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IET conference: Nuclear engineering for safety, control and security

Fully supported by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), Nuclear Engineering for safety, control and security provides invaluable solutions to the sector’s challenges.

2021’s event includes updates on Advanced Nuclear Technologies and Hinkley Point C as well as providing practical advice on cybersecurity, digital transformation, human factors and more.

This technical conference will benefit engineers, managers and safety specialists as well as students and those looking to move into the Nuclear industry.

Join us online to benefit from a high-level view on Advanced Nuclear Technologies alongside detail that you can apply to your own workplace.


The conference will be split over two half -days:

Wednesday 24th March - 9:00-12:10

Thursday 25th March - 9:00-12:00

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Conference Member £150
Conference Non-member £200
Student/apprentice/new graduate £20





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IET conference: Nuclear engineering for safety, control and security

The UK Government’s £200m boost for the nuclear sector is centred on embracing innovation and cutting-edge technology. This is welcome news for the industry and exciting times. It’s not been known for its pace of change, but that seems set to alter.

Fully supported by the Regulator, Nuclear Engineering for safety, control and security has always addressed the challenges faced by those working in the sector. The mix of practical guidance for today’s issues and exploring new technology for future application has proved popular.

Workshops and shorter presentations provide real-world advice for C&I engineers, managers and safety specialists as well as students and those wanting to move into Nuclear.

Benefits of attending

  • An opportunity for you to question the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) in a less formal situation than an inspection. They are great supporters of this event and welcome the chance to talk to you there.
  • Aimed at control & instrumentation, design and systems engineers, safety case authors and managers, all talks will be relevant to you.
  • Technical sessions always give you practical advice for current challenges and make you consider what innovation is right for nuclear new build in the UK and globally.
  • Half day workshops encourage you to take part in discussions to learn more about important subjects.


Key speakers include:

Prof Barry Lennox

Director RAIN, University of Manchester

Dr Rob Buckingham

Director UKAEA, Head of RACE

Stuart Crooks

Managing Director HPC, EDF Energy


Civil Nuclear Sector Lead, National Cyber Security Centre

Neil Blundell

Principal Nuclear Inspector, ONR


Hub members are able to register at the IET member rate -please note this on the booking form if you are not an IET member . Contact members@southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk if you have any queries.

Conference registration

Member - £585
Non-member - £685

Workshop registration

Member - £140 per workshop
Non-member - £180 per workshop

Seminar registration

Member - £350
Non-member - £440

Group registration discount – full conference

Member - £527.50
Non-member - £617.50

All prices are per person and are subject to VAT at 20%.



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An Introduction to Nuclear Safety: The Concept of Defence-in-Depth

Dr Gustavo Rubio Antón CEng FIMechE - Safety Analyst, Nuclear Safety & Radiation Protection Inspections (Belv), will give a guest lecture at the University of Bristol.

  • Date: Wednesday 18th April
  • Time: 1pm -2pm
  • Location: Berry Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Laboratory


An introduction to nuclear safety: The concept of Defence-in-Depth

The concept of Defence-in-Depth (DiD) is the primary mean of preventing and mitigating the consequences of accidents in a Nuclear Power Plant. According to the IAEA safety glossary, DiD is “a hierarchical deployment of different levels of divers equipment and procedures to prevent the escalation of anticipated operational occurrences and to maintain the effectiveness of physical barriers placed between a radiation source or radioactive materials and workers, members of the public or the environment, in operational states and, for some barriers, in accident conditions”.

Application of this concept throughout design and operation provides protection against occurrences and accidents, including those resulting from equipment or human induced failure. It ensures in a robust way the fulfilment of each fundamental safety function (control of reactivity, confinement, cooling) in all foreseeable plant conditions.

This lecture will introduce basic concepts of nuclear safety and will discuss the relationship between safety and risk, before describing the different levels of DiD and their associated safety objectives. We will then be ready to describe the three types of analysis used in nuclear safety engineering to demonstrate the integrity of the barriers of the different levels of DiD and how the nuclear power plant will deliver the safety functions required to meet the safety

This will include a discussion on Design Basis Analysis (DBA) and how it ensures that the design is fault tolerant for accidents within the design basis of the plant, Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) to ensure that risks are acceptable and balanced and, finally, Severe Accident Analysis (SAA) for the provision of mitigating measures against unlikely faults.

External Visitors

This lecture is primarily for students and staff on the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering, but is open to all. If you are interested in attending please email sw-nuclearhub@bristol.ac.uk

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IET Conference: Nuclear Engineering for Safety, Control and Security

Nuclear engineering for safety, control and security

The South West Nuclear Hub is supporting this conference from the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The 6th Nuclear Engineering conference provides a perfect forum for hearing from the ONR about what is expected of personnel working in nuclear facilities whilst learning from engineers, managers and other specialists implementing solutions to challenges the whole industry faces, whatever the facility.

The scope of Nuclear engineering for safety, control and security covers all stages of the lifecycle of nuclear from new build through existing plant operations (civil and defence) to end of life. Concern about the relationship of safety and security continues to be a major concern that cannot be ignored.

Themes for 2018 included:

  • Security
  • Nuclear new build
  • SMRs
  • FPGAs
  • Managing obsolescence

Key benefits of attending

  • Hearing directly from the Office for Nuclear Regulation on the guidance and standards that affect you most
  • Benefiting from the speakers’ experience to understand how nuclear safety, control and security can be improved at your site
  • Networking with colleagues from different organisations and/or locations
  • Spending a day away from site, hearing about new techniques and different ways of doing things
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Guest Lecture: An Introduction to Nuclear Safety Cases

Key Details

Date: 12th February

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: Berry Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Laboratory

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

Lecture Details

What is a nuclear safety case? Why do we need to write safety cases? How do you write a safety case?

This lecture will give a brief introduction into what a nuclear safety case is and the historical context of why the nuclear industry produces them. It will also provide an overview of the regulatory requirements.

The presentation will focus on how to write a nuclear safety case. Covering the key principles of nuclear safety, ALARP (As Low as Reasonably Practicable), how to structure a safety case and how you check a safety case to make sure it is correct. The presentation will include worked examples of safety cases.

Producing a safety case requires more than just a clearly written document summarising the evidence to support a safety justification. The presentation will also consider the wider picture of the effort which goes into putting the safety case together from start to finish. 


Kate Martin - Kate is a University of Bristol Alumna and is a Mechanical Engineer at Atkins

You can read Kate's testimonial of her time at Bristol here: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/profiles/alumni-profiles/kate-martin.html

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