TDB Project Course – 5th Edition: Thermodynamic Data Collection and Assessment
About the course

Due to circumstances imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event will take place online.


The 5th edition of the annual NEA TDB course on the topic of thermodynamic data collection and assessment will take place as a two-session webinar (three hours per session) on the 18th and 19th of November 2021.

This event is sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) TDB project, and it is designed to familiarise scientists with current NEA TDB activities and standards, provide an overview of data collection and analysis techniques, and work through some real system examples to demonstrate the critical evaluation and data assessment process. Retaining high scientific standards for the collection, interpretation, critical review and application of thermodynamic data is a key goal of the NEA TDB, and will help assure that a strong scientific basis for the safety case is maintained to support international nuclear waste management options.

Target audience

Ideally designed for graduate students, young scientists (typically postdocs) or any scientists who are new to the nuclear chemistry field and its application to nuclear waste management (repository science as well as environmental remediation/containment of near-surface contamination sites). The course also further targets scientists interested in broader environmental applications of the NEA TDB and the collection and application of thermodynamic data.

Practical information


Topic 1: Overview of the NEA and NEA TDB activities and projects

Topic 2: Overview of guidelines for the collection and analysis of thermodynamic data

Topic 3: Critical evaluation and assessment exercise

Topic 4: Other thermodynamic databases and implementer's perspective

Topic 5: Cementitious systems

Instructors: Xavier Gaona (KIT-INE, Germany), Don Reed (LANL, USA), Marcus Altmaier (KIT-INE, Germany), Lara Duro (Amphos21, Spain), Barbara Lothenbach (EMPA, Switzerland), Jesus S. Martinez (OECD/NEA, France)

Date and time: 18-19 November 2021, 15:00-18:00 (CET/ Paris time)

Location: Online

Previous editions of the TDB course
  • 1st edition: 10 September 2017, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2nd edition: 18 August 2018, Boston, MA, USA
  • 3rd edition: 14 September 2019, Kyoto, Japan
  • 4th edition: 12 November 2020, online