Dear DESD Members,

The DESD sessions at upcoming ANS Meetings are described below. The sessions and speaker’s for the Winter Meeting have been set. However we are looking for people willing to participate in our sessions at the DESD/RRSD 2021 meeting. Dates and locations are provided below. If you are interested in participating please contact Jim Byrne at

The sessions for the 2020 Virtual Winter Meeting, to be held November 16–19, 2020 are:

  • Economics of Low-Carbon Energy and Role of Nuclear Power, Monday 1:00 -3:10 PM
  • Grid Modelling Considerations for Nuclear Energy, Tuesday 12:00 – 2:10 PM
  • Building Up Decommissioning Staff Credentials for Future
    Decommissioning Projects, Tuesday 4:50 – 6:30 PM
  • Innovative Characterization Techniques in Support of
    Decommissioning, Wednesday 2:40 – 4:20 PM
  • General Topics in Decommissioning, Wednesday 4:50 – 6:30 PM
  • Community Advisory Panels, Thursday 10:00 – 11:45 AM

The topics for the DESD/RRSD 2021 meeting, to be held October 31 – November 4, 2021 are


  • Robotics & Remote Systems for Surveillance in Hazardous Environments – tanks, H-canyon, contamination monitoring etc.
  • Nuclear materials handling – radiography, conveyance, glovebox robotics
  • Nuclear Plant Maintenance and Operations
  • Robotics & Remote Systems for Nuclear Waste and Spent Fuel Handling
  • Robotics & Remote Systems in Commercial Power – SMR refueling, spent fuel management, Dry cask storage monitoring (some overlap with surveillance)
  • Radiation Damage and Hardening

Cross Over Sessions [DESD/RRSD]:

  • Robotics & Remote Systems for Decommissioning and Waste Disposal
  • Robotics & Remote Systems for Environmental Remediation and Monitoring

International Panel:

  • International Panel on the Use of Robotics & Remote Systems for Nuclear Decommissioning (France, UK, US, S. Korea, others?)

Special Topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence in Robotics & Remote Systems
  • Telerobotics
  • Robotics Operating System (ROS)
  • Nuclear Emergency Response



  • Emerging (Non-Radiological) Compounds
  • Sampling Methods/Techniques
  • Groundwater Modeling and Investigations
  • Integrating Site Closure (non-Rad) and License Termination (rad) during Decommissioning
  • Energy-Water Nexus: Nuclear Technology’s Potential to Provide Clean Water with Clean Energy
  • The Path Towards a Low-Carbon Sustainable Energy Supply System
  • Nuclear Innovation Clean Energy Future: Progress on Key Activities for Advancing Policy and Technology
  • Meeting Targets for Reduction of CO2 Emission without Causing Economic Damage
  • Regulatory Framework for The Resumption of Operation for Decommissioning Power Reactors

Decommissioning (Planning, Execution & Lessons Learned)

  • International Decommissioning
  • US Decommissioning (both DOE and Commercial) and
  • Innovative Technologies

As mentioned above please contact Jim Byrne at if you would like to participate in any of these sessions. If you have any suggestions for future sessions please let him know also.

Gerard van Noordennen, Chair
Decommissioning and Environmental Science Division

A group of professionals having fun in the fields of decommissioning and environmental sciences for the nuclear industry.

The mission of the Decommissioning & Environmental Sciences Division (DESD) is to promote the development and use of those skills and technologies associated with the optimal management of decommissioning and environmental sciences and  long-term surveillance and maintenance of nuclear and formerly nuclear installations, materials, facilities, and sites for the betterment of society. The target audience for this effort is the member of the Division, the Society, and the public at large.

Why should you join the DESD Division of the American Nuclear Society?

Are you currently working on, looking for projects in, or simply interested in the nuclear decommissioning industry?

Are you a member of the largest nuclear society in the US and specifically the technical division focusing on the decontamination, decommissioning, and reutilization of sites within the nuclear industry?

Why not?

The American Nuclear Society – Decommissioning & Environmental Sciences (DESD) Division is the organization for you and your colleagues to join! This division has nearly 1000 members who understand what membership in the DESD division brings them. Activities focus solely on the decommissioning technical area. Our members include both domestic and international colleagues working in the nuclear decommissioning areas. We look to exchange the lessons learned and other technical information with numerous projects.

Benefits of ANS & DESD membership include:

  • Opportunities to network with leaders in the nuclear community with strong interest in the decommissioning technical area.
  • Special offer for new members – join the ANS-DESD now and be entered to possibly win a copy of the new recently published reference “Decommissioning Handbook”.
    A semi-annual DESD newsletter providing the status of various decommissioning projects that is available only to DD&R members.
  • Special pricing on publications related to the decommissioning industry.
  • Inside details on planning for the next major Topical Meeting on Decommissioning being planned by the DESD and Remote Systems Divisions for Pittsburgh, PA in August 2016.
  • Recognition awards from peers in the areas of exceptional performance on DESD projects and DESD area lifetime achievement.

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