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IOP Women in Physics webinar series

Hosted by the IOP’s Women in Physics (WiPG) and Nuclear Industry Groups (NIG) and with support from the Physics Communicators Group (PCG), the Institute of Physics will host five lunchtime webinars on 20th – 24th July 2020, 1 – 2pm.

The opportunities for women and men to develop and sustain physics themed careers in the Nuclear industry are large, encompassing the multiple physics and stem roles from energy production, optimal fuel cell design, reprocessing and waste to materials research using high energy electron beam of the Diamond light source. This industry is a major employer of STEM professionals across the UK and Ireland, and there are opportunities for sustained and flexible careers that embrace a diverse and inclusive work environment.


Click here to register: https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/1543/home


Each day has a theme speaker (up to 30 minutes) on career pathway’s, skills and inclusivity with contributions:

Mon 20th : Powering the low-carbon future

Jennifer Liley, Project Engineer, EDF-Energy

(Host: Dr John T Bruun, Chair PCG, WiPG & Research Fellow at Uni. of Exeter)

Tues 21nd : Fan the fire

Sam King, Head of Technical Strategy, RWM Ltd

(Host: Lucy Bailey, Head of Research Support Office, RWM Ltd & NIG)

Wed 22nd: Our Sellafield legacy – the original Northern powerhouse

Dr Rebecca Weston, Chief Operating Officer, Sellafield Ltd

(Host: Dawn Watson, Head of Strategy & Technical, Analytical Services, Sellafield Ltd, & WiPG/NIG)

Thur 23rd : Diversity in a National Laboratory

Lindsay Edmiston, Head of Capability, Waste Management and decommissioning; National Nuclear Laboratory

(Host: Heather Beaumont, Head of Profession for Physics, Waste and Environment, Jacobs & Chair NIG)

 Fri 24th : Diversity in defence

Dr Lauren Hobbs, Physics Operations at AWE.

(Host: Heather Beaumont, Head of Profession for Physics, Waste and Environment, Jacobs & Chair NIG)

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Materials for the Energy Transition Roadmap Webinar

The Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials will be hosting the Materials for the Energy Transition Roadmap Webinar on 15th June 2020 in collaboration with the Institute of Physics (IOP).

The UK has become the first major economy in the world to pass a net-zero emissions law, setting an ambitious target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 (as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2019 Report). The development and adoption of more energy-efficient materials is an important enabler for the UK to achieve this goal.


Register via the Institute of Physics website. The programme of the event is also available on this website.

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IOP Nuclear Industry Group Webinar Series: Micropower from Gamma Fields

This presentation will focus on recent results in the development of a diamond gamma-voltaic: a device that generates power from ambient gamma fields. Gammavoltaics is a nascent field and this work represents the first steps towards the concept becoming a reality.


Robbie Mackenzie is a PhD student at University of Bristol. He completed his MSci in Physics  in 2016, spending some time as an engineer in the semiconductor industry before returning to start his PhD under Professor Tom Scott in late 2017.


Please register for this talk via the Institute of Physics website.

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Institute of Physics Nuclear Industry Group Webinar Series

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IOP Nuclear Industry Group webinar: Diamond Batteries

This Presentation will focus on the most recent developments in Bristol University’s effort in developing diamond beta-voltaic devices for a variety of applications.


Tom Wallace-Smith is currently a PhD student at Bristol in the Interface Analysis Centre. He completed an MPhys in Physics at Bath University in 2018 including one year at Rolls-Royce submarines as a reactor Physicist. He now works under Professor Tom Scott in developing diamond beta-voltaic batteries from repurposed materials.


Please register for this talk via the Institute of Physics website.

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Institute of Physics Nuclear Industry Group Webinar Series

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Further talks in this series will be held on:

  • Tuesday 2nd June, 13:00 – Robbie Mackenzie, University of Bristol (Gamma Voltaics)
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Geological disposal – the solution for the UK’s radioactive waste

You are invited to join the Institute of Physics Nuclear Industry Group and Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) at the stunning Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The evening will start at 5:30pm with a talk by Andrew Parkes, geologist and Head of Site Characterisation at RWM, with opportunities for questions. This talk will discuss how the UK plans to manage and dispose its higher activity radioactive waste covering everything from the challenge of the waste itself, through to the scientific basis for geological disposal and how RWM will work in partnership with interested communities to find a suitable site. The talk will delve into how geophysical techniques will help us understand the geology of potential sites for the facility and also the role that ancient artefacts have in building our confidence in the geological disposal approach.

The presentation will be followed by a drinks and a buffet supper at 7pm-8pm, served in the Ashmolean Main Atrium – a fitting backdrop of archaeological evidence for the longevity of materials and messages. You will also have the opportunity to explore other galleries within the museum which will remain open to us for a private viewing until 8:30pm.


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Technologies for Fusion Energy

The UK Government has committed £220m funding for the design of a fusion power station, putting the UK at the forefront of developing nuclear fusion as a viable energy source.

Potentially a clean and abundant source of low carbon energy, fusion presents some unique challenges.

This event will explore some of these challenges and the technologies that are being developed to support the coming nuclear fusion industry.

Technologies for Fusion Energy

Introduction: The Global Fusion Challenge – Alexandra Davies, UKAEA

Gain an understanding of the UK fusion programme in the context of the global push for fusion energy.

Talk 1: Designing Materials that Withstand Fusion – Jason Hess, UKAEA

The materials that a fusion power plant will be composed of have very interesting requirements. For example, the components that face the 150 million degree plasma must endure its heat and hitherto unknown radiation loads. Jason will explore why designing these ‘plasma facing components’ is so challenging.

Talk 2: Maintaining the Reactor: Robotics and Remote Handling – Iain Farquhar, UKAEA

After an operational history of over twenty years carrying out remote maintenance of JET, the UKAEA is facing a series of challenges to maintain its current capabilities, as well as multiple opportunities to share its unrivalled expertise with both domestic and international partners. Iain will describe some of these challenges and how they are informing upcoming upgrade and maintenance campaigns, and the development of new remote handling technologies.

Talk 3: Technologies for Tritium – Zoltán Köllő, UKAEA

Tritium handling in a fusion power plant poses significant challenges. Large amounts of tritium and tritiated materials have to be transferred and processed continuously and efficiently. Technologies from breeding tritium, through separating tritiated gases, to gaining back tritium from tritiated water have to be advanced. These involve significant amount of research on properties of materials in contact with tritium, changing known processes and developing new ones. The interaction of tritium with components will influence the design of most reactor elements.

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Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Building, University of Bristol


  • 18:00 – coffee and refreshments
  • 18:30 – Talks start
  • 20:00 – close


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NuFor Nuclear Forensics Conference

Nuclear Forensics (NuFor) is a new 2-day technical conference being held in July 2019. The conference will bring together expertise and influencers from across academia, industry and government to explore challenges, share developments and promote successes in the field of nuclear forensics.


The registration fee includes refreshments and lunch, the social programme and all event material.

Before or on 29 May 2019 From 30 May 2019
 IOP Member/Co-sponsor £170 £220
 Associate Member (undergraduate student, trainee or apprentice) £90 £140
 IOP Non Member £295 £345
 Undergraduate student non member £115 £165

Early registration deadline: 29 May 2019

Registration deadline: 28 June 2019

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This event is being organised by the IOP Materials and Characterisation Group.


  • Analytical Techniques:
    Method and capability development, new techniques, sub-sampling and sample preparation, comparative analysis
  • Data Analysis and Statistics:
    Data analysis, treatment of uncertainties, software/tool/capability development, assessment methodologies/decision science
  • Environmental Science:
    Environmental sampling, geolocation, in-situ analysis
  • Materials and Processing:
    Chemical impurities & speciation, physical properties of materials, material ageing effects (empirical), process development/optimisation, effects of process parameters on product, process & flowsheet modelling
  • Modelling and Simulation:
    Spent Fuel/Reactor modelling, enrichment modelling, material ageing effects (simulation)
  • Radiochemistry:
    Radiological Analysis, analytical radiochemistry, age dating, radioisotope fingerprinting

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Bristol Master’s programme offers fast-track to nuclear industry

The University of Bristol’s MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering Programme has been featured in an article in the Insitute of Physics’s magazine, Physics World. Three recent graduates of the programme speak about their highlights of their studies, with the stand-out feature being the collaboration it enables across disciplines and with external organisations in the nuclear industry. […]

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Nuclear Seminar Series: Nuclear Education & Skills Capability

Nuclear Education & Skills Capability: The role of international collaboration

Wednesday 14th March 6.30pm

  • Speaker: Jim Gulliford, Head of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Data Bank
  • Lecture title: Nuclear Education & Skills Capability - The role of international collaboration
  • Location: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Building, Bristol, BS8 1TR
  • Refreshments will be provided from 5.45pm
  • All welcome

Register on Eventbrite: https://nuclear-seminar-nuclear-education-skills.eventbrite.co.uk



It is certain that regardless of a country’s nuclear power policy, there is a need to preserve scientific and engineering expertise in the nuclear field. However there has been declining student enrolment in nuclear science and engineering programmes, as well expertise being lost through retirement and inactivity.

Undoubtedly, besides theoretical knowledge on existing technologies and regulations, there is immense value in passing-on practical skills and know-how to younger generations. This can best be achieved by engaging them in challenging activities such as domestic and multinational research and advanced technology development projects.

In this talk Jim Gulliford will outline the Nuclear Energy Agency’s activities and how it is tackling these challenges, through international initiatives like the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework.

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If you unable to attend in person the lecture will be filmed and livestreamed on our YouTube channel:

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