Organised by the NEA with the support of Andra, the French Radioactive Waste Management Agency, "Constructing Memory – An International Conference and Debate on the Preservation of Records, Knowledge and Memory (RK&M) of Radioactive Waste across Generations" brought together nearly 200 attendees from 17 countries in Verdun, France in September 2014.
The scope of the international conference was to present and discuss experiences, projects and prospects related to the preservation of RK&M both in radioactive waste management and in other domains, such as archiving, cultural heritage, archaeology, communication, semiotics and the arts. The conference, consisting in equal parts of plenary sessions and group discussions, ensured that a wide range of perspectives were presented and provided the space for cross-fertilisation across the several domains and sensibilities that were represented.
The international conference was structured along three timescales used within the RK&M initiative of the NEA: short term (several decades and likely more than 100 years), medium term (several centuries after repository closure, extending up to 1 000 years) and long term (potentially starting at around 1 000 years after closure). Opening and closing lectures provided useful context and summarised discussions, thus completing the programme of the event.
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