NEA workshop on

    The Application of Remote and Robotic systems in Nuclear Back‑End Activities – Way Forward in System Implementation

    30-31 January 2019
    Marcoule, France


    The purpose of this workshop is to organise a wide international dialogue between parties interested in developing and implementing remote and robotic systems in projects on radioactive waste management and decommissioning (the back‑end of the nuclear fuel cycle). The participants are invited to discuss possible approaches to developing a common understanding on how to address the main requests of final users of systems and on making strategic decisions in order to support the implementation of these systems. The potential of the increasing economic, technical and organisational efficiency of waste management and decommissioning activities with provision of required or even amplified levels of safety will also be discussed.

    The workshop will also address request from parties interested in fostering a harmonised understanding, terminology and approaches to the development and application of robotic and remote systems through dialogue at the international level.

    Technical visit

    Proposed site visit agenda

    Workshop participants are invited to participate in a technical visit to the CEA centre in Marcoule. The visit will take place on 29 January 2019.

    Registration is now closed.

    Please note that a bus will be picking the participants up at 8:30. Please consult the bus schedule and map under "practical information" at the bottom of the page.

    Details about the centre are available on the CEA web page.

    Cocktail reception

    All participants are invited to a cocktail reception from 17:00-19:00.


    Detailed programme

    Session 0 – Opening remarks

    Session 1 – The global situation in the development/implementation of remote and robotic systems in various back-end activities including post-accident radioactive waste management and decommissioning

    Session 2 – Main factors influencing the implementation of remote and robotic systems in the back end.

    Session 3 – International co-operation in the field of development and implementation of remote and robotic systems; prospects.

    Closing remarks

    Programme committee

    Christine GEORGES – CEA, France

    Leonel LAGOS – Florida International University, United States

    Koji OKAMOTO – JAEA, Japan

    Rustam STOLKIN – University of Birmingham, United Kingtom

    Viktor VOLKOV – Rosenergoatom, Russia

    Gloria KWONG – NEA, France

    Vladimir LEBEDEV – NEA, France

    Massimo CIAMBRELLA – NEA, France

    Jinfeng LI – NEA, France

    Practical information

    Getting to Marcoule from Avignon

    Please note that a private bus will be provided for participants to get to Marcoule from Avignon. The travel time is approximately 60 minutes. The meeting point is at the Esplanade Saint Bénezet, Boulevard du Rhône, Avignon (map)

    Please find below the time of each departures.

    • 29 Janvier : 8:30 a.m. Avignon time
    • 30 January : 7:30 a.m. Avignon time
    • 31 January : 8:00 a.m. Avignon time

    On your return, the bus will drop you off at the same location. On 31 January 2019 if you wish to be dropped of at the Avignon Train station, please contact Lisa Smadja


    Last reviewed: 18 December 2018