Sixth International Conference on Geological Repositories (ICGR-6): Advancing Geological Repositories from Concept to Operation


Irina Gaus


Head of Research & Development

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Head of Research & Development


Dr Irina Gaus is Head of Research and Development at Nagra, the Swiss implementer for the disposal of radioactive waste. She joined Nagra at the Department of International Services and Projects in 2007, where she was leading large-scale experiments and many consultancy projects in Europe and overseas. Prior to joining Nagra, Ms Gaus worked for 5 years with the French Geological Survey (BRGM) focusing on carbon storage and aquifer storage. She started her career in 1999 at the British Geological Survey as a hydrogeologist. She obtained her PhD in hydrogeology at the University of Ghent (Belgium). The technical expertise of Ms Gaus covers environmental applications of the shallow and deep subsurface (radioactive waste disposal, thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical impacts, carbon storage, groundwater management, safety case development, RD&D programme management). Since 2019, Ms Gaus is the Chair of the Implementing Geological Disposal of radioactive waste Technology Platform (, which represents the RD&D interests of radioactive waste management organizations in Europe.

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