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Call for participation to SecIGD2 Working Group

Date: 9 May 2013 9:00 - 17:00
(9 May 2013 11:00 - 19:00 CEST)
Duration: 8 Hours

Call for participation to a Working Group aiming at providing support for networking, structuring and developing RD&D competences in countries with less advanced geological disposal programmes"

 

In the framework of the secretariat Sec IGD2 project, it is proposed to organise a dedicated Working Group for less advanced country needs. If you wish to volunteer to the R&D support Working Group, please enrol by informing the IGD‐TP Secretariat of your interest by email (secretariat@igdtp.eu) or (jacques.delay@andra.fr) with a copy to the Work Package leaders Raymond Kowe (raymond.kowe@nda.gov.uk) or Ellie Scourse (ellie.scourse@mcm‐international.ch).

 

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Background

 Work Package 2 (WP2) "Support for networking, structuring and developing RD&D competences in countries with less advanced geological disposal programmes"
It focuses on looking at different ways of transferring strategic knowledge on how to set up and manage waste management programmes from waste management programmes closer to licencing to Member States who are not planning to submit license applications within the "Vision 2025". This WP is specifically set up to foster the networking and structuring RD&D in countries with less advanced programmes in order to meet the requirements of the "Waste Directive". Its intention is mainly to provide support and opportunities for learning for the personnel from such Member States and at the same time support in the organisation of Information Exchange Forums where knowledge can be transferred from more experienced experts. The public events would present RD&D strategies and capabilities to be transferred or adapted to other contexts. A Working Group will be set up in order to gather representatives of less advanced programmes and the interested EF participants (academics, TSOs and other organisations willing to contribute actively in the work) of these countries to discuss and add to the content of the joint activities outline and to (i) identify the specific needs of the less advanced programmes; analyse how they could be taken into account in the joint activities; (ii) Identify key open specific documentation accessible on specific topics established already and used by more advanced countries as a reference or state of the art, (iii) Prepare proposals to implement these needs in the existing TS/ORWG already established in the TP; (iv) Identify areas of possible TT through specific agreements between more and less advanced programmes. However, this support action is not intended to substitute for Joint Activities that can take place under the Joint Activity Technological Transfer (TT) as identified in the IGD‐TP's Deployment Plan. This Work Package aims to:

  • Provide specific support to a Working Group (WG) in charge of networking, structuring and developing RD&D competences in countries with less advanced geological disposal programmes.
  • Provide the management guidelines for Joint Activities dealing with this WG.
  • Support the organisation for two international conferences for disseminating the public scientific and technical information and results derived from the IGD‐TP's Joint Activities and from other RD&D efforts in the field of geological disposal.
  • Specifically providing support to members of countries with less advanced programme and developing the means to better take into account their attempt towards the platform.
  • Enable the further evolution of the IGD‐TP's Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). Experience from international and bilateral cooperation will be used as a basis for developing the methods to ensure effective resource utilization in the knowledge transfer.

This Work Package shall also address the use of proprietary or accumulated background, and foreground created in Joint Activities and other intellectual property rights when actual knowledge transfer is performed. The IGD‐TP Management Guidelines will help with this issue and will be updated taking into account the experience gained in this work.

 

Progress to‐date
The event in 2014 is a 3‐day conference organised by IGD‐TP with support of SecIGD2 and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) as subcontractor scheduled for 24th‐26th June 2014. This event will be hosted by the University of Manchester under a learned society framework. The papers from that event will be published in a refereed journal or a special issue.
In 2015, a 1 day event will be organised either (a) aligned to Exchange Forum or (b) aligned to an existing group such as the Clay Club or BIOPROTA. The JRC will contribute to this event as a subcontractor to the SecIGD2 and will produce a conference report aimed at providing the updated inputs from research from the technical projects.
Next steps
It is proposed to organise a dedicated Working Group for less advanced country needs. This Working Group will gather representatives of less advanced programmes and the interested Exchange Forum (EF) participants (academics, TSOs and other organisation willing to contribute actively in the work) of these countries to deepen the analysis on the content of the joint activities outlines and to :

  • Identify the specific needs of the less advanced programmes;
  • Analyse how they are, or could be taken into account in the Joint Activities (JA);
  • Identify key open specific documentation accessible on specific topics established already and used by more advanced countries as a reference or state of the art.
  • Prepare proposals to implement these needs in the existing Technical‐Scientific Working (TSWG) / Organisational Working Group (ORWG) already established in the Deployment Plan (DP);
  • Engage with other organisations (e.g. the ERDO‐WG) to exchange information, to build up competence and to promote the concept of shared repository development;
  • Identify areas of possible Technical transfer (TT) through specific agreements between more and less advanced programmes.

The outcome of this Working Group will be a deliverable (memorandum) before EF 5 and/or EF6, presenting specific proposals to be discussed during the EF. The Working Group would be to prepare a position paper for the 2014 Manchester conference of its findings to that point. It is also expected several members of the Working Group will be part of the organising committee for the conference.
The initial meeting of the Working Group will take place May 9 2013, in London, with a further meeting in October 2013 in preparation for EF 4 scheduled for
29th‐ 30th November in Prague.


Expressing your interest
The group is now looking for volunteers to progress these work tasks. If you wish to volunteer to the R&D support Working Group, please enrol by informing the IGD‐TP Secretariat of your interest by email: (jacques.delay@andra.fr) with a copy to the Work Package leaders Raymond Kowe (raymond.kowe@nda.gov.uk) or Ellie Scourse (ellie.scourse@mcm‐international.ch).
Please note the available dates first working group meeting (one day meeting) are 17‐19 April 2013, and will take place at Manchester University, UK which has good links to Manchester airport, Birmingham airport, Liverpool airport and London. We will hold a Doodle poll for the exact date once we have received your interest.

Relevant documentation
http://www.igdtp.eu => Documentation => Documents from Exchange Forum no 3 2012‐11‐30
http://www.igdtp.eu => Documentation => IGD‐TP's Deployment Plan 2011‐2016
http://www.igdtp.eu => Documentation => Strategic Research Agenda
Neil Smart's European Nuclear Conference R&D Paper:
http://www.euronuclear.org/events/enc/enc2012/transactions.htm
NDA R&D strategy paper:
http://www.nda.gov.uk/documents/upload/Geological-Disposal-Research-and-Development-Programme-Overview-February-2011.pdf

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