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The Saga of UK Radioactive Waste Disposal

The Western Regional Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Ian Crossland nuclear specialist with more than 50 years’ experience of the nuclear industry. For the past thirty years he has specialised in radioactive waste management with a particular interest in disposal. He has first-hand experience of the roller-coaster ride produced by the many swings of UK policy in this area.

The UK has a small mountain of radioactive waste that is stored at many locations around the country. This is the legacy of almost 100 years’ exploitation of nuclear technology in research, medicine, weapons and electricity production. Some of this waste will remain dangerous for millennia. Even if we were to stop
producing it, the legacy of past years would still need to be safely managed to prevent its being a danger to the public. But what to do? Do we continue to store it and, by so doing, pass on the burden of care to future generations? Or do we seek a permanent solution and thereby honour both intergenerational equity and the
“polluter pays” maxim?

The talk outlines the fundamental science that underpins geological disposal, the development, over the past half-century, of UK radioactive waste management policy, the several failed attempts to implement geological disposal and the current campaign to find and implement a permanent solution.


This talk will be given via Zoom, hosted by The Geological Society, Western Regional Group.

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NDA Sort and segregate competition briefing

The Knowledge Transfer Network is running a briefing on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Innovate UK 'Sort and segregate nuclear waste' competition.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, in partnership with Innovate UK, is delivering an SBRI competition to fund innovative ideas that will lead to cheaper, safer and faster ways of sorting and segregating radioactive waste. Successful applicants will receive 100% funding to develop and demonstrate their technologies. £3.9m funding (inc VAT) is available for innovative ways to sort and segregate radioactive waste.


  • Competition launches Monday 27 July
  • Competition opens 17 August
  • On-line briefing event 25 August
  • Competition closes 11 November


Who should attend – Applications can be led by any organisation, of any size and from any sector. NDA are keen to encourage technology transfer from other industrial sectors (outside nuclear) that carry out multiple complex automated tasks, rapidly and safely. This might include, for example, food processing, logistics, waste management, high value manufacturing or medical. NDA are particularly looking to fund innovative projects that combine existing technologies into a single integrated system.

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Nuclear waste could be recycled for diamond battery power

Work has begun at Berkeley power station in Gloucestershire to remove radioactive waste products from the site as part of its decommissioning programme.  To try and reduce the time and cost of this operation, a team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol hope to recycle material from the irradiated graphite to generate […]

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Bristol spin-out to develop longlife sensors for Sellafield

Electronics experts Sensor Driven, a University of Bristol spin-out company has received Game Changers funding to demonstrate how the technology could be useful in nuclear waste stores at Sellafield. Traditional sensors constantly use battery power, regularly sleeping, waking and measuring when often there is nothing of interest to measure. This typically limits battery lifetime to […]

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Nuclear Frontiers Conference

The University of Bristol will host the annual Nuclear Frontiers conference in January 2019, proudly sponsored by the South West Nuclear Hub, EDF Energy and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

  • Date: Tuesday 15th January 2019
  • Time: 9am-4pm

Join scientists and engineers that are delivering research and development for decommissioning and waste management in the UK and abroad.

Our annual showcase for R&D is attended by a broad range of delegates, including senior figures within the UK civil nuclear industry. Learn about the mission, build contacts, collaborate on ideas, and challenge the status quo.

Topics covered include site remediation and decommissioning; characterisation, treatment, packaging, conditioning and disposal, waste management and storage; and land management.

Posters from doctoral and post-doctoral researchers are welcome.

Read about the 2018 Nuclear Frontiers conference here.

Download the Event poster.

Ticket Information

Register for free tickets on Eventbrite.

Conference Registration


Download the conference agenda here:

Nuclear Frontiers 2018 - Agenda

Abstract and Poster Submissions

Please use the following form to submit an abstract Nuclear Frontiers Speaker Abstract template

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday 30th November for consideration to: Rebecca.ferris@edf-energy.com

Presenters will be notified by Friday 7 December.

If you are interested in presenting or have a poster to display, please contact Geoff.x.randall@sellafieldsites.com

Conference Sponsors

South West Nuclear Hub

EDF Energy


Venue Information


The conference venue is in an ideal city centre location. It is accessible by road, rail and air, with significant public transport available in Bristol.

Travel information


There are many hotels in close proximity to the University of Bristol, or near to the train station or airport.

Where to stay

Nuclear Waste & Decommissioning Research Forum

The Nuclear Waste and Decommissioning Research Forum is a cross industry group that aims to enhance coordination of R&D and technical programmes across UK Site Restoration and Integrated Waste Management activities.

Its membership includes representatives from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)Radioactive Waste Management (RWM)Site Licence Companies, regulators and organisations with significant nuclear decommissioning liabilities.


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Looking Deep into the Future for Radioactive Waste Disposal

New research into long-term climate change is applied to nuclear waste disposal sites in Finland and Sweden. A new paper was recently published on research that uses Earth system models to project future changes in climate over timescales pertinent to the disposal of radioactive waste. This research involved  Dr Natalie Lord, Professor Andy Ridgwell and Professor Dan Lunt […]

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Diamond Batteries: One Year Of Reaction

In November 2016 Professor Tom Scott, Co-Director of the South West Nuclear Hub presented diamond battery technology at the Cabot Institute Annual Lecture. This innovation was developed by a team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol. They were able to grow a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, generates a […]

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