This session is not about nuclear energy nor about nuclear weapons, but
it still relates to nuclear security. This session is about a major
challenge, which we have to solve together: the long-term storage of
Radioactive material usually is a by-product of nuclear power
generations, but also of hospitals, industry and research laboratories.
Because of the hazardous effects of radioactivity on humans and
environment, we have to take care of a concise and secure long-term
The Rathenau Institute invites you to talk, think and question the
challenge of long-term storage of radioactive material. Because of its
high complexity and its intergenerational effects, this is a challenge
that needs to be shared with society and thought of together. Public
participation is a way to realise this.
How do you want to be involved in this discussion? Do you already
see some preliminary solutions to it? How can we ensure that your
children and grandchildren will accept our ideas on long-term storage?
This session could mark the early beginning of a long-term public
participation, in which we together meet this challenge.
Ethicist and philosopher Prof.dr. Frans W.A. Brom (1963) is head
of the Rathenau Institute’s Technology Assessment division, since May
2007. He also is professor at the department of Philosophy/Ethics
Institute of Utrecht University. Frans Brom’s research is about societal
significance of scientific and technological advances, with a
particular focus on the interaction between technology assessment,
ethics and political philosophy.
Annick de Vries
Annick de Vries (1979) is senior researcher and project leader
at the Rathenau Institute, since 2013. She has a background in economics
and public administration. After finishing her PhD, she worked for
several years as a Dutch consultancy firm that primarily works for the
government. Just as her PhD thesis, her projects focused mainly on
dealing with risks and uncertainty. Now, she is involved with projects
on evidence based policy and energy technologies.