818306 Radioactive waste management – its perception and acceptance I (in Eng.)

Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Hossain, Shaheed
Angeboten im Semester
Wintersemester 2022/23
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


Entsorgung des radioaktiven Abfalls – Wahrnehmung und Akzeptanz I (in Eng.)

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, particularly in the aftermath of Fukushima accident, 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.

Due to modular nature of the lectures the courses can be started at any semester, however WiSe is more preferable to start with. Depending on current events, one or two lectures will be modified as necessary.

These lectures will be suitably complemented by related technical excursions within Austria and its neighbouring countries.

WS Modules: • Overview Introduction • Principles of radioactive waste management • Types and properties of radioactive waste • Radiation protection principles and goals • Institutional aspects • Radioactive waste management policies and strategies • Radioactive waste management prior to disposal.

SS Modules: • Overview II • Introduction II • Disposal • Socio-political and ethical concern •Public understanding and acceptance • Long term safety assessment • International cooperation and conventions • International Convention on the safety of spent nuclear fuel and safety of radioactive waste management (Joint Convention)

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)



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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