Welcome to Davos and to the 7th International Clay Conference

This morning at 9:15, the Clay Conference opened in the Davos Congress Centre.

Over the next three days, more than 400 scientists from 23 countries will exchange the latest information on clays and clay materials in the disposal of radioactive waste.

The topics are as diverse as the international participants. In his presentation, Andreas Gautschi recalled the origins of the Clay Conference, which was held for the first time in Reims in 2002, and explained why clay plays such an important role in deep geological disposal (see media dossier: Clays). Gautschi, who spent the majority of his career as a geologist with Nagra (see media dossier: Portrait Andreas Gautschi), is the chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Conference.

Benoit Garitte, a Project Manager in Nagra's Field Investigations Section, presented the first interim results of the "Full-Scale Emplacement" Experiment (FE Experiment) at the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory. The FE Experiment is a 1:1 demonstration experiment of an emplacement drift for high-level waste (see media dossier: FE Experiment).

Irina Gaus, Coordinator Major Project Research and Development at Nagra (see media dossier: RD&D), informed the audience about international collaboration in the field of research. She illustrated how the different partners in research projects sometimes take the lead and sometimes profit as a partner from the commitment and know-how of others. The research work is always carried out together with renowned research institutes and universities.

Media dossier


Picture: Frank Maier

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