On January 16, 2013, the leading German institutions concerned with radioactive waste disposal founded the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Endlagerforschung (DAEF), a German association for repository research, in Berlin. The goal of the association is to contribute to the safe disposal of radioactive waste and to organize the corresponding research work in a more effective manner.
Among other things, the working group wants to ensure that the technical expertise in the field of repository research is maintained and further developed. Furthermore, they want to support and intensify the information exchange among researchers. The topical spectrum ranges from fundamental research to the development of safety and demonstration concepts or from methods for site assessment to socio-economic issues. During the first year, the DAEF will focus on the development of a position paper on scientific-technical and social-science aspects of repository site selection and on the preparation of an international specialist conference.
10 German research institutions including DBE TECHNOLOGY GmbH are the founding members of DAEF. 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 Division (PTKA-WTE) participate as guests in the DAEF. It is intended to establish the cooperation with other national and international research institutes.
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