Nuclear Waste Management

June 29 – July 3, 2015, Karlsruhe, Germany


A five days intersemester course is organized within the framework of the EURATOM FP7 GENTLE project

The course will comprise:

  • Lectures by experts
  • Laboratory visits with practical training.

The course focuses on the topic Nuclear Waste Management. It is open to all interested (post-) graduate students of academic/research institutions of the European Union (EU) and is limited to 15 participants. (When there will be vacancies in the course, the course is open to other interested persons). It will provide advanced level understanding of the different waste streams, their origins, radiological and chemical properties, and the hazards they represent.

Moreover it coverswaste management of decommissioning wastes, irradiated materials, spent nuclear fuel and nuclear materials. Options for waste stabilisation (immobilisation), storage, disposal and the supporting facilities will be explained.

  • Overview on nuclear waste management strategies; introduction to concepts for interim / long-term storage, final disposal, multi-barrier concepts, alternatives to deep geological disposal
  • Sources of L/ILW, treatment, decontamination, conditioning and interim storage of L/ILW
  • Built-up of fission / activation products and actinides in nuclear fuel –spatial and temporal radionuclide distribution within fuel • Radionuclide distribution and evolution in fuel cycles with Accelerator-Driven Reactors (ADR), transmutation of actinides• Partitioning: Conventional recycling of irradiated LWR-UO2 fuels, PUREX process, MOX production, recycling of fuels in potential P&T cycles
  • Aqueous chemistry and thermodynamics of actinides and long-lived fission products • Vitrification of liquid high level waste• Properties of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) / irradiated LWR UO2 fuels, evolution of SNF after discharge • Radionuclide release from SNF under repository conditions• Reactive transport processes in the near field of high level waste / SNF repositories • Radionuclide transport and retardation: near-field and far-field processes • Synchrotron-based speciation studies regarding radionuclide behaviour in the multi-barrier system • Safety case for deep geological repository system for radioactive waste • Ethical and socio-economical aspects of various strategies for nuclear waste management: Long-term interim storage vs. final disposal

The intersemester course is organized by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal, KIT-INE, in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre -Institute for Transuranium Elements, JRC-ITU, and the Hauptabteilung Dekontaminationsbetriebe, WAK-HDB. For graduated and post-graduatedstudents of academic institutions of the EU the intersemester course is free of charge. The GENTLE project will cover the following costs:

  • Attendance to the course
  • Coffee breaks
  • Shuttle from Karlsruhe city to KIT-INE

Other costs must be supported by the participant (e.g. accomodiation). Additional information is available at

The course is funded by the GENTLE project, EURATOM Fission Training Schemesof the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme

The requested information of the registration form must be provided and sent to the following E-mail addresses:

Deadline for registration is 5thof June 2015

Dr. Volker Metz and Dr. Vanessa Montoya
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal (INE)
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
phone:(+49)721-608-28078/ 721-608-24602
fax: (+49)721 608-24308