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Annual Meeting 2010 report
Nuclear Waste Management: Research Challenges for the Future
Date: 28-29 September 2010
The speakers were supported through generous
contributions by the
Geological Society and the Mineralogical Society, and by the
Applied Mineralogy Group,
Management of the UK’s nuclear waste presents a major challenge to current and future generations of scientists and technologists, and to existing infrastructure and institutional arrangements. Young researchers entering the field now and over the next four decades will need to build and communicate an integrated understanding of the multi-scale processes involved in the processing, packaging, disposal and regulation of a wide variety of materials designated as nuclear waste. The context of this work is evolving rapidly – the Radioactive Waste Management Directorate of the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) has now published its R&D strategy, and CoRWM (the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management) has issued its reports to the UK government on R&D and on the geological disposal programme.
The meeting was divided into five sessions
Keynote talks were delivered by
As suggested by these titles, a wide range of content was covered. There were no parallel sessions: all delegates were encouraged to attend presentations and discussions on all aspects of the conference. A recurring comment was that people were learning a lot by going to talks outside of their usual area of interest.
A special issue of Mineralogical Magazine will be published arising out of papers submitted to the journal after the meeting. This will include Rod Ewing's Hallimond Lecture. The closing date for submission of manuscripts is 17th December 2010. Submit your paper online.
Instructions for authors can be found here.
Mineral-based materials to
Interfacial reactivity: emerging paradigms from
Degradation of waste container materials In
use of natural systems data in modelling cement-rock
From laboratory observations to full scale
gas injection test (Lasgit)
Biogeochemistry of radionuclides – a geodisposal context
of the microbial effects on intact, fractured mudstone from
Horonobe (Japan) – a model for microbial influences on the
Why chemistry matters in radioactive waste
management (especially for KEYNOTE actinides!)
Modelling biogeochemical processes in
radioactive wastes in surface and geological disposal
facilities; approach, applications and research challenges
Bioremediation of Sr-90 and Tc-99 at Nuclear Facilities
Triassic limestones of Mt. Kithaeron (Greece) as
natural analogues of long-term retention of uranium in carbonate
rocks: a synchrotron-based study
R. C. Ewing
Mineralogical Society President, presenting the Hallimond Lecturer certificate to Rod Ewing
water flow in the Callovo-Oxfordian argillite: a candidate host
rock for the disposal of radioactive waste in France
geosphere transport in performance assessments of geologic
disposal KEYNOTE systems
How permeable are fractures in buried basement?
“All changed, changed utterly” – how much
geomorphic change over the lifetime of nuclear waste?
Research for geological disposal: the role and
expectations of the Environment Agency
The Best EMPower Poster + Presentation award went to Kate Norman.
Refreshments at Poster Session courtesy of:
The speakers were supported through generous contributions by the Geological Society and the Mineralogical Society, and by the Applied Mineralogy Group, the Geochemistry Group, the Environmental Mineralogy Group and the Mineral Physics Group.
The meeting was co-organized by the Geological Society (www.geolsoc.org.uk) and the Mineralogical Society (www.minersoc.org). The convenors were: Kym Jarvis, Imperial College, London (email@example.com), Ian Farnan, University of Cambridge (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Adrian Bath, IntelliSci (email@example.com).