Basic course in microbiology and nuclear waste disposal

The course is initiated by two pan-European programmes, Petrus-III and Microbiology In Nuclear waste Disposal (MIND). One important aim of the MIND project, granted by European Commission, is to raise awareness of the relevance of microbial issues in otherwise typically abiotic fields of ex-pertise, and to dissipate the knowledge gained in the MIND project to stu-dents and professionals within and beyond the known geomicrobiology expert circles. Similarly PETRUS is a project granted by European Commis-sion whose objective is to promote education and training in geological disposal of radioactive waste.

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Basic course in microbiology and nuclear waste disposal


Project Annual Meeting

Our first Project Annual Meeting May 2-4, hosted by the University of Granada was a success. This time we were 44 participants, representing the 15 project member organisations and end-users. Thanks a lot for your contribution! See you all in Prague May 3-5, 2017.

PhD position available at SCKCEN, Belgium

The Nuclear Research Centre in Belgium (SCK•CEN) is looking for PhD candidates. The topic is microbial processes in geological disposal of radioactive waste.

The aim of the project is to unravel the impact of microbial processes on cement in repository-like conditions and on bitumen (derivatives) at a high, cement-derived, pH. The two parts of the project, one on cement and one on bitumen, will be complementary and will overlap mostly in the experimental set-up and methodology used.

The PhD project will be part of an international project. The PhD candidate will have ample opportunity to exchange experiences and samples with European colleagues, to relate the lab scale experiments to complementary in situ experiments and to follow the first steps towards the validation of the experimental results towards modelling and performance assessment.


7.3.2011 VLJ matala- ja keskiaktiivinen jätä loppusijoitustutkimusta

VLJ-repository in Olkiluoto

Low- and intermediate-level operating waste generated at the Olkiluoto power plant is finally disposed of in the VLJ-repository. It was commissioned in 1992 and consists of two rock silos, a hall connecting the two and auxiliary facilities constructed at a depth of 60-100 meters inside the bedrock. Low-level waste is deposited in the rock silo inside a concrete box, while a silo of steel-reinforced concrete has been constructed for intermediate-level waste in the other rock silo. The silo for low-level waste has a capacity of about 5 000 m3, while the capacity of the intermediate-level waste silo is about 3 500 m3 (these volumes apply to waste placed in 200 liter drums). (more…)


Mont Terri Underground Rock Laboratory

The Mont Terri Underground Rock Laboratory (URL) is located in the Jura Mountains in Switzerland, 300 m below ground level. It provides access to the proposed host rock for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste in Switzerland, Opalinus Clay. There are numerous experiments ongoing at Mont Terri including several focused on the potential role of microorganisms in geological disposal. (more…)