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1st UK Nuclear Academic Meeting


The 1st UK Nuclear Academic Discussion Meeting was held on

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September 2012

St Anne's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK



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The Aim of the Meeting

We aim to build a sustainable network of researchers who will champion UK academic nuclear science and engineering nationally and internationally. This is to increase the UK's capacity to carry out high impact nuclear energy related research and training.

The meeting, which is organised by the EPSRC Nuclear Champion project, will provide the UK academic nuclear energy community with the opportunity to meet.  Through describing our interests and projects to the community, we will develop new and exciting collaborations.  

Who Should Attend?

The meeting is for everyone eligible to apply for UK Research Council funding who is working in the area of nuclear energy (here interpreted in the broadest sense).  The meeting will also be attended by representatives from the nuclear industry and other stakeholders.  We are very pleased that the meeting will be attended by Prof John Beddington. He is responsible for the forthcoming report to Government regarding future nuclear research recommendations and plans. He regards the output from our meeting with great interest. EPSRC will also attend, which has implications for future funding directions

Structure of the Meeting

Everyone who attends should bring a poster (A1 size preferred) as a vehicle for making other attendees aware of their current interests and capabilities.  Each attendee will be given the opportunity to describe their poster in a short presentation (strict maximum of 2 power point slides). (We have removed the presentations in order to accommodate the larger than expected attendance).  Posters only will be required, presented in the traditional manner (i.e. standing by your poster and discussing).

At the beginning of the meeting there will be a series of presentations detailing current developments and opportunities, including an update from the EPSRC.

Part of the meeting will consist of work within break-out groups that consider more targeted areas.  This will be done as a  SWOT analysis of the following areas:

  • Fuel materials including reprocessing
  • Reactor materials including sensors
  • Reactor operation including life extension
  • Environmental impact and geological disposal
  • Waste management and decommissioning
  • Future systems: fusion/fission, gen IV including fast reactors 

The meeting will end with a round up, during which the break-put groups can report on their deliberations and opportunities they have identified for future activity and future meetings. 

Meeting Registration

Please download and complete the registration form, and send to karen.disney@materials.ox.ac.uk

Registration Form

Meeting Cost

The cost of the meeting is subsidised by the EPSRC Nuclear Champion project; the registration cost (including lunch on both days and dinner on the first day) is £100.  Bed and Breakfast is available in St Anne’s College at a special rate of £76/night for en-suite rooms.  A limited number of Standard rooms with shared facilities are available at £48.  

Payments for registration and accommodation may be made online (please see the registration form for other options)

Online Payment

Getting to Oxford

The bus, coach and railway station are only a short walk or taxi ride away from St Anne's College. Oxford has excellent rail and coach connections with regional airports, including London (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton), Birmingham and Southampton.



Local Contact

Prof. James Marrow

Nuclear Research Centre,
University of Oxford

Department of Materials

Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PH, UK

email: james.marrow@materials.ox.ac.uk

tel: +44 (0) 1865 273938

fax: +44 (0) 1865 273789

mob: +44 (0) 7540 722660  

Meeting Chair

Prof. Robin Grimes

Imperial College

Department of Materials

Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ, UK

email: r.grimes@imperial.ac.uk

tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6730