The objective of this advanced training course is to provide state-of-the-art knowledge and insight into the geomicrobiology phenomena related to the geological disposal of radioactive waste. The focus will be on performance assessment of the geological disposal environment and the engineered barrier systems for high-level and long-lived intermediate level waste using the knowledge of geomicrobiology processes.
Several case studies from different European Member States will be highlighted. Lectures on advanced analyzing techniques will complemented by technical visits to the SCK•CEN research laboratories in microbiology and the underground laboratory for waste disposal research.
Geological disposal of radioactive waste represents a challenge where social and technical aspects blend with regard to the design, implementation and post-construction management of the installation. For this reason, a dedicated panel discussion will be focusing on the impact of the inclusion of microbiology on expert conceptualisation and public perception of geological disposal.
|Day 1||Introduction to the MIND project
Geomicrobiology in radioactive waste disposal
Microbiological interactions with organic components in low- and intermediate level long-lived waste
|Day 2||Bentonite, cement and metals in high-level waste
Microbial activity in the engineered barrier
|Day 3||Modelling tools & bioinformatics
Remaining issues in geomicrobiology and how to deal with them
|Day 4||Visit to the underground laboratory HADES
Panel discussion: The impact of the inclusion of microbiology on expert conceptualization and public perception of geological disposal of radioactive waste
Case studies of in situ experiments: outcomes and lessons learned