The University of Bristol recently hosted another high-profile conference, building on the success of the NIA International Group Meeting in July. The topic of security was on the agenda as the Nuclear Institute assembled around 90 civil and defence professionals to discuss the key themes of innovation and integration.
There was also a small exhibition with companies including Cavendish Nuclear, Gravicus, Nuvia and Nuclear Security Assurance Model.
This event is part of a season of nuclear conferences taking place in Bristol over the autumn, which includes the upcoming Nuclear South West/South West Nuclear Hub Annual Conference and the Colston Research Society Symposium.
Following the opening proceedings, Hub Co-Director Professor Tom Scott introduced some examples of academic innovation, such as the "dragon egg" sensor pods xthat have been place don an active volcano, and the significant ongoing research in Fukushima.
Diverse Topics Covered in Panel Sessions
The conference then continued, structured around panel sessions chaired by senior industry figures. There was a wide range of topics covered, going from orthodox physical security matters, cyber security to innovation in Personnel Security, focusing on individual workers.
Just finished chairing session "Purpose driven metrics to optimise assurance" @NuclearInst 2018 Nuclear Security Conference @BristolUni #NISecurityConference18. Many thanks panellist - Mark Popplewell (NRI), Will Ollerhead (ETC) & Bill McGlennon (Sellafield). Excellent discourse pic.twitter.com/XvP47TCKhU
— Jas Sidhu (@JasJsidhu) September 13, 2018
Enjoyed chairing a session on personnel at our Nuclear Security event today. How do you think different generations impact on security? @NuclearInst
— Sarah Beacock (@sarah_beacock) September 13, 2018
This conference brought together perspectives from both the civil and defence nuclear sectors, allowing best practices to be shared and integrated, in keeping with the conference themes of innovation and integration.