Scientific Programme

The IAEA welcomes high quality contributions that fall under the umbrella of the following tracks.

Each individual track may cover the following cross-cutting aspects: technology (operational and research and development), safety, security, economics, public involvement (acceptability), regulatory framework, knowledge management, safeguards and non-proliferation as well as collaborative options

Please note that Track 1 is not open for general submissions.

  • Track 1: National Strategies for Spent Fuel Management

    • Including perspectives on considering the management of spent fuel as an asset (either recycling or direct disposal);

    • What would be needed to achieve future national energy goals

    - Please note, this track is for invited country representatives only and not open for general submissions -

  • Track 2: Spent Fuel and High Level Waste storage and subsequent transportability

    • Management of damaged and degraded fuel;
    • Behaviour of spent fuel during storage (wet and dry);
    • Ageing management of storage systems (wet and dry);
    • Ageing of high level waste and related storage systems;
    • Demonstrating transportability: Specific requirements, including multipurpose canisters, waste packages;
    • Changing security requirements with time.
  • Track 3: Transportation in the back-end

    • Operating experiences, achievements and lessons learned from long term operations (including overseas shipments, transportation plan, security, safety, public engagement);
    • Evolution of international regulations for transportation;
    • Special considerations to high burnup (HBU) fuel, damaged fuel, spent fuel, recycling materials.
  • Track 4: Recycling as a spent fuel management option

    • Operating experiences and lessons learned;
    • Recycling evolution:
    • Fuel and recycling products,
    • U/Pu co-management (non-proliferation aspects),
    • Reduction of radioactive waste volume,
    • Economics;
    • Improvements in waste management from recycling activities.
  • Track 5: Impacts of advanced nuclear energy systems on the back-end of the fuel cycle

    • Accident Tolerant Fuels;
    • Advanced fuel cycles:
    • U/Pu Multi-recycling in light water reactors and fast reactors,
    • Minor Actinides partitioning and transmutation (different systems: fast reactors, accelerator driven system, molten salt reactors etc.),
    • High level waste partitioning and reuse of valuable material;
    • Other advanced designs from Gen-IV (small modular reactors, high temperature gas-cooled reactors, etc).
  • Track 6: Disposal

    • Discriminating characteristics of heat generating waste on the design of disposal facilities:
    • Types of spent fuel (uranium oxide, high burnup, mixed oxide), high level waste,
    • Spacing, host geology, ventilation, backfilled, operational safety, decay heat, timeline,
    • Retrievability and reversibility;
    • Predisposal constraints for spent fuel (Cooling, containments, characterization, data);
    • Safeguards of disposed spent fuel (pre- and post-closure);
    • Stakeholders engagement, including site selection;
    • Multinational collaborations;
    • Post-closure information management.
  • Track 7: Challenges in an integrated approach for the back-end system (including storage, transport, recycling and disposal)

    • Consistency of technical requirements across the back-end of the fuel cycle (e.g. waste acceptance criteria, safety requirements, information, knowledge management, etc.);
    • Conflicts among the drivers and impediments for a back-end strategy (e.g. economics, politics, technology, time, public support, resources);
    • Risk management and decision making with uncertainties;
    • Optimization, flexibility and resilience (e.g. how options can be retained for future strategic change and contingency in the event of disruption).
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