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New International Forum for Heavy Metal Research

Workshop on spectroscopic techniques for actinides research in Dresden, Germany, from Nov. 5 - 7, 2012

Helmholtz Association

Research on radioactive heavy metals in environmental systems considers diverse tasks, e.g. restoration measures for contaminated industrial fallow grounds, the safe storage of chemical-toxic and radioactive waste, carbon dioxide sequestration to reduce green-house gas emissions as well as the construction and operation of deep geothermal power plants. The research activities are based, on the one hand, on experimental investigations; on the other hand, theoretical modelling is of great interest.

According to Katharina Müller from the Institute of Resource Ecology at HZDR, there has not been much overlap so far between theory and experiments in this field, although they often give complementary information and, hence, they can contribute to a better understanding of the behaviour of heavy metals in the environment. Together with Robin Steudtner and Satoru Tsushima, she is organizing the new workshop, which hopefully will bundle and strengthen the respective research activities and act as a nucleus for an international network.

The first international workshop "Advanced Techniques in Actinide Spectroscopy" (ATAS) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf will take place from November 5 to 7, 2012. The organizers are expecting about 75 scientists from Europe, the US, Australia, Japan and China. They are satisfied with the interest in the kick-off workshop: "It seems that we hit a nerve for more intense scientific cooperation in this area".

The workshop consists of seven sessions with oral and poster presentations by international scientists. Furthermore, guided tours to the radiochemical labs and other research facilities at HZDR are offered to the participants. The workshop is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European research network "Actinet i3", the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and by partners from industry.


Further information

Dr. Katharina Müller
Institute of Resource Ecology
Phone +49 351 260-2438 |

Media contact

Dr. Christine Bohnet
Press officer
Phone +49 351 260-2450 |

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
Bautzner Landstr. 400 | 01328 Dresden, Germany

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) conducts research in the fields of matter, health and energy. The following issues provide the main focus here:

  • How does matter behave in strong fields and at small-scale dimensions?
  • How can malignant tumors be identified at an early stage and treated effectively?
  • How can resources and energy be used safely and efficiently?

To answer these scientific questions, five large-scale research facilities provide, in part, unique research opportunities. These facilities are also accessible to external users.

The HZDR has been a member of the Helmholtz Association (the largest scientific organization in Germany) since January 2011. It has four locations in Dresden, Leipzig, Freiberg and Grenoble, and employs around 900 people - approx. 430 of these being scientists and doctoral candidates.

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