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Postdocs in Nuclear Energy (PiNE) Meeting

The PINE meeting offers a great opportunity for post-doctoral or equivalent level researchers to share and discuss their scientific work, facilitate collaborative endeavours, and learn what else is ongoing in the nuclear research community.

A range of speakers from the nuclear energy sector will give presentations offering career advice and insights into the future of nuclear energy research in the UK.

Attendees are invited to submit an abstract for presenting at PINE2020. The deadline for abstract submission is 20.09.2020.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Please e-mail the registration form to pine2020@bangor.ac.uk including the optional abstract if you would like to present at PINE. Please limit the abstract to a maximum of 500 words. Registration is free.

PINE2020 is organized by Nuclear Futures Bangor.

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Lord Hutton Gives Colston Research Society Annual Lecture

The nuclear industry’s prospects are the brightest for a generation, according to Lord Hutton, one of the country’s most prominent experts on nuclear energy policy.  Lord Hutton gave a public lecture at the University of Bristol as part of the annual Colston Research Society events, where he gave a broad view of the nuclear industry and its […]

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South West Nuclear Hub celebrates research and skills growth on two year anniversary

The South West Nuclear Hub has recently celebrated the second anniversary of its doors opening and colleagues gathered in the David Smith Building to reflect on the success in addressing nuclear skills, research and innovation challenges so far. Download a copy of the infographic here Building on the success of the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre […]

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EDF and University of Bristol sign international framework agreement for nuclear Research, Education and Innovation

On the 26th and 27th April 2018, a delegation from the University of Bristol, led by Dr Erik Lithander, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), travelled to the EDF France’s research laboratories in Saclay near Paris. A framework agreement was signed on the day by Dr Lithander and Jacques Sacreste, EDF R&D’s Vice-President for International and Partnerships, and later […]

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Guest Lecture: Materials for Gen IV Nuclear Fission

Key Details

Date: 28th February

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: Mott Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Laboratory

This lecture forms part of the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering and is open to all.

Lecture Details

In the general context of increasing world energy demands and climate change, there is increasing pressure to develop sustainable energy technologies.  Nuclear energy can contribute to this, but although light water reactor (LWR) nuclear fission is broadly considered a low-carbon energy technology, there is a need to develop breakthrough technologies now in order to prepare for the longer-term future of nuclear power.

In particular, fast neutron reactors with closed fuel cycles, of which there are several design concepts, offer the potential to reduce the levels of high level waste and also contribute to the more efficient use of uranium resources, which may be put under pressure by an expansion of the LWR fleet.  Certain fast reactor concepts also have process heat applications, which may support economical hydrogen or synthetic hydrocarbon fuel production and there are also innovative systems such as the thorium fuelled molten salt and accelerator driven reactors (for transmutation of waste).

This broad class of next generation nuclear fission plant concepts are generally referred to as “Generation IV” systems or concepts. The foreseen operating conditions of the Generation IV concepts will place significant demands on their structural materials.  These demands are far more stringent than those for existing nuclear plant, and there will be a requirement for design lives in excess of 60 years.  The talk will focus on some of the key challenges in the forerunner designs.


This lecture will be given by James Marrow, the James Martin Professor of Energy Materials at the University of Oxford. Professor Marrow is a member of the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre.

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How to Tackle Cyber Security Challenges in the Nuclear Industry

An Expert Panel from academia, government and industry will consider the cyber challenges facing the civil and military nuclear sectors


Date: Wednesday 7th February

Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Building, University Walk

Light refreshments will be served from 1730, with the panel beginning at 1800

The event will be followed by a wine & networking reception


UK PONI members: https://rusi.org/event/uk-poni-how-tackle-cyber-security-challenges-nuclear-industry

Non-UK PONI members: https://nuclearcybersecurity.eventbrite.co.uk

The South West Nuclear Hub is hosting this UK PONI event that will consider the cyber challenges faced by the civil and military nuclear sectors.


The UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) 2016-2021 highlighted the potential risks that advanced state cyber programmes could pose to the UK’s critical national infrastructure, and the decreasing rarity of the use of offensive cyber tools for disruption and destruction. At the same time, the UK’s future energy security depends on a revitalised nuclear sector with significant involvement from China, a state widely assessed to be pursuing exactly those capabilities about which the NCSS is concerned.

Taken together with the increased public attention that will likely be paid to the safety, security and reliability of nuclear weapons later in this parliament, as the UK makes its decision on a future nuclear warhead, this motivates a reality check on the threat picture and the different sectoral responses to it.

UK PONI and the South West Nuclear Hub at the University of Bristol will co-host an evening panel on this subject, drawing on speakers from academia, government and industry to outline the reality and future of the threat, and what the UK is – and should be – doing about it.


  • Dr Kris Stoddart - Aberystwyth University
  • Lewis Vince - MASS
  • Ewan Lawson - Royal United Services Institute

Other speakers will be added when confirmed


  • Introduction from the South West Nuclear Hub
  • Ewan Lawson - state threat capabilities
  • Lewis Vince - cyber risks from a practitioner perspective
  • Kris Stoddart - issues and responses for military nuclear complexes
  • Q&A

UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI)



The UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) is a cross-generational network of over 1000 active members, run by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) which encourages young scholars and professionals to engage with established experts on contemporary nuclear issues, and aims to foster the next generation of nuclear experts. Each year, UK PONI invites emerging experts to present their research and ideas to established members of the UK nuclear community at its Annual Conference, and convenes a bilateral conference together with US counterparts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Throughout the year UK PONI hosts a series of evening seminars across the UK addressing a range of civil and military nuclear issues.  It also runs a blog, Nuclear Reactions, which serves as a platform for our members to comment on current civil and military nuclear issues, share insights from their research, and put forward their own arguments.

The membership of UK PONI is drawn from government, the military, academia and industry; it is free of charge and open to anyone interested in, working on, or studying issues related to nuclear weapons or nuclear energy. For more information please visit the project website.


Venue Information


The following link gives information and maps on how to get to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/maps/directions/ 

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New Nuclear Energy Research Projects at the University of Bristol

February 2018: New Research Projects Starting Soon in the Solid Mechanics Research Group The University of Bristol Solid Mechanics Research Group (SMRG) will soon begin work on two major nuclear energy research projects: MAINTAiN, Multi-scAle INTegrity assessment for Advanced high-temperature Nuclear systems, funded by EPSRC. SMRG will lead this project, working with Universities of Oxford, […]

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IMechE Portsmouth Technical Lecture: Britain’s New Nuclear programme

IMechE Portsmouth & Isle of Wight AGM & Technical Lecture: Britain's New Nuclear programme - How Green an alternative?


This is an externally-hosted event by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Portsmouth and Isle of Wight branch.

  • Venue: University of Portsmouth, Portland Building Room 0.41
  • Time: 6-8.30pm
  • Date: 31st January


Speakers from the University of Bristol


Jamie Townes, Industry Engagement Manager at the South West Nuclear Hub, will general overview of nuclear in the UK, how we got here and where we might be going.

Dr Rob Malkin, Senior Research Associate in Non-destructive Defect Characterisation, has been working on using acoustics and robots to investigate the internal conditions of the 3 nuclear reactors which suffered a meltdown in Fukushima in 2011.  His talk will cover the background to the accident, the evolution of the meltdown and the current situation in Fukushima and Japan’s relationship with nuclear power.

Venue Information

Light refreshments will be served on the evening.

Please find a link to the University of Portsmouth Campus Map to assist in locating the Portland Building.  Please note that there is a public carpark beside the Portland building, and others beside the Dennis Sciama Building and Milldam behind the Registry Office (£2 charge) or free on-street parking on Burnaby Street (short walk away).

Even though is a free to attend event, please book tickets here on Near You:


Any queries please contact Jason Crouch: PortIOWChair@imechenearyou.org

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Diamonds are Forever – Nuclear Seminar Series






Diamonds are Forever - Nuclear Seminar Series


Key details

Date: Wednesday 15th November

Time: 18:30

Location: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s School of Engineering, University of Bristol, BS8 1TR


Speaker: Professor Tom Scott     



Could your phone battery last 5730 years?

A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have developed a new technology that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered diamond battery. The development could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life.

In this talk organised by the South West Nuclear Hub in conjunction with the  Nuclear Institute, Professor Tom Scott will explain how the diamond battery technology has been developed and explore some of its potential applications.

Read more from the original press release here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2016/november/diamond-power.html

Refreshments will be provided from 18:00.

Attendance is free but please register on the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nuclear-seminar-series-diamonds-are-forever-tickets-38233569636 

Event poster: 2017 11 15_NI_Diamond Batteries

If you cannot attend the lecture in person it will be livestreamed on the Hub website.

Details of how to get to the University can be found here. 

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Hub Co-hosts Nuclear South West Conference 2017

  The Nuclear South West annual conference took place on the 20th and 21st September 2017 at the Royal Marriott Hotel on College Green. This was jointly hosted by the South West Nuclear Hub and brought together large and small businesses from the region and beyond. The conference had an international theme this year and […]

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