Information about the Summer School


Nuclear Decommissioning is recently emerging as an important step in nuclear power plants' life cycle and as a crucial factor in public acceptance of nuclear power generation.

At the end of the operational life of the first generation of nuclear power plants, an effective nuclear decommissioning process and management of its radioactive and nuclear waste will prove to be vital.

From a technical point of view, a thorough analysis of radioactive waste production routes is needed in order to manage waste safely for workers, the public and the environment. This process needs to be applied to research, medical applications and industrial activities such as mining and processing of radioactive ores, as well as electrical power generation.
An effective characterisation and management of waste includes appropriate environmental monitoring and the application of sound principles of the waste cycle. This includes policy, regulatory issues, radiation protection, human resources management and aspects of stakeholders' involvement.

This is the fifth year that the Summer School has been held and it brings together many international experts in waste management and nuclear decommissioning.

The participants will be able to discuss issues directly with experts and other delegates, and have the opportunity to learn from their international experience.

This year, the course is organised around several technical sessions and will feature five visits to JRC-ISPRA's laboratories that are involved in decommissioning and nuclear and radioactive waste management. During these visits, participants will be invited to assist in some real measurements.