Knowledge management

The identification, assessment, structuring and dissemination of past and present knowledge of pre-disposal R&D activities accumulated within the European Commission R&D programmes as well as international and national radioactive waste management organisations, is of vital importance for early-stage radioactive waste management programmes, advanced programs and future generations. It is the objective of this package to provide access to this knowledge in a systematic and structured way to the participants of the PREDIS beneficiaries and later to the European pre-disposal community. The knowledge management (KM) work performed within this work package is aligned with the KM activities in the Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Management (EURAD). The KM WP will make use of the vast amount of knowledge and expertise existing in the PREDIS R&D WPs. The PREDIS KM work package is divided into four tasks to meet its objective.

  1. Development of Knowledge management programme
  2. State of knowledge
  3. Developing and implementing training programme
  4. Implementing a mobility programme


Task 3.1 Knowledge management programme

This task relates to the strategic development of the complete PREDIS KM programme, structuring the KM work and to develop the PREDIS roadmap that is aligned with the EURAD roadmap. It is of significance to avoid duplication of work made in the past or in ongoing projects or programmes when developing the PREDIS KM programme and therefore pronounced attention is given to integrate initiatives made by e.g. IAEA, OECD/NEA, EDF (NUGENIA), EURAD, national and international initiatives. A central part of this task concerns development of the pre-disposal roadmap that corresponds to Theme 2: Predisposal activities in the EURAD roadmap) taking into account the pre-disposal end-users, stakeholders and community needs.

Predisposal Glossary was published in May 2022, based on the IAEA Safety Glossary published in 2018. The glossary consists of the key words to be commonly used in the work and deliverables of the PREDIS project. The purpose of this document is to support the PREDIS partners to use a consistent vocabulary in the project and dissemination.

Task 3.2 State of Knowledge

Strongly coupled to the PREDIS roadmap built up in Task 3.1, this second task is responsible for populating the predisposal roadmap with State-of-Knowledge (SoK) documents having different levels of details depending on their level in the hierarchic roadmap structure. The authors of the SoK documents are subject matter experts active within the R&D WPs or external to PREDIS. More information on the PREDIS Roadmap can be found here.

Tasks 3.3 and 3.4 Developing and implementing training and mobility programmes

PREDIS partners has special interest to make use of PREDIS training and mobility programmes to allow newcomers and new generations to acquire the level of knowledge needed to develop a professional career in the different subjects related to the predisposal of radioactive waste. The training and mobility programmes target young professionals (including PhD/PostDocs and trainees) associated with the PREDIS participating organisations. After surveying and prioritising PREDIS participants training needs and having performed a mapping of the required courses  among European Radioactive Waste organisations a match of the training needs and available courses is made and announced on the KM webpage. Requested courses on topics where no training in Europa exists will be organized by KM WP during the project duration (available courses are listed here).

The Mobility programme follows a similar methodology as training. The main difference is that in this case the young researchers are supported for short stages in other institutions to develop specific research of interest for both organisations, the one sending the researcher and the one receiving it. Are you are interested in applying for a mobility? Click here.