Thursday, September 3rd


Anne Eckhardt is an expert for safety, risk and uncertainty. She graduated in biophysics in 1990 at ETH Zurich. From then on until 2007, she worked for an engineering consultancy firm advising on the safety of technical systems and natural hazards, and built up its Technology and Society department. She was a member of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Commission from 1997–2000 and from 2005–2007. From 1999–2002, she was a member of EKRA, a group of experts developing disposal concepts for the deep geological storage of radioactive waste for the Swiss Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. From 2012–2019, she was president of the ENSI board, which is supervising the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI). Since 2007, Anne Eckhardt is an independent consultant with risicare GmbH. She is currently the deputy project spokesperson of TRANSENS, a German transdisciplinary joint research project on nuclear disposal.

Anne Eckhardt published several specialist books and book chapters, and authored commissioned studies on technology assessment. Her book “Risiken und Ungewissheiten bei der Entsorgung hoch radioaktiver Abfälle” (Risks and Uncertainties in the Disposal of Highly Radioactive Waste) was published in 2016.



Anja Maria Schleicher works as research scientist at GFZ Potsdam, section Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry. She is head of the X-ray laboratory (XRD/XRF) and manager of the clay mineralogy laboratory. She is an expert on fluid-rock interactions, upper crust rock deformation and alteration, the influence of clay minerals to the seismic behavior of a fault, dating fault zones, and, to be mentioned most importantly, the role of clay minerals in nuclear waste repositories. She is involved in the project iCross (Integrity of nuclear waste repository systems – Cross-scale system understanding and analysis).



Field Trip (canceled)

A field trip to the repository for low to intermediate level nuclear waste Morsleben was planned to take place on two days since the maximum number of persons allowed is 14 per day. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the field trip won’t take place.

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