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Chernobyl – Then and Now – The Geological Society Evening Seminar

Speaker: Dr Ian Crossland, Specialist Consultant in Radioactive Waste Management
Date: 20th November 2018
Venue:The Hub, Aztec West, Bristol.
Time: Refreshments at 6pm for 6:30pm Start

The Western Regional Group is pleased to welcome Ian Crossland who is a materials scientist and self-employed consultant, with knowledge and experience covering most aspects of nuclear power. This year he celebrated 50 years’ work in the nuclear industry. For the past 25 years he has specialised in decommissioning and radioactive waste management with a particular interest in the long-term safety of radioactive waste disposal.

He has been working in Ukraine since 2007, helping to solve the problems of its nuclear liabilities; these include Chernobyl, wastes from still-operating nuclear power plants and disused uranium production facilities. The Chernobyl disaster occurred on the 25th - 26th April 1986 near the now abandoned town of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, then part of the USSR. A combination of events during a late night safety test resulted in a destructive explosion and open air graphite fire causing radioactive material to fall onto parts of western USSR and Europe. The Chernobyl catastrophe is considered to be the most disastrous nuclear accident in history, in terms of both cost and casualties.

This presentation will include a wide ranging and up to date discussion of the Chernobyl catastrophe, including the following:
• the circumstances leading up to the 1986 catastrophe
• the post-accident measures and their impact
• ongoing and future work to make the destroyed reactor safe
• the scientific controversies surrounding the number of deaths attributable to the accident and theimpact of the resulting contamination on the wildlife of the exclusion zone.


Contact: For all enquiries regarding the Western Regional Group and events please contact westernregionalgroup@gmail.com

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Focus on Fukushima in latest Nuclear Seminar Series

Dr Rob Malkin from the University of Bristol presented the latest South West Nuclear Hub Seminar this week which focused on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in 2011, and the subsequent decommissioning recovery challenge that is expected to take 100 years or more. The talk gave a comprehensive view of the events leading up to […]

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Nuclear Seminar Series: The Fukushima Accident- From 2011 to 2111

The South West Nuclear Hub's Seminar Series returns with a talk on the Fukushima accident, and the nuclear research being undertaken at the University of Bristol


Key details

Date: Wednesday 9th May

Time: 6pm

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

Light refreshments from 5.30pm


If you are unable to attend the talk will be streamed live on YouTube here:


In order for us to be able to cater accordingly please register on Eventbrite: https://nuclearseminarseries-fukushima.eventbrite.co.uk

Talk Description

Fukushima has become synonymous with nuclear power gone disastrously wrong. The great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 delivered a double blow to one of Japan’s biggest nuclear power plants. Within the space of a few hours three of Fukushima-Daichi’s reactors were unavoidably headed towards catastrophic meltdown.

The Japanese government, along with many international partners including the University of Bristol, are currently undertaking the world’s largest engineering project: the locating, characterising, removing and storing of highly radioactive fuel debris and contaminated water. Suggested timelines for the safe decommissioning of the site often exceed 100 years.

This talk will cover the events leading up to the accident, the current status of the site and the future roadmap to recovery. Recent findings from robotic investigations of the site will be presented and future missions into highly radioactive areas discussed.

Speaker: Dr Rob Malkin

Dr Malkin, a senior research associate at the University of Bristol, is one the few UK scientists to have visited the site post-accident. He has close working links with many of the organisations tasked with the decommissioning and is regularly updated on progress and challenges by Japanese colleagues.

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Bristol Academic Presents Fukushima Research at IMechE Technical Lecture

Dr Rob Malkin from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol presented at the IMechE Portsmouth & Isle of Wight AGM & Technical Lecture.  The lecture, entitled ‘Britain’s New Nuclear programme – How Green an alternative?’ took place on Wednesday 31st January at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Rob Malkin, Senior Research Associate in […]

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Fukushima Visit Reported in Physics World

Engineering academics from the University of Bristol visited the Fukushima Daiichi site in Japan and their account of their experience has been published in Physics World. Bruce Drinkwater is a Professor of Ultrasonics and Rob Malkin is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. The pair are working on a […]

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