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Programme

This page will be updated as soon as more information on the symposium programme is available. 

The programme will feature a series of keynote plenary presentation sessions, parallel topical sessions, poster sessions and plenary summaries. The plenary sessions, featuring world-leading NORM experts and NORM practitioners, will highlight the current state of key topics. The final plenary session will identify the principal conclusions and outcomes from the Congress.

The nine topical sessions and sixteen parallel sessions, will provide oral presentations of submitted papers and selected keynote presentations, reflecting the scientific and  practical areas defined by the topics and subjects:

25 years of NORM Regulation
Experiences, strenghts and challenges dealing with national- and international recommendations, guidelines and regulations on NORM.

Fundamental and practical implementation aspects of regulations

  1. Sustainability in the system of radiation protection, management of radiation exposure in industrial operations involving NORM.
  2. Fundamental safety and security objectives and principles of protection, safety and security, radiation protection culture, and education and training herein.
  3. Practical implementation of the regulation; integration of radiation protection against NORM with other hazards; graded approach for optimization, according to the risk.
  4. What is the process leading to a reasonable and sustainable management of NORM, what would be the elements to consider that the situation is not or no longer tolerable.

Current and future challenges – NORM tailings and residues in a Circular Economy

  1. Management and use of tailings and residues to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 12.5 reduction/elimination of waste. Reduce or eliminate accumulation and disposal through recovery and reuse. Alignment with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) financing principles. Related procedures for sustainability reporting.
  2. Integrate NORM tailings and residues in a circular economy: reclassification as co- or by-products; interim storage as current or future “reusable raw materials”; whole life-cycle management with End of Life planning; Graded Approach to use; Proportionality Principle applied to risk- and cost-benefit analysis; secondary for primary resource substitution to conserve primary resources and reduced land use allocation to disposal; minimum use target to promote R&D and market uptake.

Environmental Aspects of NORM

  1. Experiences and challenges in reaching sustainable environmental practices in industrial operations with NORM residues leading to a circular economy.
  2. Environmental impacts associated with NORM residues.
  3. Environmental remediation of NORM contaminated sites; remediation of legacy sites.

Industry

  1. Operational practices at both industrial- and artisanal-scale handling, recovering and reusing economically valuable NORM materials eg structures, equipment, tailings and residues involving NORM.
  2. Support for industrial and artisanal processes involving prevention and minimization of residues, waste storage/disposal facilities, decommissioning projects including occupational, public and environmental radiation safety and protection.

NORM Sampling & Metrology

  1. Applied sampling/monitoring and metrology strategies.
  2. Advantages and disadvantages of destructive- and non-destructive metrologies.
  3. ISO-standards, site/industrial specific assessments, etc.

Stakeholder engagement and public communication

  1. Enhancing regulatory/public acceptance and radiation protection aspects of (new) developed products containing “reused/recycled” materials/residues, etc.
  2. Enhancing risk/dose communication, including risk perception, in relation to NORM in a sustainable society, especially in reuse and recycling of NORM residues, remediation of legacy (potentially contaminated) sites.
  3. Enrich communication expertise, public engagement, stakeholder involvement, technical communication with the regulator, etc.

Research and Development

  1. Investment in new product development for valorising and reusing NORM materials within the circular economy.
  2. Development of supporting meaures for operational management preventing/minimizing NORM waste, decommissioning of installations, environmental remediation, and maximising positive and minimising negative effects on people and environment

Transportation of NORM classified materials
National and international regulations, challenges, daily practice.