REDUPP aims to communicate with audiences within and beyond the research community.
Actors within the research community will be reached by means mainly through presentation of research results at conferences and in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In addition a lecture series is planned, aimed at early career researchers.
Actors beyond the research community are the user groups of the knowledge arising from the project. These consist of:
The Nuclear Waste Management Arena
The REDUPP Consortium has excellent connections with the Nuclear Waste Management arena, including regulatory authorities. The communication with this audience will be direct through email-lists, meetings and other tools described below. It is also expected that this audience will provide interesting feed-back to the project.
Private sector: Professionals in industry
Considering the fundamental questions regarding material behaviour that are investigated in REDUPP, it is expected that there will be a general interest among professionals in the private sector. This audience will be reached through professional magazines, and the web site, as well as other tools.
Public involvement in science is important for research, and vice versa. The overall aim of REDUPP, i.e. to reduce uncertainties related to final disposal of spent nuclear fuel, is clearly a topic which interests the general public. It is important that the dissemination of the results to this audience is expertly done, and SKB has excellent experience in this area.
The following communication tools will be used:
Participation in conferences, meetings and workshops external to the project
REDUPP participants will be encouraged to present REDUPP in conferences, seminars and workshops at international and national levels.
There are a number of conferences, meetings and workshops where project members can present the REDUPP project, its activities and results. As the duration of the project is three years, some opportunities may yet become apparent, but aspects of REDUPP may be suitable for presentation at the following annual or biannual international conferences: MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management, MRS fall and spring meetings, Goldschmidt, European Mineralogical Conference, International Workshop on Materials Models and Simulations for Nuclear Fuels, Actinides, and Journées des Actinides. A list of relevant meetings will be made available on the web-site.
The third and final REDUPP meeting in early 2014 will be arranged as an open, international conference.
It expected that these meetings will allow an open channel for communication between researchers, the Nuclear Waste Management community and interested parties in the private sector.
Each research-based work package is obliged to submit one or two manuscripts to peer-reviewed journal as a part of the list of project deliverables. The REDUPP consortium will promote and encourage the publication of results from the project in highly-ranked peer-reviewed scientific journals. A publication list will be maintained at the project website.
Proceedings of the annual meetings will be publically available as Posiva Working reports.
A web-site has been established that will act as an information central for the project. It will provide information of the project, events, results and publications of REDUPP to ensure dissemination to a all audience groups mentioned above, as well as to the research community. Members of the consortium will be encouraged to provide a REDUPP link on each beneficiary’s website. A restricted Members Area has been provided for the project participants.
The website will be available for five years after the end of the project, and it will be the main communication channel to the general public.
A 2-page newsletter will be distributed twice a year. It will be posted on the REDUPP web site, and on the EU web site: (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/euratom-fission/funded-reports_en.html) . In addition to this, newsletters will be sent to subscribers to a REDUPP mailing list for quick and direct dissemination of information to interested parties regarding project events, progress and results.
The Co-ordinator will be responsible for the newsletter, as a part of Work Package 7.
Articles in professional magazines
Some of the audience in industry may be possible to reach through international conferences; however, many professionals do not attend scientific meetings. To widen our reach, REDUPP participants are also encouraged to submit manuscripts to professional magazines with less scientific detail. Some examples are : Materials World (magazine of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining), Geoscientist (magazine of the Geological Society of London) and Chemistry World (magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry) and The Geochemical News (Newsletter of The Geochemical Society). In addition, research*eu, the magazine of the European Research Area would be a suitable publication to choose for presenting our work to a wider audience.
If found appropriate and opportunity arises, press releases may be utilised as a way of channelling our findings to the general public. Press releases are may be handled by the individual beneficiaries but the Co-ordinator will always be made aware of such events. Since the SKB communication department has significant experience with media relations, this department will be used preferentially.
Web site – intranet
The web site is a central and main tool for communication on project-related issues. A restricted Members Area is available for project participants via the home page of the project website, protected by a username and password. Through the Member Area documents are circulated and the schedule of activities presented.
Project meetings and workshops
3 annual project meetings and 2 workshops are scheduled, during the 36 months of the project.
Other internal communication methods
In addition to the intranet and the scheduled project meetings, all partners will communicate with each other using the daily communication instruments, via email and telephone.