The opening session of the Sixth International Conference on Geological Repositories (ICGR-6) in Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Krystal Kenney
There is consensus within the international scientific community that geological repositories can provide the necessary long-term safety and security to isolate long-lived waste from the human environment over extended timescales. Whilst it is feasible to construct these repositories using current technologies, challenges remain in many countries to the development of geological repositories, including building and maintaining public confidence, the availability of skilled staff, and the transfer of information and expertise.
The Seventh International Conference on Geological Repositories (ICGR-7) will take place on 27-31 May 2024 in Busan, Korea. The event will bring together high-level decision-makers from regulatory and local government bodies, waste management organisations and public stakeholder communities to review current perspectives of geological repository development. The objectives of the ICGR are to:
Building upon the success of previous conferences held in Denver (1999), Stockholm (2003), Berne (2007), Toronto (2012), Paris (2016), and Helsinki (2022), the seventh ICGR will also engage university students and young professionals, to ensure that younger generations are participating in, and contributing to, these important discussions which will have impacts on future generations.
The ICGR-7 will take place within the International Symposium on Safety Improvement & Stakeholder Confidence in Radioactive Waste Management (SaRaM), which aims to strengthen international co-operation in radioactive waste management.