About KONTEC 2005*

From April 20 through 22 2005 the KONTEC 2005 – 7th International Symposium „Conditioning of Radioactive Operational & Decommissioning Wastes“ including 7th Status Report of BMBF „Decommissioning and Dismantling of Nuclear Facilities” took place at Berlin, Germany.

Approximately 590 participants from 18 countries demonstrated during this symposium the brisk national and international interest in the tasks of decommissioning of nuclear facilities and conditioning of radioactive operational and decommissioning wastes.

After the starting event in 1993 the KONTEC symposium, organized by Kontec GmbH and the section “Decommissioning” of the Nuclear Society, Germany, well established also with increasing numbers of participants. The consolidated participation of international technical papers in the several main focus topics shows the value of an international dialogue as a brick of exchange of experience and knowledge excellently met by the Nuclear Community. The versatile technical papers on KONTEC 2005 also prove how the handling with operational and decommissioning wastes as well as the decommissioning of nuclear facilities are both an integral, solvable part of the tasks in nuclear technology.
For the second time since KONTEC 2003 the results of BMBF’s r&d program “Decommissioning and Dismantling of Nuclear Facilities” (7th status report of BMBF and the PTKA, its subordinate research unit at Karlsruhe) were presented.

The following topics were discussed in total 53 plenary and 26 poster papers:

A technical exhibition with 26 exhibitors rounded off the symposium’s program for 590 participants from 18 countries.
In his welcome speech for KONTEC 2005 Professor Friedrich-Wilhelm Bach (University Hanover – Institute of Materials Science) emphasized the necessity of research & development as well as the preservation of competence in view of the phasing out of nuclear energy which is politically volitional from Germany’s Federal Government.

All four aforementioned plenary sessions were accompanied by topically associated poster sessions. In the context of these poster sessions research -, development- and working results were presented in an impressive manner. The interested audience encouraged ample discussions, sometimes even more intensive than usually possible during plenary presentations.

* extract from atw 50. volume (2005) issue 10 – October