12th International Conference on the Chemistry and Migration Behaviour of Actinides and Fission Products in the Geosphere
Three Rivers Convention Center
Kennewick, Washington, USA
September 20 - 25, 2009
The 12th Migration Conference will be held in Kennewick Washington, close to one of the pioneer locations of nuclear technology: the Hanford Site.
The MIGRATION conferences focus on recent developments in the fundamental chemistry of actinides, fission and activation products in natural aquifer systems, their interactions and migration in the geosphere, and the processes involved in modelling their geochemical behaviour.
Special Events for 2009:
- Special Technical Session on Subsurface Contamination Issues at the Hanford Site
- Wednesday afternoon tour of the Historic Hanford Site, including the worlds first plutonium production reactor – The B Reactor. (Limited availability)
The sessions in MIGRATION '09 cover the following areas:
Aquatic chemistry of actinides and fission products
- Solubility and dissolution
- Solid solution and secondary phase formation
- Complexation with inorganic and organic ligands
- Redox reactions and radiolysis effects
- Solid-water interface reactions
- Colloid formation
- Experimental methods
Migration behaviour of radionuclides
- Sorption/desorption phenomena in dynamic systems
- Diffusion and other migration processes
- Colloid migration
- Effects of biological and organic materials
- Field and large scale experiments
- Natural Analogues
Geochemical and transport modelling
- Data selection and evaluation
- Coupling chemistry and transport
- Development and application of models
- Model validation
The primary mode of presentation will be early evening poster sessions designed to encourage intense communication, in a relaxed atmosphere, among the authors and participants. Daily oral sessions will be opened with invited lectures followed by contributed papers within the scope of each session.
Full papers of all invited and contributed presentations will be peer-reviewed and, if accepted, published in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will consist of special issues of international journals.
The MIGRATION conferences provide an international forum for the timely exchange of scientific information on chemical processes controlling the migration behaviour of actinides and fission products in natural aquifer systems. Experimental investigations and predictive modelling of these processes are the main topics of the conferences. The information generated from the MIGRATION conferences is the basis for the mechanistic understanding of the migration behaviour of long-lived radionuclides in the geosphere, which is essential for the long-term performance assessment of nuclear waste disposal.
The first MIGRATION conference was held in 1987 in Munich, Germany. It was followed by MIGRATION 89 in Monterey, California, USA; MIGRATION 91 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain; MIGRATION 93 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA; MIGRATION 95 in Saint-Malo, France; MIGRATION 97 in Sendai, Japan, MIGRATION 99 at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA, MIGRATION 01 in Bregenz, Austria, MIGRATION 03 in Gyeongju, Korea, MIGRATION 05 in Avignon, France, and MIGRATION 07 again in Munich.
Conference papers that were peer-reviewed and accepted for publication have been appeared in special issues of Radiochimica Acta 44/45 (1988), 52/53 (1991), 58/59 (1992), 66/67 (1994), 74 (1996), 82 (1998), 88 (no. 9/10) (2000), 90 (2002), 92 (2004), 94 (2006), in the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 13 (no. 1/4) (1993), 21 (no.1/4) (1996), 26 (no.1/4) (1997), 35 (no. 1/3) (1998), 47 (no2/4) (2001), 61 (no1/4) (2003) and in Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 31 (2006) . Proceedings of the last conference are in print in the journals Radiochimica Acta 96 (2008) and Physics and Chemistry of the Earth.