. It will be an opportunity for local community hosts to share experiences alongside international and national perspectives.

    Two separate study tours will also available to Bure and/or Centre de l'Aube.


    • to take stock of progress, since 2012, in developing and implementing geological repositories for long-lived radioactive waste, and to advance mutual learning through exchanges of international perspectives and experiences;
    • to examine the latest issues and challenges encountered by various stakeholders in different developmental stages;
    • to consider social, political, scientific and economic aspects in order to advance understanding of the complexity of implementing geological repositories.


    Long-lived radioactive waste must be isolated from the human environment over long time scales. There is worldwide consensus that geological repositories provide the necessary long-term safety and security and are feasible to construct using current technologies. However, proving the technical merits and safety of repositories, along with satisfying societal and political requirements, has been particularly challenging in many countries.

    Building upon the success of previous conferences held in Denver (1999), Stockholm (2003), Berne (2007) and Toronto (2012), ICGR 2016 brings together high-level decision-makers from regulatory / local government bodies, waste management organisations and public stakeholder communities to reveal the current perspectives of geological repository development. The 2016 conference, Continued Engagement and Safe Implementation of Geological Repositories, is designed to promote information and experience sharing particularly in policy development, regulatory frameworks (particularly in addressing repository safety, planning and implementation of repository programmes with societal involvement) and ongoing work within different international organisations.

    In 2008, the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) issued a Collective Statement regarding the suitability and the feasibility of geological disposal for radioactive waste. In recent years, there have been important further developments within national programmes, led by international organisations. To read the collective statements from 2008 and 2011, please visit and

    Proceedings of the last ICGR conference held in 2012 are available at the following URL:

    As many countries have undertaken significant steps forward with implementing national geological repository programmes, we are looking forward to the ICGR 2016. It will be a prime opportunity for collective stocktaking of recent developments along with sharing expertise and experiences with a wider audience.

    After reviewing the international context, a series of sessions will focus on the relationships among various stakeholders, covering the following issues:

    • safety of geological repositories;
    • meeting societal expectations and adapting to change;
    • approaches of regulation and implementing organisations;
    • the experience of local communities and regions;
    • added value of international cooperation.

    You are invited to learn more about how countries are advancing programmes for the safe long-term management of long-lived high-level radioactive waste in deep geological repositories.

    Conference schedule

    The conference officially opens on Tuesday, 6 December 2016 at 18:00 with a reception in the OECD Conference Centre. It will adjourn on Thursday, 8 December 2016 at 17:30, followed by a technical site visit.

    Programme outline

    Download the full programme.

    Tuesday, 6 December 2016

    Registration and badge pickup

    Welcome reception at the OECD Conference Centre, Salon du Parc

    Wednesday, 7 December 2016

    Registration and badge pickup

    Opening session

    A welcome address and introductory remarks from NEA Director-General Mr William Magwood, IV and Director of Energy from the French Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ms Virginie Schwarz.

    Session 1: National geological disposal projects

    1A. Status of national geological repository projects

    This session invites speakers from countries that are in different phases of development to give an overview of their current situation and of progress achieved since the last ICGR in 2012, showcasing countries at different developmental stages, covering various processes from siting to licensing.


    1B. Panel debate on progress achieved

    This panel session brings together representatives from countries at various stages of progress. With different programme statuses and backgrounds, panellists will highlight the conditions for progressing, from siting to commissioning, revealing relevant social, political, scientific, technical and economic aspects. This session aims to illustrate the complexity of the cases, and show how rigorous treatment and management can lead to relevant results when structured in a stepwise approach, which needs to be supported at all stakeholder levels. General lessons learnt in achieving success could be drawn from these case presentations. 


    Session 2: Cigéo, the French geological disposal

    This session reveals the latest details of the Cigéo Project, including its history, current status, key components of the management programme and disposal system, as well as host territory development.

    End of day remarks


    The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday, 7 December at the Musée des Arts Forains in the Bercy neighbourhood of Paris.

    Thursday, 8 December 2016

    Session 3: Dialogue between stakeholders in carrying out a geological repository project

    3A. Role and involvement of various stakeholders at each stage of projects, from siting to licensing The long timeframes over which geological repository programmes are implemented imply involvement of stakeholders at different stages. Their role is progressively evolving from information receiver to engaged participants in the siting process for the area where the project is located. There is also a long path of learning and experience not only technically, but also in the management of the relationship with other stakeholders. The inter-generational aspect associated with such a long-term initiative also presents a challenge for building and sustaining societal support to proceed.

    This conference session invites speakers to share their experiences and learning from different perspectives. It will address how dialogue is organised between different categories of stakeholders, with the aim of illustrating how overall confidence can be reached and maintained.


    3B. Panel discussion on the relations between stakeholders during the development of geological repository projects

    Implementation of national repository programmes involves stakeholders at many levels. This panel session invites perspectives from the viewpoint of the waste producer, local state representative, implementer, regulator and local community representative. Through short presentations, each speaker will have the opportunity to present their perspectives regarding the development of a geological repository project. Each speaker will express their objectives and expectations at the different stages of advancing a deep geological repository project. These presentations will be built according to a set of questions prepared by the session coordinator. Successive questions and presentations must be structured to tell the audience a comprehendible and comprehensive story.


    Session 4: The added value of international cooperation (through international initiatives and organisations) for the safe implementation of geological repository projects

    This session invites speakers from international organisations to share their perspectives and observations on advances realised in recent years with plans for geological repositories and the outlook for continued progress. It will explore the role and added value of cooperating through international initiatives and organisations.


    Session 5: Stocktaking

    The conference rapporteur will report key messages of the conference.

    Session 6: Summary and closing session

    A closing address from NEA Director-General Mr William Magwood, IV and CEO of Andra, Mr Pierre-Marie Abadie.

    Friday 9 December 2016

    Site visit to Bure or Centre de l'Aube

    Practical information


    The conference will be held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. For more information, please visit


    The OECD provides a list of hotels near the Conference Centre: Participants are asked to make their reservations directly.

    Conference dinner

    The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday. 7 December at the Musée des Arts Forains in the Bercy neighbourhood of Paris. Bus transportation will be provided from the OECD Conference Centre directly following the conclusion of day one of the conference. At the end of the evening, bus transportation will return participants to central Paris or near the OECD Conference Centre.

    The cost of the conference dinner is included in the registration fee for participants. It is possible that a limited number of additional guests accompanying conference participants may attend the conference dinner at an additional cost of EUR 160 per person. Requests for an additional guest will be possible once the registration period has closed. Please indicate whether or not you anticipate an additional guest by ticking the appropriate box on the registration page.

    Practical Paris page

    For informaton on travelling to France, getting to the OECD, obtaining your conference identification badge, OECD facilities, hotels and more, please visit


    The 2016 International Conference on Geological Repositories provides our international colleagues an unparalleled opportunity for networking with prospective business partners, as well as to maintain a current awareness of the issues faced by radioactive waste management stakeholders. The organisers of ICGR 2016 have also made available an opportunity during the conference for a small number of partners to exhibit the expertise and services of their organisations in this energised and focused setting.

    The exhibitors' area will be located right outside the conference room in the front of the conference hall, near the coffee serving station. Please stop by and talk to your international partners in waste management:

    Exhibit schedule

    Tuesday, 6 December 2016
    Set up 17:30-19:30
    Reception 18:00-20:00
    Wednesday, 7 December 2016
    Exhibits open 08:30-18:00
    Thursday, 8 December 2016
    Exhibits open 08:30-17:00
    Dismantle 17:00-18:30

    Assignment of exhibit space

    The NEA reserves the right to assign space as necessary in the best interest of the ICGR. Every effort will be made to assign the exhibitor the choice of locations or as near the choice as possible. To maintain uniformity and for fire safety, exhibitors desiring to use other than standard booth equipment, such as signs, decorations, or other display arrangements, must communicate with the General Secretariat (generic e-mail to be indicated) no later than 31 October 2016.

    Exhibits and shipping information

    Materials to be exhibited are of professional or educational interest or benefit to the registrants that are directly related to geological repository development only. Exhibitors are responsible for any handling charges associated with their packages. The NEA is not responsible for the shipping or storage of materials. The OECD Conference Centre will not accept any exhibit material shipments.

    Liability and security

    Each exhibiting organisation is responsible for safeguarding its goods, materials and equipment at all times. The NEA will not be responsible for loss of, or damage to, any property.


    Registration has closed.

    Site visit information

    On 9 December, two separate study tours will be available to Bure or Centre de l'Aube. Visitors will need to provide a copy their passport along with additional information via the conference registration page no later than 9 November 2016. A maximum of 47 participants can attend each study tour. Please note that the language for both tours will be in English.


    The local hosts and co-organisers of the fifth International Conference on Geological Repositories (ICGR) are the NEA and ANDRA, the French national radioactive waste management agency. For more information about these organisations, please visit and, respectively.

    The conference is being held in co-operation with the


    Please send an e-mail to  for any enquiries about the conference to the local organisers. One of our conference organisers will respond to your enquiry at their earliest opportunity.

    Last reviewed: 2 December 2016