Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management Symposium 2017





The Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management symposium (SBNWM) originated at the Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting in 1978, and has continued annually with the symposium location alternating between the MRS meetings in the United States and international locations in countries that have active nuclear waste management research programs. Traditionally when the conference is held outside of the United States there is a tour of the nuclear facilities within the host country.


The symposium will focus on the treatment and disposal of low-intermediate and high-level nuclear wastes from commercial power generation, from medical isotope production, and from nuclear fuel reprocessing. Technologies for interim, short-term, and long-term storage and disposal are of interest as well as technologies and strategies for minimizing waste volume and long-term burden, including partitioning and transmutation.


Both spent fuel final disposal and waste forms development, including glass, ceramic, metallic, and composite will be discussed. Waste form modelling, performance testing, and advanced characterization techniques are also of interest. Other topics will include design and operation of waste immobilization facilities, as well as repository design, requirements, and licensing.


Confirmed Speakers


Rebecca Stohr

Rebecca Stohr is an Assistant Director in the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO). She works in a regulatory role, with responsibility for oversight of and advice to permit holders on a range of nuclear safeguards issues.

Previously, Rebecca led investigations into the safety of spent fuel management for the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

Ms Stohr will present on the “Interaction of nuclear safeguards and safety requirements when planning for waste disposal”


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Mick Slater

A Chartered Mechanical Engineer working for the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on fuel cycle strategy. Mick has extensive nuclear operations experience having worked for over 25 years at BNFL prior to joining the NDA including 8 years at the Sellafield MOX Plant.
Mick will present on “Plutonium Waste Management in the UK”


Technical Visit


The last day of the conference, on Friday 3 November 2017, will allow participants to attend a tour of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) more details to follow shortly   


Diversity Statement


Our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful symposium environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations. We're actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for abstracts, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the larger community. We value diversity in the communities we bring together. We strive to provide balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience, and welcome your contributions to helping us achieve that goal.




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Important Dates: 

Abstract deadline: 12 June 17

Proceeding Submission: 24 Nov 17

Conference details:

Location: Sydney, Australia
Dates: 29 October - 03 November, 2017

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