Conference on Fuel Debris characterization 2017
In cooperation with the University of Fukui, Cooperative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Sciences (CLADS) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) held JFY2017 3rd Fukushima Research Conference, subtitled as "Conference on Fuel Debris characterization 2017 (ConFDeC 2017)" from September 5th to 6th, 2017. This conference focused on promotion of decommissioning study and fostering young researchers, and was held at two different venues: Tomioka Town Art & Media Center "MANABI NO MORI" on the first day and Naraha Cycling Terminal Viewing Hotel "TENJIN" on the second day. The total number of participants was about fifty (50) .
On September 5th, a keynote speech (opened to the public and media) was given by Mr. Okuzumi from IRID, followed by presentations on fuel debris by researchers from both CLADS and the universities. Afterwards, group discussions were conducted by about fifty (50) researchers from JAEA and several different universities in Japan. In the keynote speech, Mr. Okuzumi explained about the current status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the technological issues on fuel debris retrieval. After the keynote speech, the young researchers broke up into 4 small groups of 7 to 8 people depending on each subject and discussed each topic in English. Each group, joined by postdoctoral fellows from overseas who work for CLADS, vigorously discussed fundamental studies on fuel debris as well as the necessity and importance of decommissioning work, etc.
On September 6th, university students made presentations on what they discussed in the group discussions on 5th, then all the participants joined and discussed their presentations.
Through discussions, not only the importance of international cooperation was reaffirmed, but also the necessity of expanding the field of fundamental study and developing research support systems, which are thought to be easy for the university students to attend, was emphasized for securing and fostering human resources for decommissioning. In this conference, about one third of the participants were university-related and almost half of those were young researchers aged from 20 to 30 years. They expressed the opinion that having the discussions and communications with other researchers from home and abroad was a valuable experience that would be hard to obtain in their daily college life.
Given such comments from the participants, we have achieved the purpose of this conference.