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Training course on radioactive waste management

27/11/2017 - 05/12/2017
Boeretang 200


This intensive unique course will give a comprehensive overview of different aspects involved in the management of radioactive waste. The course modules will handle operational radioactive waste management during collection, characterization, conditioning, transport and storage. Course topics will focus on international best practices and regulations, national and international state-of-the-art, and benefits from expertise from the point of view of waste producers, waste management organisations and nuclear regulators.

In each aspect of the course, theory is combined with technical visits to allow students to experience how guidelines and best practices are translated to the field.

The course can be followed in full, or students may choose to follow only particular modules. For international students, it is of interest to know that the first week will have a more general (international) aspect, while the second week will focus mostly on particular Belgian topics.


The following topics will be treated:

First week:

  • National and international regulations
  • Safety principles and strategies
  • Waste classification and characterisation
  • Collection and handling of unconditioned waste
  • Waste conditioning techniques
  • Interim storage of waste
  • Waste transport
  • Visits are foreseen to different facilities at SCK•CEN dealing with collection, characterisation and storage of unconditioned waste, and at Belgoprocess dealing with waste conditioning, characterisation and (long-term) interim storage.

Second week:

  • Waste acceptance criteria and accreditation process in Belgium
  • Case studies: waste management during decommissioning
  • Case studies: management of problematic waste forms


Scholars and professionals in radioactive waste management.


Required Knowledge

Scientific-technical background required (master in science or engineering).


There is no preparation needed for this training course.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this training course, the participant will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge on the general classification of nuclear waste and the basic principles of radioactive waste management;
  • translate these basic principles of radioactive waste management into good practices;
  • demonstrate knowledge on of the interrelations of the different actors in the nuclear field related to this waste management (nuclear regulator, waste management organization);
  • demonstrate knowledge on radioactive waste characterization and conditioning techniques;
  • demonstrate the understanding of the Belgian case: the acceptation and accreditation system of NIRAS/ONDRAF.


The registration fee amounts to 4.000 EUR (21% VAT included).

Lecturers can register free of charge.

Registration info

Due to the safety regulations and access modalities of the different installations, you can register until October 16, 2017.

The registration fee amounts to 4.000 EUR (VAT included).

All participants will be provided with:

  • Course material in printed format;
  • Lunches and refreshment breaks;
  • Certificate of attendance.

Dinner is not foreseen during this course week. Cancellation with total refund is only possible until November 10, 2017.

Your registration is only final when you have made your payment by creditcard or bank transfer. When registering, the SCK•CEN Academy will send you a separate e-mail with further instructions related to your payment. If you would need further assistance, please contact academy [at] sckcen [dot] be.


The course is held at the Lakehouse of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Boeretang 201, BE-2400 Mol, Belgium. Rooms can be booked directly at the Lakehouse hotel website or via e-mail info [at] lakehouse [dot] be.

Please note that the SCK•CEN Lakehouse restaurant and bar doesn't serve any meals in the evening. Nevertheless you can order a sandwich at the reception desk of the SCK•CEN Lakehouse during lunch break.

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