What does a geoscientific course cover

Umbrella organization for geosciences

The search for a suitable repository for high-level radioactive waste has been going on for several decades. The Site Selection Act passed in 2013 laid the legal basis for the search process for a repository site.

The National Advisory Committee (NBG), which has been working since 2016, wants to help ensure that the best possible location for a repository is found in a transparent and fair selection process. It is an independent body in which not only scientists and students but also interested citizens are represented. Since November 2020, another geologist, Professor Maria-Theresia Schafmeister from Greifswald, has been a member of the NBG.

In its meeting on November 26th, the NBG decided to fill an expert group with 5 experts from the field of geosciences. According to Section 35 of the new Geological Data Act, these experts should view geological data that have not yet been published or are generally not published and assess whether these have been properly taken into account for the site selection process.

Prof. Dr. Jan Behrmann (President of the DVGeo) and Dr. Jürgen Grötsch were proposed by the German Geological Society - Geological Association (DGGV). Dr. Christian Bücker (Presidium of the DVGeo) and Prof. Dr. Michael Weber joined the team at the suggestion of the German Geophysical Society (DGG). They are supplemented on the recommendation of Prof. Dr. Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth with Prof. Michael Kühn, an expert in hydrogeology. The group thus covers a large number of geoscientific disciplines and, according to the NBG, is suitable for the task at hand.

The DVGeo has organized three symposia on the subject of the final disposal of high-level radioactive waste - you will find speakers and videos from these events under Specialized Topics.