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RAIN human-robot interaction for nuclear workshop

Optimising the way humans and robots interact is fundamental to their usage and effectiveness in nuclear environments. In all research areas of the RAIN Hub feedback and discussion with industry stakeholders is invaluable. This is the first RAIN session focusing on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

Over two days (Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September) RAIN will host 7 separate online sessions, each diving into 1 of 7 research themes. The outcomes of these sessions will be summarised in a panel discussion on Thursday 1st October, 9:30 - 10:30.

The event aims to:

  • Strengthen existing, and create new, links between industry and academia
  • Create a HRI network for the UK's Nuclear industry
  • Talk to industry about the current ongoing research across UK universities
  • Improve our understanding of the current industrial challenges, informing future research


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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.

Event key details

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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£9.4m Research Funding Announced for Collaborative Decommissioning Research

A large programme of projects looking into nuclear decommissioning has been announced, that will see a consortium of 11 universities collaborate with industry on over 40 projects with funding totalling over £9m. This includes Hub members the universities of Bristol and Southampton, as well as Cavendish Nuclear. Building on a core grant of £4.6 million […]

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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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Student Group Project Visit to Assystem

A group of four postgraduate students from the University of Bristol recently visited the Preston offices of Assystem Energy & Infrastructure Limited, as part of their group research project. The students are all studying on the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering and are working together on a project, sponsored by EDF, on alternative methods of condition […]

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Guest Lecture: Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste

Guest Lecture: Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste


Speakers: Professor Cherry Tweed, Chief Scientific Adviser and Dr Liam Payne, Research Manager from Radioactive Waste Management

Tuesday 13th February, 16:00-18:00

Venue: 3.21 Berry Lecture Theatre, Physics

In this talk, Liam Payne will give an overview of geological disposal of radioactive waste including what it is and why do we need it, what’s the science and engineering behind it and how university research fits into the evidence base.

This will be followed by Cherry Tweed discussing the history of geological disposal in the UK, including the previous siting campaigns.

Afterwards there will be a discussion on the current policy for siting, including an update on the recently launched consultation on working with communities. Finally, Cherry will give an overview of international geological disposal programmes.


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Hub Hosts UK PONI Cyber Security in Nuclear Event

Last night the South West Nuclear Hub hosted a UK PONI panel event discussing cyber security issues in the nuclear industry. On Wednesday 7th February the South West Nuclear Hub and UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) collaborated to host an event on cyber security in the civil and military nuclear sectors. The event […]

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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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