"TU Ilmenau Bürgercampus"

Our next lecture

Friday, March 24, 2023, 3:00 pm,Faraday lecture hall

apl. Prof. Dr. Andreas Keller TU Ilmenau

Radioactive Waste Repository - What to store, why, how and where?

Worldwide, 439 nuclear power plants are currently in operation, 52 are under construction. All of them produce highly radioactive materials as fission products and transuranics at the end of the fuel cycle. Such waste must be separated during operation and afterwards during dismantling and stored until its radioactivity has decayed sufficiently. All steps from the transfer of spent nuclear fuel rods to their final disposal must be performed in such a way that radioactivity remains contained and nuclear radiation is shielded. It must be ensured that the exposure of the population as a whole and especially in the vicinity of nuclear facilities and future repositories remains below strict, legally defined limits. For decades, there have been arguments in Germany against the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Since the 2011 phase-out, opponents have felt vindicated. Protests against final repositories have been going on for just as long. Under such conditions, the search for, construction and thousands of years of operation of a repository are highly problematic. Instead of physical-technical, geological, economic and other social criteria, political and above all "alternative facts" will determine the discussion.

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Pre-registration for participation in the events is not required.

For further information, please contact us by e-mail at buergercampus@tu-ilmenau.de or by phone at 03677 69-4675.

Spring semester 2023

The program for the Spring 2023 semester can be found here:

>Spring Semester 2023 Program<.

For further information, please contact us at the e-mail address buergercampus@tu-ilmenau.de.

Preview of the fall semester 2023

The events take place in the rooms of the Georg Schmidt Technical Center of the University of Ilmenau, Weimarer Straße, each Friday at 3:00 p.m. (see General Information - Map of the TU Ilmenau).

The following dates are planned for the fall semester 2023:

08.09. / 15.09. / 22.09. / 29.09. / 06.10. / 13.10. / 20.10. / 27.10. / 03.11. / 10.11. / 17.11. / 24.11. / 01.12. / 08.12.2023


Review of previous semesters

"Will drones fall on our heads in the future?", "Artificial intelligence - public perception and risk communication" or "The digitalization wave in medical care: Claim and Reality": The range of content covered by the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus is diverse and includes socio-political and cultural-political topics, natural sciences and humanities, technical, economic, medical, historical and cultural topics.

In the review of previous semesters you will find an overview of the events and topics of the past years.

Review of previous semesters

General information

Founded in 2006, the Senior Citizens' Academy at the Ilmenau University of Technology, today's TU Ilmenau Bürgercampus, is an open continuing education program for all interested persons from Ilmenau and the surrounding area.

General information on participation in the TU Ilmenau Bürgercampus

Responsible for the program and organization of the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus is the Ilmenau University of Technology in cooperation with the Universitätsgesellschaft Ilmenau - Freunde, Förderer, Alumni e.V..