Back to a Nuclear Future? Welche Zukunft hat die Kernkraft?

Back to a Nuclear Future? Welche Zukunft hat die Kernkraft?

14. Wiener Nuklearsymposium

09:30 ‐ 16:00

  • Symposium

This year's programme seeks to address the question of the future of nuclear energy in all its facets and connections to climate, war and technology.

Fourteen years ago, the Vienna Ombuds Office for Environmental Protection and the Institute for Safety and Risk Sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna initiated the Vienna Nuclear Symposium. Since then, topics of nuclear energy use and nuclear safety have been discussed annually by scientists and the interested public.

The Vienna Nuclear Symposium 2023 focuses on the future of nuclear energy. The war in Ukraine, which is also about hegemony over energy resources, has clearly shown us our many dependencies on non-renewable energy sources. Against this backdrop, calls for greater use of nuclear energy are being heard - Germany has temporarily extended the lifespan of reactors. They were to be taken off the grid at the end of 2022, but were extended by 3 months at short notice. Ultimately, however, Germany is turning its back on nuclear energy. France is counting on nuclear energy. Despite the problems with its operating reactors, a legislative amendment was passed to shorten the licensing process for the construction of new nuclear power plants. Japan announced a return to nuclear energy. The exemption of the Russian nuclear energy sector from the EU sanctions imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine war is due to Europe's dependence on Russian uranium and technology. Nuclear energy is also increasingly discussed as part of the solution to the climate crisis.

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Registration is not a prerequisite for participation. It only serves the purpose of better planning of the event.

The event is organised in accordance with the guidelines of the "Prädikat ÖkoEventPLUS" of the City of Vienna.  

Event location
Gregor-Mendel-Haus, Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33, 1180 Wien
Institute of Safety and Risk Sciences and Wiener Umweltanwaltschaft
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Registration required
Language: German & English
Public: Yes
Entrance fee: No