International seminar on communication with the public in the process of site selection in Switzerland was held

International seminar on communication with the public in the process of site selection in Switzerland was held
International seminar on communication with the public in the process of site selection in Switzerland was held

On July 8, 2016, NUMO held an international seminar on communication with the public in the process of site selection for deep geological disposal in Switzerland, with about 130 people of audience. Dr. Thomas Ernst, CEO of Nagra (National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste), gave a keynote presentation. He explained the current status of the Swiss radioactive waste management including Sectoral Plan “Deep Geological Repositories”, a three-staged siting programme, and the public outreach with audiovisual exhibitions such as “TIME RIDE”. In the round-table discussion, it was shared that the key points for communication with the public are face-to-face communication with “gratitude” and “respect” based on the three necessary conditions: rules with transparency and fairness; sharing a strong will to resolve the issue among all the public; and carrying out each responsibility with clear role allocation. The seminar programme is as follows:

Date: July 8, Friday, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. through 3:45 p.m.
Venue: Otemachi Sankei Plaza, Tokyo

Programme:

1. Welcome remarks

Dr. Shunsuke Kondo, President, NUMO

2. Presentation

“Radioactive waste management in Switzerland, Site selection process - progress, experience and outlook” by Dr. Thomas Ernst, CEO, Nagra

3. Round-table discussion: Communication with the public of Nagra

Dr. Thomas Ernst

Ms. Sumiko Takeuchi

Senior Fellow
Member, Board of Directors
International Environment and Economy Institute
Visiting Professor, University of Tsukuba

Dr. Shunsuke Kondo

The presentation material is available for download here.

The details of the seminar including the video are posted on Japanese pages (only in Japanese).