Program in development: an exciting mixture of oral and poster sessions is planned.

Keynote Presentations 

Lyesse Laloui, Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland 
“Subsurface Energy Applications and the Importance of Coupled Processes in Shales”

Dr. Lyesse Laloui is chaired professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, Lausanne, where he developed major research activities in the areas of Geomechanics, Geo-Energy, and Geoengineering. He is the recipient of the prestigious “Advanced European Research Council ERC Grant” for his project BIOGEOS (BIO-mediated GEO-material Strengthening). He wrote and edited 12 books and published over 300 peer-reviewed papers. His work is cited more than 5000 times. He is the Editor in Chief of the International journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment. He gave keynote and invited lectures at more than 30 leading international conferences. Among other awards, he received the “Excellent Contributions Award” of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, the “2016 RM Quigley Award” from the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and the 30th Roberval Award at the French Academy of Science in 2018. He has been involved as an expert in several international projects and acts as a consultant for industry.

Frédéric PlasDirector of Research and Development, Andra, France 
“Coupled Processes in the Context of Radionuclide Waste Disposal:
Importance to the Safety Case”

Frédéric PLAS holds an engineering degree and a higher education diploma in mechanics and hydraulics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure of Applied Geology of Nancy. Mr. Plas began his career in the 1980s at the CEA in a research laboratory on radioactive waste, before joining Andra in the 1990s. At Andra, he participated in research programs on engineered materials and the integration of scientific knowledge for the design and evaluation of disposal safety, his first involvement with the geological disposal project (later known as Cigéo).

Various managing positions in the Andra Scientific Division have allowed Frédéric Plas to become familiar with a wide range of scientific disciplines (geosciences, materials sciences, applied mathematics, etc.).

In particular, he managed the services in charge of integrating scientific data, describing the behavior of disposal facilities over time (deep geological, surface and subsurface disposals, according to waste streams) and of quantitatively and qualitatively evaluating the performance of the disposal facility, primarily through numerical simulation, in close link with safety assessment.

Director of the Research and Development Division of Andra since 2013, he is in charge of Andra’s scientific research program, in link in particular with French research organizations; and scientific studies to support Andra’s activities (design, construction, operating, monitoring, safety assessment for operating and post-closure periods, according to waste streams). With over one hundred staff with skill covering various scientific and technical domains (geosciences, material sciences, radionuclides behaviors, numerical simulation, data management, environmental sciences…), the Division takes advantage of its remarkable research tools, like the Underground Research Laboratory (LS) and the Observatoire Perenne de l’Environnement (long-term environment observatory) in Meuse / Haute Marne.

Frédéric Plas is a member of Euratom IGD-TP, bringing together the European organizations responsible for the implementation of geological disposal of radioactive waste and responsible for defining their priority R&D themes for geological disposal, and those in close connection with European Technical Support organizations and Research Entities within EURAD the European Joint programming on radioactive waste management.