Call for Papers

Beginning May 1, 2019, organizers will accept abstracts and papers sent by email to

This year, the Organizing Committee is soliciting abstracts in four major thematic areas:

  1. Fundamental Waste Form Science
  2. Waste Form Synthesis and Characterization
  3. Waste Form Corrosion and Long-Term Waste Studies
  4. Deep Geological Repositories; Policy.

Within each thematic area, abstracts will be accepted for either a 20-minute Oral Presentation or participation in one of the daily Poster Sessions. In addition to normal Oral Presentations, eight keynote-style presentations will be solicited.

Oral Presentations will take place before and after lunch, with Poster Sessions scheduled for two hours every afternoon.

In addition, three group discussions will be organized as either expert panels or extended Q&A sessions on topics related to Nuclear Waste Management, and will overlap the Poster Sessions.

One session has been dedicated as a memorial to Dr. Lou Vance, who passed away earlier this year.

Abstracts will have a maximum of 150 words, must describe original work, be checked for spelling and grammar, and define acronyms and initialisms. Oral Presentations will be structured as a 15-minute talk with 5 minutes reserved for questions; posters for the discussion sessions will be printed in the standard A0 format for display. Posters will be on display throughout each day with a dedicated Poster Session in the afternoon. All contributions should focus on the Research, Results, and Impact of the work.

Every abstract must indicate into which of the four main thematic areas the work falls. Example topics that will be considered are, but not limited to, the following:

Fundamental Waste Form Science

  • Novel waste forms
  • Waste form modeling
  • Speciation, solubility of radionuclides
  • Incorporation of difficult elements
  • Radiation damage

Waste Form Synthesis and Characterization

  • Radionuclide sorption and incorporation
  • Metal, glass, ceramic and composite waste form generation
  • Microscopy of waste forms

Waste Form Corrosion and Long-Term Waste Studies

  • Geological performance assessments
  • Radionuclide release and migration
  • Corrosion modeling
  • Spent fuel performance
  • Corrosion of metal, glass, ceramic waste forms

Deep Geological Repositories and Policy

  • National and international collaborative waste management programs
  • Repositories and national programs
  • DGR waste modeling
  • Decommissioning
  • Waste safeguards
  • Transportation and safety

If selected, authors agree to submit a full paper by the September 20, 2019, deadline, as well as register to attend the conference. The full papers will be peer reviewed and submitted as a special issue of MRS Advances, a journal published jointly by the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press.

Abstract Submission Opens: May 1, 2019
Abstract Submission Closes: July 5, 2019
Author Notification: July 19, 2019
Full Papers Due: September 20, 2019