27th & 28th September 2021

Deep Geological Disposal Of Radioactive Waste: The Role Of Geoscience

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Agenda

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Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste: The role of geoscience 27th & 28th September 2021 — full schedule

September 27th, 12:15 - 17:00

Joining the event

Introduction & Context Setting

Mike Bowman — Honorary Professor in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester

Session 1: Co-Chairs - Fiona McEvoy & Tom Berry

Tom Berry — Head of Discipline for Engineering Geology, Jacobs

Fiona McEvoy — Visiting Research Associate, BGS

What is a geological disposal facility and what opportunities does it present for the geoscience community?

Jonathan Turner — Chief Geologist, Radioactive Waste Management

Site investigations at Forsmark, Sweden, for a repository of spent nuclear fuel.

Kaj Ahlbom — Senior Advisor , SKB International

Break

Hard evidence from soft rock – Long-term isolation arguments and design challenges for repositories in a claystone.

Tim Vietor — Division Head Safety, Geology & Radioactive Materials

(NAGRA – National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste)

Interdisciplinary investigations in rock salt as a potential host rock for high level radioactive waste in Germany

Lukas Pollok — Head of Geological Exploration, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)

Nicole Schubarth-Engelschall — Head of Geological-geotechnical Exploration, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)

(BGR - Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany)

Break

Live Panel Dicussion

Cherry Tweed — Chief Scientific Advisor, Radioactive Waste Management

Julia M West MBE — Principal, West Consult

Tom Berry — Head of Discipline for Engineering Geology, Jacobs

Fiona McEvoy — Visiting Research Associate, BGS

Jen Roberts — Chancellor's Fellow, University of Strathclyde

Q&A geoscience and engineering focus – the subsurface facing challenges of deep disposal and other options, understanding subsurface and technical uncertainties and risks and how they focus technical activities and enable community engagement.   

Moderator - Jen Roberts

Closing remarks

Mike Bowman — Honorary Professor in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester

Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste: The role of geoscience 27th & 28th September 2021 — full schedule

September 28th, 12:15 - 17:00

Joining the Event

Intro & Context Setting

Tom Berry — Head of Discipline for Engineering Geology, Jacobs

Session 2

Cherry Tweed — Chief Scientific Advisor, Radioactive Waste Management

Jonathan Turner — Chief Geologist, Radioactive Waste Management

No Planet B: Earth resources, geostorage & sustainability.

Jon Gluyas — President, Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Earth Science Teachers Association

Predicting geological and climatic change over the next 1 million years: A UK perspective.

Fiona McEvoy — Visiting Research Associate, BGS

David Schofield — Director of National Geoscience, BGS

Break

Geosciences, GDF Design and the Long-Term Safety Case

Neil Chapman — Professor Emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield

Geology, a very human conversation. Implications for the GDF

Penny Harvey — Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Social Sciences

Break

Panel Discussion

Jen Roberts — Chancellor's Fellow, University of Strathclyde

Mike Daly — University of Oxford

Neil Chapman — Professor Emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield

Penny Harvey — Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Social Sciences

Andrew Bloodworth — Policy Director, BGS

Q&A open a wider debate on the geopolitical challenges of deep disposal – safely & securely locking the waste away in the subsurface environment, reducing the need for on-going human intervention etc., understanding the uncertainties and risks in engaging communities and wider impacts.

Moderator - Jen Roberts

Closing remarks

Dr Nick Riley MBE, C. Geol. FGS — Director, Carboniferous Ltd

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