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The closure and decommissioning of nuclear power plants, particularly power reactors, present high demands regarding planning and authorization to all parties involved. In the ongoing decade several nuclear power plants will be shut down due to their operating life and political decisions, not only in Europe, but also worldwide. As a result, optimized decommissioning strategies will need  to be well-coordinated among all participants.

The ICOND focuses on the relevant legal parameters in Germany and compares decommissioning strategies worldwide. This includes roles of authorization, financial planning, and change management in the transition from nuclear power plant to decommissioned project. Furthermore the different options for interim storage and disposal of radioactive waste are discussed.


ICOND addresses operators of nuclear plants and companies who are working on the planning, implementation and supervision of decommissioning projects; authorities and technical experts whose focus includes the approval and supervisions procedure of decommissioning projects; and research institutions, which are responsible for the dismantling of research reactors and the storage and/or disposal of radioactive hazardous waste.

ICOND will enable participants to proficiently discuss the challenges of the decommissioning of nuclear plants in a practical way, and to define optimal planning variants for decommissioning implementation. Simultaneous translation (German/English) will be available.


The ICOND takes place in the center of Aachen.

Eurogress Aachen • Monheimsallee 48 • 52062 Aachen • Germany

All information and a detailed travel description can be found at the following link: 
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The ICOND always addresses current aspects of nuclear decommissioning and increasingly includes the resulting experience.

The reviews of the symposia contents and impressions of the past years can be found at the above year figures:

The 8th edition of ICOND took place in November 2019 at the Eurogress Aachen in cooperation with ENGIE. More than 370 international participants visited this year´s ICOND and were informed about current market developments by 32 expert speakers. In the accompanying and significantly enlarged exhibition, 48 companies presented their products and services.

The conference was opened by Mr. Henry Cordes, Chairman of the EWN Management Board, with a presentation on EWN´s waste treatment strategies and the planned ESTRAL interim storage. Slightly more than half of the contributions came from abroad, for example Mr. Martin Andreasson from NND presented on the decommissioning planning of nuclear facilities in Norway, while Dr. Cédric Carasco from the CEA in France gave a lecture on techniques currently under development for the characterization of radioactive waste.

Our Business Speed Networking and the ensuing Get Together enabled participants to make new contacts and get in contact with other experts, while the exhibitors were able to present themselves to individually guided groups during an Exhibitor Road Show.

The ICOND 2018 was opened with a key note by Stephan Krüger from PreussenElektra. As the responsible manager for the decommissioning of the company's nuclear power plants, he explained the fleet strategy for optimized dismantling.

The growing number of international contributions shared experiences of foreign participants. For example, the current status of the decommissioning of the nuclear power plant ZION in the USA was the subject of a lecture. In the Pre-Conference Workshop, European participants, supplemented by national presentations, spoke about new technologies in the field of dismantling such as Laser Cutting Technology, Surface Treatment or Measurement Systems.

In addition, there were presentations on project organization and market development. Dr. Jochen Latz of McKinsey & Company focused on market perspectives for the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and relevant success factors to successfully assert oneself internationally in the field of dismantling.

In November 2017, ICOND took place for the sixth time in cooperation with TÜV Rheinland and the Belgian companies TECNUBEL and TRACTEBEL. With 310 participants from nearly twenty nations, the number of participants increased for the third year in a row. More than twenty companies used the fully booked exhibition space in the Eurogress Aachen to present their dismantling-specific products and services to the specialist audience.

ICOND 2017 focused on the reorientation of the nuclear industry due to the nuclear phase-out in Germany. Miss Dr. Ruth Welsing of the law firm Kümmerlein, attorneys and notaries presented the changes by the law on the reorganization of responsibility in nuclear waste disposal adopted in 2017. According to the law, the power plant operators are to be responsible for the entire handling and financing of the areas of decommissioning, dismantling and professional packaging radioactive waste. However, the federal government will be responsible for the "implementation and financing of interim and final storage" in the future. Mr. Wolfgang Honetschläger, responsible for the dismantling projects at EnBW Kernkraft GmbH, spoke about the holistic strategy for the dismantling of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. The presented corporate strategy dealt with the following tasks: approval and personnel management, disposal of residues and final disposal preparations. The first decommissioning activities in Neckarwestheim were presented.

The international exchange of experience took place both in plenary sessions, based on initial presentations by participants from Taiwan and Russia, and during the Pre-Conference Workshop, which for the first time focused on the specific features of the decommissioning of nuclear research institutions.

The fifth International Conference on Nuclear Decommissioning (ICOND)  was held in November 2016 in cooperation with TUV Rheinland and the Belgian company TECNUBEL in the Eurogress in Aachen. Of the approximately 290 participants, 32% came from abroad, underscoring the trend of an increasing internationalization of ICOND. In addition, more than twenty companies presented new products and services throughout the event and used the opportunity to cultivate or establish contacts.

The focus of the 2016  ICOND was on the latest developments in the fields of decommissioning and nuclear waste disposal, as well as on experiences from ongoing decommissioning projects in Germany and abroad. Ms. Heinen-Esser, Managing Director of the newly founded Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung (BGE), presented the results of the “Commission on the Storage of High-level Radioactive Waste.” Mr. Homan, Managing Director of PreussenElektra, reported on the planning of their own decommissioning projects and future developments.

The „4th International Conference on Nuclear Decommissioning – ICOND“ was in 2015 again organized in cooperation with the TÜV Rheinland and was held for the first time in the recently opened World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. In addition to the 250 Participants two dozen companies used the opportunity to establish contacts and present new products in the exhibition area of the brand new and modern conference center.

The scope of participants in 2015 comprised representatives of the industry, technical supervision, security commissions, regulatory authorities and utilities as well as representatives of the national and international press. The conference focused subtasks of the decommissioning projects and technologies which are needed therefore, compared decommission strategies and presented legal frame conditions.

With 27% participation from abroad the internationality increased compared to the previous years, which reflects the interest in innovative decommission technologies and the experiences in Germany.

During the Pre-Conference Workshop participants shared experiences about various technologies from worldwide decommissioning projects. The beginning of the conference focused on economic optimization approaches of nuclear decommissioning and got completed with the panel discussion about time and cost risks during the decommission. Within the 32 lectures the speakers presented beside the current status of the nuclear phase out in Germany also different international perspectives and strategies.

We are glad about the positive feedback and the great interest in the ICOND, to which we will gladly welcome you again in November 2016.

The ICOND 2014 was organized in cooperation with TÜV Rheinland and the british company Amec, today Amec Foster Wheeler, in the CCW of Messe Essen, Germany.  The conference brought 300 representatives from industry, technical monitoring and regulatory authorities together. Experts from RWE, E.ON, Vattenfall, EnBW, EDF, GDF Suez and Belgonucléaire were among the participants. The majority of the participants were from the operational and strategic management.

Due to 25% foreign participation, the ICOND 2014 was more international than the previous years. Key issues of the Pre-Conference Workshop for the international participants were options and strategies to access the German market. Also the legally and administrative framework in Germany and innovative dicommsissioning technologies were presented.

Legal aspects of a possible foundation model to fund the decommissioning and disposal of radioactive waste in Germany were mainly discussed at the conference. Furthermore strategies for dismantling management and cost effective decommissioning were introduced from foreign speakers. How can we keep up with the calculated time and budget and which risks do exist?

Especially discussed was the benchmarking of decommissioning project management. The disposal and final storage of radioactive waste, as well as the new EU Basic Safety Standards including the regulations for release were part of the final topic session. The opportunity of the accompanying exhibition used 26 companies to get in touch with decision makers and to present new products.

The ICOND 2013 was carried out in cooperation with the TÜV Rheinland at the Eurogress Aachen congress centre. Over 300 participants - mainly representatives of the nuclear industry and utilities - discussed the current challenges of the nuclear power plant decommissioning caused by the phase out concept of the federal government. The speakers presented at the conference their expertise and best practice solutions and encouraged so discussions with the audience. The topics included decommissioning strategies and project management. In particular this addressed the question: What core competencies are recommended to hold by the utilities and which range of activities should be covered, from an economic point of view, by the service or supplier industry?

Speakers and participants also grappled with the competence and motivation preservation in a changing corporate structure. In relation to this issue concrete procedures in the field of change management were presented. In addition, the treatment of waste from decommissioning radioactive waste has been an issue. The possibilities and constraints of the two disposal concepts "cut and packaging" and "long time storage" were analyzed and compared. The President of the German Atomic Forum, Dr. Ralf Güldner, addressed in his opening speech the actual situation in Germany, where he does not expect an operating license for final disposal Konrad before 2021. A total of 17 companies took advantage of the accompanying exhibition, to present their expertise and to establish the basis for follow up discussions with potential customers. Retrospective the representatives of the exhibiting companies welcomed the quality of discussions and questions from the participants.

"We welcome the dialogue on strategic and technical approval tasks between the experts" said the Managing Director of AiNT Andreas Havenith and amend "with the ICOND 2013 in Aachen, we would like to point out the good infrastructure and expertise in the region of Aachen and Jülich" Since the winter term 2010 the master program Nuclear Safety Engineering exists at the RWTH Aachen University.

The International Conference on Nuclear Decommissioning 2012 was organized by AiNT in cooperation with TÜV Rheinland. The event with 300 participants and 10 exhibitors was fully booked. The lectures dealt with the withdrawal from nuclear energy and the according parameters predetermined by the German Federal Government. Two lawyers discussed the legal aspects of the decommissioning and post-shut-down-phase. Other speakers also talked about different possibilities to tighten and speed-up the approval procedure. Companies working in the nuclear industry and the operators of nuclear power plants presented successful decommissioning projects. Furthermore the lessons learned from the experience so far were discussed.



10:00 Registration



Dr. John Kettler – AiNT GmbH




Decommissioning of the Nuclear Power Plants – Monitoring by the Expert Organization
Dr. Matthias Nuding - Verband der Technischen Überwachungs-Vereine


Disposal of Dismantling Materials from Nuclear Facilities – A Legal Inventory
Dr. Christian Raetzke – Attorney at Law

14:15 Planning and Construction of a Dismantling Hall for Large Components
Bernhard Olm – Entsorgungswerk für Nuklearanlagen GmbH

14:45 Radioactive Materials Management during Chernobyl NPP Decommissioning
Mykola Skrypov & Andrii Nekoz – State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUZEM)



Perspectives in the International Collaboration for Radioactive Waste Management and Nuclear Decommissioning
Rebecca Tadesse – Head of Division of Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning at OECD NEA

16:15 Competence Development and Networking - Supporting Young Professionals
Dr. Katharina Stummeyer – Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH



sponsored by ENGIE



Young Professional Recruiting




09:00 Opportunities and Risks of the Digitalisation of Processes in Nuclear Decommissioning
Fritz Leibundgut – Paul Scherrer Institut

09:30 Optimization of Complex Planning Projects with the Help of Mathematical Methods
Peter Stängle – Rodias GmbH




10:45 Decommissioning Strategy for the Power Plant Fleet of PreussenElektra
Dr. Guido Knott – PreussenElektra GmbH


Preparation of the Decommissioning of the Nuclear Power Plants Doel 3 and Tihange 2 in Belgium
Marc De Vleeschhauwer – ENGIE

11:45 The Squaring of the Circle – Packaging Germany‘s Nuclear Heritage
Jörg Viermann – GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH

12:15 LUNCH




Management and Characterization of RAW from Activated Large Components
Peter tratansky & Martin Launer - Jacobs Slovakia s.r.o.

14:00 Advanced Decontamination of Metal and Concrete Surfaces by Laser
Dr. Marion Herrmann – Technische Universität Dresden

14:30 Remote Dismantling and Packaging of activated Corewaste and Reactor-Internals
Ralf Oberhäuser – ORANO GmbH
Ronald Strysewske – Entsorgungswerk für Nuklearanlagen GmbH


15:45 Experience and Benefits of a Full System Decontamination (FSD) as a Comprehensive Measure for Source Term Reduction prior to Decommissioning
Dr. Christian Topf & Luis Sempere Belda – Framatome GmbH

16:15 Deconstruction of the Highly Reinforced Concrete Structures of the High-Temperature Reactor AVR
Marco Steinbusch – JEN Jülicher Entsorgungsgesellschaft für Nuklearanlagen GmbH

16:45 Rückbau des Kernkraftwerks Mülheim-Kärlich
Dr. Thomas Volmar – RWE Nuclear GmbH - Anlage Mülheim-Kärlich

17:15 Introduction of a Modern Production Control System for the Decontamination and Clearance of Building Parts
Ferdinand Bartels – PreussenElektra GmbH




09:00 MICADO Project – Harmonization of Measurement and Instrumentation for Cleaning and Decommissioning Operations
Dr. Giacomo Mangiagalli – CAEN S.p.A.

09:30 Spent Fuel Characterization – 50 Years of Experience at the OECD Halden Reactor Project
Dr. Scott Holcombe – Institute for Energy Technology

10:00 Retrieval, Characterization and Treatment of Radioactive Waste from the Asse II Mine
Jens Köhler – Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung GmbH



11:15 Spatially Resolved Gamma Spectrometry of Waste Drums for the Reduction of Artificial Activities (ASGS)
Dr. Matthias Fritzsche – Mirion Technologies (Canberra) GmbH

11:45 Tracking of Radioactive Waste Packages
José García – JE Project

12:15 Final Statement and Outlook
Prof. Dr. Bruno Thomauske – RWTH Aachen






Share your experience with the international audience. We are looking forward to your abstract for 2020. A template is available HERE.

For each presentation, 25 minutes will be provided to talk, and 5 minutes for questions and discussion.





This is the booth plan for the exhibition of the ICOND 2020.




If you are interested in an exhibition space, please contact us. Exhibition equipment and furniture can be provided. An inventory list will be sent to you upon request.



Ms. Silke Siebrecht and
Ms. Helena Schunk
are available  
from Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm (CET) at
02402 127505 111.



Aufgrund der aktuellen COVID-19 Situation bieten wir neben der klassischen Präsenzveranstaltung im Aachener Eurogress
parallel eine Online-Teilnahme über unseren Technikpartner b2match an.



Tuesday, November 11th, 2020 to Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Incl. Online-Media access and
1:1 Online Meetings on Friday, November, 27th, 2020

1.140 € / Particpant / excl. VAT



Tuesday, November 11th, 2020 to Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Incl. Online-Media access and
1:1 Online Meetings on Friday, November, 27th, 2020

950 € / Particpant / excl. VAT



Please find answers for freqently asked questions


What are the infection protection and hygiene regulations?
Participation in the ICOND is not possible for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection.
• Wearing a mask is mandatory! It may only be taken off when being seated.
• Please bring your own mask!
• Please keep a distance of 2 m to other participants.
Obey the sneeze & cough etiquettes (use disposable handkerchiefs, cough and sneeze in the crook of your arm)
• Disinfect your hands when entering the venue and several times during the event


Is my private contact information collected and what happens to it?
  • A "special traceability" of the participants is mandatory. This requires private contact data to be recorded for a possible tracing of a Covid-19 infection chain. These data have to be retained for four weeks and must be made available to health authorities in case of an infection among the participants. After this period of time, these data will be deleted.
    A participation in ICOND without consent to this is not possible.
    (Legal basis: The legal basis for data processing is Article 6 Paragraph 1 c) DSGVO. According to this article, data processing is permitted if it is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation. The legal obligation results from § 2a of the Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia).

  • To ensure a special traceability, each person present will be allocated a fixed seat per day. This seat will be located in the lecture hall for participants and at the booked stand for the exhibitors' stand personnel. A cloakroom cannot be made available, please keep your wardrobe at your assigned seat.
Is there a quarantine obligation in Aachen or North Rhine-Westphalia?

If you participate in the ICOND there is no quarantine obligation.

The Corona entry regulation of the State Nordrhine Westphalia (as of October 10th), §3, paragraph 4, sentence 5 states as an exemption from a possibly necessary quarantine:

“An individual may travel to a risk area or return to North Rhine-Westphalia from a risk area in the event of mandatory occupational reasons or reasons of education or to undergo urgent medical treatment for a trip of up to 5 days.”

Do I have to be in quarantine when I return home?

Please inform yourself about the regulations valid in your home country when you return.

How is the lecture hall ventilated?

Ventilation takes place with maximum air exchange exclusively via outside air operation (no recirculation operation)

How do I get my ticket?

All bookings are made via the website To book online tickets you will be redirected to an external portal.
Booking for the on-site conference:

You will receive your ticket with the booking confirmation. Please print it out. You will be registered electronically with the printed QR code. You will receive your name badge as well as a lanyard cover for this purpose from us.
Payment will be made by bank transfer after our invoice.
Booking for the online event:

You will be forwarded to the portal
There you register and pay by credit card. You will then receive an access code approx. 7 days before the ICOND, which will enable you to log in to participate online.

How does the Business Speed-Networking/Matchmaking work?

In order to enable all participants to talk to each other and establish contacts, this year's Business Speed Networking will take place exclusively online in the form of a matchmaking. Via the online portal you can arrange appointments with online and/or presence participants after the ICOND on Friday, November 27th in two different time windows. For this purpose, it is important that you enter as much information as possible about yourself, your company, products or services in your profile on icond-2020. b2match. io.

Are the lectures deposited in a media center? How long will these be available?

The lectures are available for registered participants until December 11th in the media center.

Is there a simultaneous translation also for the online participation?

The lectures will be available both in German and English.

How are the exhibitors involved in the ICOND event ?

The exhibitors will be introduced in an exhibitor presentation. Furthermore, depending on the Corona-related requirements, the proven exhibitor road show (2 minutes presentation time of the exhibitor in front of a smaller guided group) or a short presentation of the exhibitors in the lecture hall will take place. The exhibitors' presentations on site will be recorded and also made available online.

& ICOND 2020

The conference will take place in compliance with precautionary and hygiene measures!