Symposium EN08—Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management
Management of nuclear waste is a global challenge for further development of the nuclear power industry. Over the next few decades, scientists and technologists will need to design and implement an integrated understanding of the multi-scale processes involved in the processing, packaging, disposal and regulation of a wide variety of nuclear waste materials. This MRS symposium, first held in 1978, has emerged as the premier international meeting to address the fundamental and applied science of materials in the context of nuclear waste management.
The 44th symposium will discuss the key scientific challenges for the safe and effective management of spent nuclear fuel (SNF), and low-, intermediate-, and high-level nuclear wastes. This would include an overview of the international research and waste management programs around the world. Molten salt reactor waste and effluent management strategies, technologies for interim, short-term, and long-term storage and disposal, including mature processes as well as new and innovative technologies will be discussed. Waste forms and engineered barrier system (EBS) properties, interactions between engineered and geological systems, radiation effects, chemistry and transport of radionuclides, long-term predictions of repository performance and nuclear safeguards are just some other topics that will presented at the symposium by internationally renowned speakers and leading researchers in the field.