On 4 and 7 June 2019, the FISA'19 (nuclear safety research) and EURADWASTE'19 (radioactive waste management research) conferences were jointly held in Pitesti, Romania. Andra CEO Pierre-Marie Abadie addressed the conference with a key note speech. Many European projects, including EURAD, Modern2020 and Chance, all led by Andra, were presented.
Co-organized by the European Commission, the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Institute for Nuclear Research (RATEN ICN) under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the EU in 2019, this event, which gathered around 500 participants, aimed to:
- Present the progress and main achievements of the EURATOM research program (P7 and H2020) since the previous edition of the conference in 2013;
- Strengthen discussions on the state of play of R & D and the main challenges at national, European and international level in terms of research and innovation policies, synergies and partnerships for the benefit of research and innovation programs innovation and future prospects.
As part of the joint introductory session to the two conferences, Pierre-Marie Abadie presented a Keynote: European & International status on the management and disposal of radioactive waste, developments and challenges ahead.
EURADWASTE'19 marked the official launch of the joint EURAD research program led by Andra. In addition, all current or recently completed EURATOM research projects have been presented, including Modern2020 and CHANCE projects, both led by Andra (DRD / 3C and DRD / CM respectively).
The EURADWASTE'19 discussion panels emphasized the importance of Knowledge Management for agencies, regulators, research organizations, IAEA and NEA international bodies alike, and the role of R & D to help maintain skills and make the scientific and technical professions related to waste management attractive. It is also in this context that the European Commission has rewarded the work of PhD students working in Euratom research projects: this was the case for Benjamin Dardé, PhD student at Andra, in the framework of the BEACON project, who is working on the hydromechanical behavior of the swelling clay pellets assemblies that would be used for the Cigéo project seals.
More info: http://fisa-euradwaste2019.nuclear.ro/