818306 Radioactive waste management – its perception and acceptance I

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hossain, Shaheed
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


This series of lectures will highlight the main issues of concern related to radioactive waste management, including spent nuclear fuel and disused sealed radioactive sources, and put them into perspective. It will provide an overview of radioactive waste management covering technological, safety, security and non-proliferation aspects as well as policies, strategies, implementation and public communication. In the background of current fossil fuel crisis and climate change issues, nuclear utilities are anticipating a new “renaissance” of nuclear power. Even if nuclear power does not further develop around the world, the necessity for dealing with nuclear waste from past usages, from uranium mining and milling, decommissioning of existing nuclear facilities, from environmental restoration of contaminated sites and from the usage of radioactive materials in medicine, industry and research would still exist. Modules of WS: Introduction - Principles of radioactive waste management - Types and properties of radioactive waste  Radiation protection principles and goals - Institutional aspects - Radioactive waste management prior to disposal.

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

It will assist in increasing the understanding of radioactive waste management issues by all relevant stakeholders (e.g. public and interest groups, national authorities, organizations involved in radioactive waste management and the nuclear industry) leading to possible acceptance of common solutions.
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