First announcement of the 17th NAWG Workshop
(Monday, 30th August to Friday, 3rd September, 2021, Copenhagen, Denmark and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland)
The NAWG-17 workshop will be an opportunity to explore recent developments in the use of natural analogues (NA) in supporting safety cases (SC) for the disposal of radioactive wastes. Argumentation by use of analogy is well established in many fields including philosophy, biology, linguistics and law and most scientists are familiar with this approach and will have used it at some point in their career. If you are keen to learn more, why not come along?
Currently, the aim is to discuss:
- Waste form stability: including vitrified waste stability and spent fuel evolution
- Near-field studies: including corrosion of copper and steel canisters and the long-term stability of the bentonite buffer. This will include a mini-session on the IBL (International Bentonite Longevity) project
- Far-field studies: including Self Analogues of potential repository sites, assessment of potential doses from radionuclide releases to the far-field and a mini-session covering recent studies on rock matrix diffusion
- Stakeholder communication: including examples of approaches used to communicate different aspects of waste disposal to both technical and non-technical audiences
For some 2.5 days, followed by a 1.5 day field trip to Kangerlussuaq, the main site of the study of the potential impact of glaciation processes on deep radioactive waste disposal in GAP (the Greenland Analogue Project).