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Fachgespräch 2017

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40 years of GRS: research and consulting to enhance safety

The Fachgespräch of GRS - a presentation of our work and its results - will take place in Cologne from 8 to 9 May 2017. This year's event is a special occasion: GRS celebrates its 40th anniversary and will make this the thematic focus of this conference. Since 1977, GRS has been regularly hosting the Fachgespräch to provide up-to-date information about its current work and research results.

Programme and speakers

The extensive programme of this year's Fachgespräch will take place over two days. The scientific-technical director of GRS, Uwe Stoll, will open the plenum with a paper on the current and future challenges facing GRS in the field of nuclear safety.

The focus of the first day of the event is on nuclear waste disposal. Ursula Heinen-Esser, managing director of the recently founded Federal Company for Radioactive Waste Disposal and former chair of the supervisory board of GRS, will provide an introductory overview of the search for a repository in Germany. Following that, the GRS researcher Jörg Mönig will present current GRS projects on the topic of disposal and address open issues. Rudolf Wieland, chairman of the Reactor Safety Commission, will then sum up the contribution of GRS to the safety of nuclear reactors in the last 40 years.

This first day of the symposium will close with an anniversary celebration, to be initiated by the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter. The highlight of the evening will be a guest lecture by science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar on the media coverage of the Fukushima nuclear accident.

On the second day, participants will be able to choose between lectures on two different topic areas: Reactor Safety and Nuclear Waste Management and Radiation Protection. In Seminar 1 on Reactor Safety, the experts of GRS will report on the latest findings on incidents and accidents as well as on corresponding countermeasures. In the course of the simultaneous Seminar 2 on Nuclear Waste Management and Radiation Protection, specialists from GRS will discuss various aspects of disposal and point out the practical consequences of the new Radiation Protection Act. Furthermore, there will be a presentation on the work carried out by GRS on deep geothermal energy exploitation.


Those interested will shortly be able to register for the Fachgespräch via a corresponding registration form on the GRS website. The participation fee is 300 euros. Authority representatives qualify for a reduced fee of 150 euros.