Colston Research Society Symposium 2018

Nuclear energy: cornerstone of a low-carbon future? 

Wednesday 24th - Thursday 25th October

The UK is at a turning-point in its use of nuclear power. We are witnessing the nation’s first nuclear new-build in over 25 years. The Government is committed to ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The UK is in the process of withdrawing from both the EU and Euratom. This is set against a backdrop of worldwide strategic refocusing of nuclear research effort towards Generation IV reactor technology.

As part of the prestigious Colston Research Society (CRS) series, this symposium will bring together experts from industry and academia to examine the future of nuclear energy generation in the UK. It will cover reactor technology for UK civil applications, nuclear R&D capability and current plans for new build and decommissioning.


The two day symposium will be held at the impressive setting of the We the Curious Science museum in the city centre.

Outline Agenda

This is an indicative agenda and subject to change.

Download a PDF of the programme here: Colston Symposium Programme

Wednesday 24th October

Session Session Title Speaker
Intro Introductions •Colston Research Society

•South West Nuclear Hub

1 UK Energy Policy • Tim Yeo - New Nuclear Watch


2 Nuclear Energy in a Balanced Energy Mix • Professor Feargal Brennan, University of Strathclyde

• Kirsty Gogan, Energy for Humanity

• Neil Hurst, Imperial College London

3 Safety Aspects of Nuclear Energy • Tanya MacLeod, Office for Nuclear Regulation
4 Fusion and Next Generation Fission • Professor Andrew Sherry, National Nuclear Laboratory

• Dr Mike Gorley, UKAEA

• Dr Martin Goodfellow, Rolls Royce

Thursday 25th October

Session Session Title Speaker
1 Future UK Research Landscape and Needs • Mike Tynan, NIRAB

• Professor James Marrow, University of Oxford

•  EDF Energy - TBC

2 Existing and Future Generation Capacity • Kumiaki Moriya, Hitachi-GE

• Dr Jean Dhers, Framatome - TBC

• Dr Ionel Nistor/Xavier Mamo, EDF Energy - TBC

3 Public Perception of Nuclear Energy •Professor Wouter Poortinga, Cardiff University
4 South West Nuclear Hub Research Showcase • National Centre for Nuclear Robotics

• Systems Centre, University of Bristol

• High Temperature Centre

Ticket Information

1. Early bird registration (available until 24th September)- £220.00

2. Standard registration - £270.00

3. Student registration - £190.00

4. South West Nuclear Hub Member - £190.00

Register here

Public Lecture - The Past, Present and Future of the UK Nuclear Industry

On the evening of Wednesday 24th October a public lecture will be held in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. This keynote speech will be given by Lord Hutton of Furness, Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association.

Opening welcome from Dr Ros Kennedy, President of CRS and the vote of thanks from Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady.

Approximate timings are 6.30-8pm.


Talk Synopsis

How did the UK’s nuclear energy industry develop? What challenges and opportunities does it face in today’s world of rapid technological change and environmental threat? How will Brexit and withdrawal from the Euratom Treaty affect the UK nuclear sector?

Lord Hutton is one of the country’s most prominent experts on nuclear energy policy. As co-chairman of the Nuclear Industry Council, he has played a key role in developing the new Nuclear Sector Deal which will define the future strategic relationship between the UK Government and nuclear businesses.

In this talk he will take a broad view of the nuclear industry and its role in our energy mix, and give his own insights into the future of nuclear technology in the UK.


Lord Hutton was appointed Chair of the Nuclear Industry Council in 2013. He was invited by the coalition government to Chair a Commission on public service pensions, with its final report being published in 2011.

Ticket Information

Register for free tickets on Eventbrite

Public Lecture Registration



Colston Research Society

The Colston Research Society is a body made up of academic and external members who are committed to sponsoring and supporting an annual academic symposium. In 2018 the theme of the Symposium will be Nuclear Energy, led by the University of Bristol's Faculty of Engineering.

Travel and accommodation

Information on how to find the symposium venue and where to stay nearby can be found on the links below.

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