Hardly any topic is discussed as controversially by society as the final disposal of high-level waste. In Germany, the last nuclear power plant will be shut down in 2022. While feasible solutions are foreseeable for low- and medium-level wastes, a final repository for high-level material does not yet exist worldwide. The Baden-Württemberg Foundation for Energy and Climate Protection and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will discuss approaches to solving the scientific-technical and so-cietal challenges with experts from politics, industry, and sci-ence at the symposium “Endlagerung” (final disposal) on Wednesday, June 13.
Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.