THE SITEX SERIOUS GAME “PEP” PLAYED IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ONGOING FRENCH PUBLIC DEBATE
The serious game named PEP (Pathway Evaluation Process) dealing with various situations of high level radioactive waste management developed within SITEX has been implemented in the frame of the French Public Debate on the National Plan of management of radioactive materials and waste (PNGMDR).
On Saturday May 25th, 40 students from various French universities or engineering schools, selected by the Commission organizing the Public Debate, have participated to the PEP-High Level Radioactive Waste, as well as to the PEP-Very Low Level Radioactive Waste set up by Mutadis and IRSN. Mutadis operated the session, with technical support of other French speaking SITEX.Network members.
This gave the opportunity for these students to explore several management routes through dedicated game boards, to challenge the pros and the cons of each strategy by playing cards “disturbing event” and “evaluation criteria” on the board.
The feedback from the students was very positive. For example, Marie Belluga, studying engineering and management of health and environment hazards and working at the Higher School of public health in Rennes says: “I knew practically nothing about nuclear energy. This exercise allowed me to quickly identify the problem and gave me information to feed my reflection and to debate. Now I have an informed advice on the issue of geological disposal of radioactive waste”.
The French Public Debate on radioactive waste management can be followed on the website: https://pngmdr.debatpublic.fr