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 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 indicating session titles and speakers. More speakers and companies will be added in the coming months.

UK Energy Policy

  • Robin Grimes, FCO Chief Scientific Advisor - TBC
  • Nuclear Industry Association
  • World Nuclear Association
Public Perception of Nuclear Energy

  • Professor Wouter Poortinga Cardiff University
Future Generation Capacity

  • Kumiaki Moriya, Hitachi-GE Chief Engineer
  •  Framatome
  •  EDF Energy (Generation)– AGR operation and PLEX
  •  EDF Energy (HPC) – New Nuclear Build
Nuclear Energy in a Balanced Energy Mix

  • Feargal Brennan, University of Strathclyde
Future UK Research Landscape and Needs

  •  Mike Tynan, Chair of the Nuclear Research Advisory Board (NIRAB)
  • James Marrow, University of Oxford
  •  South West Nuclear Hub
  •  EDF Energy
Safety Aspects of Nuclear Energy

  • Office for Nuclear Regulation
Next Generation Fission and Fusion

  •  Andrew Sherry, Chief Science & Technology Officer, National Nuclear Laboratory
  •  Martin Goodfellow, Strategy & Business Development Manager, Rolls Royce
South West Nuclear Hub Research Showcase

  • National Centre for Nuclear Robotics
  • Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol


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

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.

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 will follow in due course.


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.

Travel Accommodation