Safe and Sustainable Back-End of the Fuel Cycle (SSFC 2020)

The second SSFC conference (SSFC 2020) will focus on research and development relating to the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle and the disposal of radioactive waste in the Czech Republic. The conference will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Economic Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament. The event is being organised by the Czech Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (SÚRAO), whose mission is to ensure the safe disposal of radioactive waste generated in the Czech Republic and which is responsible for the coordination of a wide range of related research projects. International cooperation, which will receive particular attention at this year’s conference, makes up an integral part of the multidisciplinary research of issues surrounding the design and construction of deep geological repositories.


Tuesday 29 September – Wednesday 30 September 2020  

Hotel Pyramida, Bělohorská 24, Praha 6

Agenda  will be announced soon 

Note: an optional visit to the Bukov Underground Re-search Facility will be arranged for those interested on Thursday
1 October 2020 (due to limited capacity, it is advisable that you inform us of your interest as soon as possible).

A discount code for accommodation is available for conference participants, click here to apply the code:

The organizer will not cover the accommodation costs.

Preliminary conference programme

Day 1

Tuesday 29 September 2020

  • Introduction – welcome session and the presentation of the objectives of the conference

  • Presentation from a representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade

  • Summary of the state of preparation of the DGR

Section 1: DGR site selection and characterisation

This section will be devoted to the results of the DGR site selection and characterisation process.


Continuation of section 1.

Section 2: Proposed design of the repository and the impact of the DGR on the environment

The proposed design of the repository, especially those factors that influence the extent and layout of the facility will be presented in this section. The section will also include presentations concerning the expected SNF and radioactive waste inventories and the non-radiation effects of the DGR on the environment.

Section 3: Repository engineered barriers

​The results of the research and development of engineered barriers, especially the R&D of the SNF disposal package and backfill materials will be shown here.

Poster session and discussion on the posters (with refreshments)

Day 2

Wednesday 30 September 2020

Section 4: Repository safety assessment

This section will focus on the results of research concerning repository safety assessment issues.


Continuation of section 4

Latest SÚRAO Research and Development Plan up to 2025

Presentation of the R&D plan for the upcoming period

Review of the R&D plan conducted by Posiva Solutions

Review of the R&D plan conducted by the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB)

The discussion will focus mainly on the latest R&D plan and the importance of involving Czech research organisations in broader international research cooperation

Concluding remarks from the Managing Director of SÚRAO

URF Bukov

The Bukov Uderground Research Facility is located at a depth of 550 metres below the earth’s surface, serves as a test site for the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority with respect to the assessment of the behaviour of the rock environment and building materials at a depth corresponding to that anticipated for the future deep geological repository for spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste.

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