KERNTECHNIK, with its unique range of topics, covers a wide variety of aspects: Uranium enrichment, advanced reactor technologies, safety aspects of nuclear energy, service for existing fleets, long-term operation, modernization and new construction activities, decommissioning and dismantling, final disposal of radioactive waste, nuclear fusion and the role of nuclear energy in the context of the energy transition and climate protection.

In addition to keynotes and special formats, the Technical Sessions in the four categories Competence and Safety, International Trends and Development, Decommissioning & Waste Treatment, Interim Storage & Final Storage cover a wide range of scientific, technical and organizational issues. Kompetenz und Sicherheit, Internationale Trends und Entwicklung, Decommissioning & Waste Treatment, Interim Storage & Final Storage wissenschaftliche, technische und organisatorische Sachverhalte in große Breite ab.

This ranges from knowledge management and maintenance of expertise to thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and neutronics, reliability and safety analyses for existing NPPs and nuclear facilities, new construction projects, advanced reactor concepts incl. research reactors, innovative systems and components, model development and validation, fuel supply, enrichment and re-enrichment, fusion technology and its materials, decommissioning and dismantling of NPPs and research reactors. Research reactors, innovative systems and components, model development and validation, fuel supply, enrichment and re-enrichment, fusion technology and its materials, decommissioning and dismantling of NPPs and research reactors, radiation protection and radiological characterization, automation, digitalization and industrialization in dismantling, conditioning of nuclear fuels and radioactive waste, waste management, nuclear transport and storage containers, integrity and behaviour of irradiated nuclear fuels.

Key Note Speaker

Rafal Kasprów | ORLEN Synthos Green Energy

„Competitive supply of industry with electricity and heat through SMR or, in the future, through Advanced Modular Reactors as part of Poland’s way to nuclear“

Rafał is CEO of Synthos Green Energy and a member of the Board of BWRX Europe (the joint venture between SGE and GE Hitachi Nuclear). He also serves on the board of other companies involved in nuclear projects. For almost two decades, he was managing partner of a private consulting firm advising a number of companies in the energy, oil, telecommunications and natural resources sectors, including PKN ORLEN, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Mercuria Energy Trading, Orange, Polkomtel, GE Capital, KGHM Polish Copper and others.

Staffan Reveman | Reveman Energy Academy 

"Trends in the competitive energy supply in Germany and worldwide"

Staffan Reveman advises international companies on technological and strategic issues in the field of energy-intensive industries such as digital infrastructures and battery cell factories. His topics include site optimization, climate balances, heat recovery, sustainability, security of supply, levies and electricity costs. Born in Sweden, he comments on German energy policy as a publicist and regularly gives lectures on the subject. 

Prof. Dr. Robert Wolf | Max-Planck-Institut 

"Fusion research on the way to an energy source - status, prospects and challenges"

After studying physics at the Technical University in Aachen, Robert Wolf - born in Munich in 1964 - completed his doctorate at the world's largest fusion research experiment, the Joint European Torus (JET) in Culham, Great Britain. In 1995, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as a research assistant. 

In 2002, he moved to the Jülich Research Center as Director of the Institute of Plasma Physics, habilitated at the University of Mons-Hainaut in Belgium in the same year and became a university professor at the Ruhr University Bochum in 2003. In 2011, he was appointed to the Technical University of Berlin. He has been a scientific member of the IPP in Greifswald since August 2006.

Dr. Andreas Volz | Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

"Promotion of the maintenance of competence in the programs of nuclear safety research and decommissioning research at the BMBF"

Dr. Andreas Volz is a consultant at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since 2020, he has been responsible for the FORKA - Research for the Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities funding program, among others. In 2021, the funding program NUKSI - Nuclear Safety Research and Radiation Research was added.

Peter Gerner | Framatome

„Continuity in NPP Services: key contributor to operational excellence, LTO, efficient decommissioning and sustainable waste management”

After training as an industrial mechanic and completing a degree in mechanical engineering at the Nuremberg University of Applied Sciences in 1992, he began his career at Siemens KWU as a project engineer in component engineering and revision service.

Peter Gerner took over plant service at Framatome and the chairmanship of Framatome in Spain in 2010. He has also been responsible for the "Dismantling" division since 2015.

His area of responsibility therefore includes inspection services, non-destructive testing, measures to extend service life, component repair and replacement, chemical decontamination, waste treatment, E + I&C services and dismantling.

Dr. Jörg Harren | Urenco 

„Die Zukunft der Urananreicherung: Energiekrise, Technologie und die Rolle von Urenco“

Dr. Jörg Harren has been Managing Director of Urenco Deutschland GmbH at the Gronau/Westphalia site since 2021. Dr. Harren, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, can look back on 25 years of experience in the chemical industry, including senior positions in Research & Development, Innovation and Technology Development. Before joining the Urenco Group, he was site manager of the Marl Chemical Park with over 10,000 employees.

Dr. Martin Pache | Westinghouse 

Advanced power generation solutions for the 21st century“

Dr. Martin Pache has been working for Westinghouse for 20 years. After completing his studies and doctorate in general mechanical engineering, he initially joined the nuclear technology department as a calculation engineer. Further stages in his career have included: Project Management, Customer Support, Technical Marketing, Quality and Safety, Engineering Director. Many of these activities have also taken him abroad, in particular to the USA, South Africa and throughout Europe. Since 2022, he has been entrusted with the management of Westinghouse Electric Germany. 

Dr. Christian Raetzke | Lawyer 

"Reflections on a legal framework for nuclear fusion"

Dr. Christian Raetzke is a lawyer and has been working in nuclear and radiation protection law for over 20 years. From 1999 to 2011, he worked for E.ON Kernkraft (now PreussenElektra) in Hanover. In 2011, he set up his own law firm in Leipzig. He regularly publishes legal articles and is a lecturer at seminars and international training institutions on nuclear and radiation protection law.

Dr. Ulla Engelmann | European Commission Joint Research Centre JRC 

"The Joint Research Center of the European Commission - Contributions to Nuclear Safety and Security"

Dr. rer. nat. Ulla Engelmann has been working for the European Commission and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) since 1997. From 1997 to 2004, she initially headed the PR department at JRC Ispra and then took on various unit management functions in the areas of communication and international relations. After moving to the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), she was responsible for SME networks such as Industrial Clusters and Entreprise Europe. 

Since 2023, she has been Director at the JRC site in Karlsruhe and JRC Director of Directorate G for Nuclear Safety. This responsibility extends across sites in Karlsruhe (D), Geel (B), Petten (NL) and Ispra (I).

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