First Announcement and Call fo Papers


7th International Symposium "Conditioning of Radioactive Operational & Decommissioning Wastes" including 7th Status Report of BMBF „Decommissioning and Dismantling of Nuclear Facilities“

April 20 - April 22, 2005
at ESTREL Residence & Congress Hotel Berlin

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Starting with KONTEC ’93, the initiators of the KONTEC symposium series have created an institution which is to convene regularly power plant operating experts, equipment manufacturing experts and service people as well as reviewers and authorities representatives for exchange of experiences. In the course of the KONTEC symposium series 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999 in Hamburg and 2001 for the first time in Berlin, KONTEC could be extended into an international symposium which adopted decommissioning as a new topic, thereby establishing KONTEC as an important instrument for the exchange of information and experiences for the experts of this branch of industry. Consequently, the KONTEC symposia provide a valuable contribution to the solution of the problems with the conditioning of radioactive operational and decommissioning wastes as well as the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.

As already for KONTEC 2003 again approximately 500 international participants are expected for KONTEC 2005.

The growing complexity of the special field under discussion at KONTEC is again taken into account by a stronger involvement of international papers in the various topical sessions of KONTEC 2005 and the ensuing international dialogue. After KONTEC 2003, results of BMBF’s r&d program “Decommissioning and Dismantling of Nuclear Facilities” will for the second time be presented at KONTEC 2005 (7th Status Report of BMBF and PtWT+E, its subordinate research unit). As an important alteration in comparison to the KONTEC 2003, in 2005 such results reports will topically be assigned to the separate conference sessions.

General Conference Arrangements

The KONTEC symposium series take place in spring every 2 years. Together with the program committee all responsible persons for organisation, preparation and performance of the KONTEC are in permanent dialogue with representatives of this branch of industry in order to adjust the general framework as well as the content of the event to actual circumstances and requirements without delay. The 2001 new chosen location in Europe’s biggest and most modern conference hotel, the ESTREL Residence and Conference Hotel Berlin, offers an optimal scope for a Background varied conference and an ideal basis for an interesting special program. It will be the location also for the KONTEC 2005. The symposium program of the separate sessions is again being presented as plenary sessions and poster sessions which take place at the same time. The numerous plenary- and poster presentations give an extensive overview about experiences, requirements and innovations in the conditioning of radioactive operation and decommissioning wastes. The papers presented on “Decommissioning and Dismantling of Nuclear Facilities” (7th Status Seminar of BMBF) will be especially identified and fully integrated into KONTEC 2005.The program will be further completed through technical papers from invited speakers on general topics. Conference proceedings will be available at the conference. Conference languages are German and English (simultaneous interpretation German/ English and English/ German will be provided). One further important feature of the symposium series is the technical exhibition which takes place in close proximity at the same time. On almost 1000 square metres of exhibition space, many exhibitors showcase all aspects of products and services, related to this branch of industry and are at one’s disposal for exchange of experiences. An attractive special evening event rounds off the symposium. The invitations for the participation in the KONTEC 2005 will be mailed in November 2004 together with information on program, hotel reservation etc.