Government marine and freshwater science agency Cefas joins the South West Nuclear Hub as its latest Applied Research member.
Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) is an executive agency of Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs). Headquartered in Lowestoft, Suffolk, Cefas also have a laboratory and office base in the South West in Weymouth.
Cefas have extensive experience in environmental radiological assessment, successfully providing dose assessment capability, consultancy, research and development, training and modelling products to government and others.
Their services range from the initial design and implementation of complex sampling and analytical programmes to the final interpretation of derived dose assessments. Cefas scientists work and collaborate across the world to provide impartial research and advice to address the challenges and harness the opportunities relating to the marine and freshwater environment.
Their science helps ensure thriving marine economies, sustainable fisheries and food safety, protects marine biodiversity, and addresses serious global threats.
As an Applied Research member CEFAS will bring significant expertise to support some of the Hub’s key research themes such as Nuclear Hazards and Risk, and Waste and Fuel Management.
Franck Dal Molin, Principal Radiological Protection Scientist at Cefas, said:
"Cefas are enthusiastic to be a part of this consortium, and I hope that our expertise in environmental radiological assessment and radiochemistry will be of benefit to the Hub”.
Professor David Richards, Nuclear Hazards and Risk co-theme lead at the University of Bristol, added:
“This is an exciting development for the Hub. We look forward to drawing upon the great expertise and laboratory facilities at Cefas and working together on matters related to nuclear legacy, decommissioning, and novel radioanalytical technique development.
Among our first initiatives will be the development of new protocols for the assessment and characterisation of radionuclides in coastal sediments at ultra-trace levels.”
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is the UK Government’s marine and freshwater science experts. We help keep our seas, oceans and rivers healthy and productive, our seafood safe and sustainable and tackle the serious global problems of climate change, marine litter, over-fishing and pollution. We work in partnership with colleagues in Defra (the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), across the wider UK government and with international governments, business, maritime and fishing industries non-governmental organisations, research institutes, universities, civil society and schools to collate and share knowledge.
Find out more: www.cefas.co.uk/
South West Nuclear Hub Applied Research Membership
The South West Nuclear Hub has three main tiers of membership, tailored to the type and size of your organisation. We deliver a whole host of specific benefits that will bolster proposals and contribute to future research wins. These benefits are shaped around our strategic pillars: Research, Innovation, People and Engagement.
Applied Research membership is aimed at companies and institutions with an interest in nuclear energy development, deployment and support throughout the lifecycle, including the supporting supply chains.