Information about the Summer School

The first generation of nuclear power plants are approaching the end of their operational life. To ensure public acceptance of nuclear power as a sustainable technology, it is vital to have an effective nuclear decommissioning process with management of the nuclear waste produced.

The development of a safe and secure nuclear programme requires not only a precise legal and regulatory framework but also the sharing of best working practices and experience from the past.
From a technical point of view, it is important to analyse each production route of radioactive waste in order to manage it safely for the workers, public and the environment. These routes include research, medical applications and industrial activities such as mining and processing of radioactive ores, as well as the generation of nuclear energy. This will involve an effective characterization of the waste, appropriate environmental monitoring and the application of sound principles of waste management, including policy, regulatory issues, human resources management and aspects of stakeholders' interest.

This is the fourth year that the summer school has been held and it brings together many international experts in waste management and nuclear decommissioning.
The participants will be able to discuss directly with experts, other delegates and have the opportunity to learn from their experience gained within many European countries.

This year, the course will be organized around seven technical sessions and feature detailed presentations on different operational approaches.
Additionally, a specific session is planned, enabling hands-on visits to JRC-Ispra radioactive waste management facilities, where participants will be invited to assist in some real measurements.

The sessions will deal with:
• Facility characterization and fuel removal
• Plant decontamination & dismantling techniques, issues and operational solutions
• Stakeholders' involvement in waste management and decommissioning
• Hands-on visit to JRC WM facilities
• Seminar: Final radiological survey
• Operational Decommissioning Experience in Europe
• Radiation Protection issues and practices
• Waste management facilities needed in a decommissioning and waste management programme

The Summer School will be held at the European Commission Joint Research Centre Ispra and limited to a total of 100 delegates (the first 60 are guaranteed access to visit in Session 4)
There is no registration fee.
The address of the JRC is JRC ISPRA, Via Enrico Fermi 2749, I-21027 Ispra (VA) Italy and directions for arrival by car are given below.
On the motorway from Milan, follow the signs for Autostrada Laghi (A8) to Gallarate and Gravellona Toce (DO NOT follow the signs to Varese, but instead follow the signs Gallarate-Gattico), then take the exit at Sesto Calenda. Take the SS 394 towards Laveno-Luino. After7 km, turn left at the traffic lights in Travedona-Monate. Follow the signs “CCR Ispra” towards Cadrezzate and Ispra. This road will lead you straight to the JRC Ispra entrance.

Social Dinner 27th June, 8.00 pm