Marcos Buser, born 1949 Geologist and social scientist, has been active in the field of nuclear energy and chemotoxic hazardous waste management for over 40 years. He oversees major waste projects in Switzerland as well as in neighbouring countries, and works closely with universities, research institutes, international institutions, government agencies and private engineering firms. Marcos Buser was or is chairman/member of expert commissions, such as the EKRA expert commission for the Swiss repository concept (1999-2002), the Federal Commission for Nuclear Safety (2008 – 2012) or several expert commissions in the field of industrial landfill remediation. He was president of the monitoring and accompanying commission of the Mont Terri international research laboratory for high-level radioactive waste and is involved in projects in the field of underground storage / disposal of hazardous chemical-toxic wastes in former mines.
Since 2008, Marcos Buser has published several studies on the long-term labelling of repositories and the consequences of toxic waste disposal for future societies. His earlier sociological studies focused on the influence of economic interests on the design of environmental legislation and issues of regulation and enforcement. He is currently working on a synthesis report of organisational structures in the field of radioactive waste management in Switzerland and on various books on nuclear waste management.
André Lambert, born on 11 May 1947, studied geology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich from 1967. As a collaborator of Prof. Ken J. Hsü at the Laboratory of Experimental Geology of the ETH, he coordinated research projects on sedimentation processes in lakes in Switzerland and abroad (Lake Walen, Switzerland; Ohridsko jezero, North Macedonia; Lake Van, Turkey), and as part of his dissertation he was able to hydraulically quantify this subaqueous sediment transport with the first metrological in-situ recordings of near-bottom suspension density currents („turbidity currents“).
In 1977, as a post-doctoral scientist, André Lambert was a crew member of a Cambridge University marine geophysical expedition to the East Mediterranean on the Royal Research Ship „R.R.S. Shackleton“, under the direction of Chief Scientist Prof. Drummond H. Matthews, F.R.S.
From 1978 to 1989 André Lambert worked as a specialist in sediment transport and sedimentation processes at the Laboratory of Hydraulics (VAW) of the ETH Zurich (Director: Prof. Daniel Vischer). The focus was on practice-related research projects and specific expertise, also abroad (Iceland: Sigalda river power plant; Burundi: water catchments in Lake Tanganyika). Domestically, he devoted himself primarily to the quantitative estimation of fluviatile erosion in the catchment areas of mountain rivers: Repeated bathymetric surveys of delta debris cones in lakes and impoundments allowed time- and discharge-dependent volume increases of sediment inputs to be determined, which enabled a quantitative determination of specific erosion rates in the respective catchments.
From 1989 until his retirement in 2012, André Lambert worked as geoscientific coordinator and head of department at the National Co-operative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra, Switzerland). As Main Project Manager „Sediment Studies“, he was involved in the development of the exploration concept for the „Opalinus Clay“ project, together with the then Chief Geologist Marc Thury, later founder of the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory (Canton Jura). As head of the „Main Opalinus Clay Project“ and as co-author and review coordinator of the „Geosynthesis“, he was significantly involved in the elaboration of the „Entsorgungsnachweis 2002 Project“.
Walter Wildi, born on 17 August 1948, studied geology at the ETH in Zurich. He earned his spurs in applied geology while still a student, when from 1970-1971 he carried out geological mapping and gallery surveys on behalf of the geological consulting firm Dr. H. Jäckli (Höngg) as part of the initial investigations for the search of a site for the storage of low-level radioactive waste in the Tafeljura region of Aargau. After completing his dissertation, working and study visits to Morocco, the Université de Paris Jussieu and research positions at the ETH Zurich and the University of Fribourg, he was elected full professor in geology at the University of Geneva. Walter Wildi held this position from 1986 until his retirement in 2013, teaching namely topics in environmental geology, geomorphology, glacial geology, waste disposal, contaminated sites, limnogeology, interdisciplinary environmental microbiology (geological aspects). During this time he also held numerous public functions, notably in the service of the Swiss government, and chaired the Swiss Geological Commission, the Federal Geological Commission, the expert group „Disposal Concepts for Radioactive Waste“, the Cantonal Expert Group Wellenberg and the Federal Commission for the Safety of Nuclear Installations (KSA).Full CV and publications: https://www.unige.ch/forel/GpGeoEcotox/EquipeGeoEcotox/WalterWildi.html