7th International Conference on Geological Repositories - Empowering Progress in Development of Deep Geological Repositories


Piet Zuidema

EURAD (European Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Management

Scientific Officer


Piet Zuidema has a degree in civil and environmental engineering and a PhD from ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Piet worked for more than 30 years at Nagra, the Swiss National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste. For about 20 years he was director ‘Science & Technology’ being responsible for the RD+D programme, maintaining the inventory of radioactive wastes, the design of repositories, the geoscience programme (including field work), safety analyses for the operational and post-closure phase and the periodic updates of cost estimates of the disposal programme. He was in charge of several major projects within the Swiss disposal programme, including Nagra’s scientific-technical work within the 1st and 2nd phase of the Swiss site selection process. He was member of several committees of international organisations. He participated in several expert advisory groups and committees in other waste management programmes in different countries. By the end of 2017, Piet retired from Nagra. Since then, he has his own advisory company and acts as independent advisor to several national programmes, international organisations and companies, including Nagra. He currently is also the Chief Scientific Officer for EURAD, the European Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Management