Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Endlagerforschung (DAEF)
In January 2013, GRS and the leading German institutions concerned with repository research founded the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Endlagerforschung (DAEF), a German association for repository research. The aim of this association is to contribute to the disposal of radioactive waste and render the associated research more effective. Apart from GRS, the current DAEF members are:
• DBE TECHNOLOGY GmbH,
• Research Centre Jülich GmbH,
• Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR),
• IfG Institute for Rock mechanics GmbH,
• Institute for Safety Technology (ISTec) GmbH,
• Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),
• Institute for Applied Ecology e.V.,
• RWTH Aachen,
• Institute for Mining and Special Underground Engineering of Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg
• Institute of Disposal Research at Clausthal University of Technology.
• Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at Stuttgart University.
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe Water Technology and Waste Management (PTKA-WTE) participate in the DAEF as guests.
The DAEF sees it as one of its essential functions to maintain and further develop the technical expertise in the field of repository research. This includes above all to provide the scientists involved in Germany with a platform for expert-level exchanges and to promote collaboration in repository research. Here, focal topics reach from fundamental research to the development of safety and demonstration concepts or from methods for site assessment to socio-economic issues.
The results of the work of the DAEF are also presented in statements and reports, such as the report on the "Aspects of a site selection procedure for a repository for heat-generating waste". With these publications the wants to make a contribution to the expert consultation of the state institutions dealing with disposal and inform interested members of the public about developments and events in the field of repository research.
With a view to the general aim of promoting scientific exchange, the DAEF has initiated a series of conferences called "Key Topics in Deep Geological Disposal".
The first of this series of events took place I Cologne from 24 to 26 September 2014. The results of the conference were published in a proceedings volume.
The second conference took place from 26 to 28 September 2016. Under the motto "Challenges of a Site Selection Process: Society – Procedures – Safety", the results of the German "Commission on the storage of highly radioactive materials" and the lessons learned internationally from the development and implementation of procedures for the selection of repository sites were i.a. presented and discussed.