Co-operation With Our International Counterparts
The NWMO has co-operation agreements with our counterparts in Finland, France, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Partnering with other radioactive waste management organizations allows us to:
Foster international co-operation on the development and demonstration of technology
Learn from other countries’ experience
Keep abreast of developments in repository design and safety case development for various host rock formations
Our counterparts in Sweden (SKB) and Finland (Posiva) are our partners in the Greenland Analogue Project
, a research project looking at how an ice sheet affects groundwater flow and water chemistry around a repository in crystalline bedrock during glacial events.
Collaboration With the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
The NWMO actively participates in several international activities organized by the NEA. We are a member of its Radioactive Waste Management Committee, the Integration Group for the Safety Case, and the Clay Club. Current major activities include:
Thermodynamic Database Project
Expert Group on Operational Safety
Features, Events and Processes Database Project
International Collaboration on Preservation of Records, Knowledge and Memory Across Generations
Radioactive Waste Repository Metadata Management Project
Working Group on Measurement and Physical Understanding of Groundwater Flow Through Argillaceous Media (Clay Club)
Workshops and Conferences
The NWMO’s knowledge base is enhanced through active participation in workshops and conferences sponsored by such organizations as the Canadian Nuclear Society
, the NEA
, and the International Atomic Energy Agency
Partnerships With Universities
Research partnerships with universities play an important role in ensuring we understand how the system of engineered and natural barriers will work together to help isolate used nuclear fuel from the surrounding environment over the very long term. In 2018, the NWMO supported research at 15 universities, including Western University, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and York University.
We also participate in University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE), an alliance of universities, nuclear power utilities, and research and regulatory agencies. UNENE is a not-for-profit corporation for the support and development of nuclear education, research and development capacities in Canadian universities.
Our technical staff also provide support to university students by acting as mentors, by participating on PhD thesis committees, and by sharing their expertise through review of research proposals and theses, and hands-on assistance with the design and setup of specific experiments or methods.
Each year, internationally recognized specialists review
the work of the APM technical program. They assess whether suitable scientific and engineering approaches are in place, and evaluate whether our work is consistent with the current international state of knowledge.