Scientists launch German association for repository research
On 16 January 2013, the leading German institutions concerned with radioactive waste disposal research founded the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Endlagerforschung (DAEF), a German association for repository research, in Berlin.
The aim of this association is to contribute to the safe disposal of radioactive waste and render the associated research more effective. "With the results of our work, we want to provide advisory support to political institutions and the competent federal and Länder authorities as well as other interested organisations, e.g. in the form of position papers and statements. However, we consider it by no means less important to inform the general public about developments and results in the field of repository research, too," Professor Horst Geckeis (KIT), the DAEF chairman, explained. Dr. Jörg Mönig (GRS) was elected deputy chairman.
Among other things, the association wants to take a stand for maintaining and further developing technical expertise in the field of repository research. It is above all the specialist exchange between the researchers that it wants to promote and intensify, e.g. by organising joint specialist conferences and workshops. 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. In its first year, the DAEF is going to concentrate above all on the development of a position paper on scientific-technical and social-science aspects of repository site selection as well as on the preparation of an international specialist conference.
Research institutions involved
The foundation members of the DAEF are
• DBE TECHNOLOGY GmbH,
• Research Centre Jülich GmbH,
• Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH,
• 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.,
• Institute for Mining and Special Underground Engineering of Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg and
• Institute of Disposal Research at Clausthal University of Technology.
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe Water Technology and Waste Management (PTKA-WTE) participate as guests in the DAEF. The Association is open to collaboration with other interested research institutions in Germany and abroad.
Central press contact of the association
Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH
+49 (221) 2068 654
sven.dokter [at] grs.de