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National Nuclear Laboratory strengthen relationship with South West Nuclear Hub research network

The South West Nuclear Hub, based at the University of Bristol, is has strengthened its research network by welcoming the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) as its latest member. This is the latest step in a long relationship between the NNL and the University of Bristol that began with the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre and continued […]

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Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019

With more than 22 exhibits exploring the very latest advances in science, and access to hundreds of scientists, the Summer Science Exhibition offers a unique opportunity to explore the science shaping our future with the people making it happen.

The exhibition will take place from Monday 1 July - Sunday 7 July 2019 at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London.

The Great Bristol Shake Off - making our world earthquake safe

The Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering group from the University of Bristol will be bringing "The Great British Shake Off" to the exhibition.

What else can I find out?

BE AN EARTHQUAKE:  Come and feel the force of an earthquake

BE AN EARTHQUAKE ENGINEER: Have a go at making a building safe from an earthquake

BE A NUCLEAR ENGINEER: Find out how we are helping make nuclear power stations safe from earthquakes

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New research identifies Fukushima reactor unit 1 material in environment

Through the analysis of sub-mm particulate sourced from the environment, new research published today in Nature Communications by scientists from the University of Bristol, Diamond Light Source and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has identified specific fallout particles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the environment that give insights into the events that […]

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Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Users Group meeting

The 15th Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Users Group (SIMSUG) meeting will be hosted by the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU) at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

SIMSUG brings together scientific users, engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers of mass spectrometry equipment to discuss exciting new applications and developments in stable isotope research and analytical instrumentation.

Abstract Submission and Registration

Registration for SIMSUG 2019 is now open and the deadline for registration is Friday 31st May 2019.

You will be able to submit abstracts as part of the registration process. Please submit abstracts as plain text, do not include any figures. Abstracts should be between 250-300 words and include a title, authors and their respective affiliations.

After selecting the appropriate registration option you will be presented with an option to 'Proceed to Checkout', you will then need to create an account with the University of Bristol online shop. Following this you will have the option to submit an abstract (if you are just attending then please write 'Just attending' into the box). Critically, please indicate at the top of your abstract whether you wish to be considered for an ORAL or a POSTER presentation.

Registration and abstract submission

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Full information is available on the conference website here

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Materials science research celebrated at student conference

The latest research in materials science was on display in Bristol where PhD students gathered with their academic and AWE industrial sponsors for a two-day conference. To celebrate the achievements of participating researchers prizes were on offer for the best presentation and poster. Judges assessed all of the talks given during the conference programme, as […]

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Bristol Researcher Thesis published by Springer

Dr Peter Martin of the Interface Analysis Centre at the University of Bristol has had his PhD thesis published by Springer in their series recognising outstanding PhD research. Peter’s PhD was nominated by the School of Physics for a Springer thesis, a prestigious and exclusive honour awarded to the best theses in physical sciences from […]

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COGER Conference 2019

Co-ordinating Group for Environmental Radioactivity (COGER): 38th Annual Meeting

The COGER Open Meeting is informal discussion of active and proposed research concerning all aspects of environmental radioactivity. It will take place at the University of Bristol, organised jointly with UWE Bristol and sponsored by the South West Nuclear Hub.

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Conference Content

Talk abstracts will be made available online on the COGER website in due course. On the afternoon of 26th April the key regulators (Food Standards Agency, Health Protection Agency, Environment Agency) will run a session on emergency preparedness for radioactive contamination in the UK.

Arrangements will be similar to those of previous meetings, but the range of presentation types has been increased. Presentations are invited in any of the following formats:

  • Research presentations: 15-20 minutes plus five minutes for discussion
  • Short presentations from first year PhD students describing their planned research: up to 10 minutes
  • PechaKucha style presentations: 20 slides, 20 seconds each
  • 3 Minute Thesis style presentations

Posters are also welcome and there will be a formal poster session. In addition, there is a section for news items and brief announcements in the programme.

Finally, it may be possible to offer a technical tour of Hinkley Point C on the morning of Wednesday 24th April: further details to follow.

COGER Public Lecture:  Thursday 25th April

Professor Nick Pidgeon from Cardiff University will give the annual COGER public lecture on the topic of ‘Public Risk Perceptions and Nuclear Energy in Britain'.

Nick Pidgeon is Professor of Environmental Psychology and Director of the Understanding Risk Research Group at Cardiff University. He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to climate change awareness and energy security policy.

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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.

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For anyone wishing to present their work orally or through a poster, please send in the format outlined below to cogersecretary@gmail.com by Friday 22nd March.

Abstracts should adopt the following format, and should take no more than one A4 page. They should be saved as a Word document.

  1. Title of your presentation [in Verdana 14 pt bold]
  2. Authors (using the format Wood M.D., Smith J. and Jones F.) [in Verdana 14 pt bold]
  3. Author affiliations [in Verdana 10 pt bold]
  4. Abstract [in Verdana 10 pt]

An email acknowledgement will be sent out within 7 days of receipt of your completed form, abstract and payment. If you do not hear from COGER please contact cogersecretary@gmail.com.


  • Conference registrations and fee payment: deadline Friday 5th April.
  • Abstract submissions: deadline Friday 5th April. All participants who wish to make a formal presentation are required to produce an abstract (up to one page of A4), which should be submitted electronically to the cogersecretary@gmail.com
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The conference fee payment should be made by Friday 15th April. Fees are applicable as below:

Band Band description Details
A Students who present either a talk or a poster Payment is not required and all accommodation and subsistence will be supported. Limited travel support is available and needs to be arranged with David Copplestone IN ADVANCE of the meeting. Any costs reimbursed will be for travel by the cheapest means possible. Mileage will not be paid. Any queries relating to travel costs should be raised with David Copplestone before the meeting.

Please note that Band A is now only available if at least one academic from the same organisation as the student is in attendance otherwise Band B will apply

B Participants presenting a talk or a poster or students not presenting A registration fee of £165 is payable to include all accommodation, refreshments and the dinner. No support for travel will be available. Please note that this band is only available for the lead author of a presentation or poster. Co-authors who are not presenting in their own right will be charged the Band C fee.
C Participants not presenting results A registration fee of £250 is payable to include all accommodation, refreshments and the dinner. No support for travel.
D Day Rate:

Weds 24th/Thurs 25th/Fri 26th

For those from member organisations of the South West Nuclear Hub: A fee of £50 to include refreshments and lunch. No support for travel.

Day rate registration form

Payment methods

  • Cheques: made payable to COGER and a receipt will be available at the meeting. Cheques should be sent to:
    Dr David Copplestone, Biological and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA.
  • Electronic bank transfer: COGER Electronic Payment Details

Further details on payment options are available from David Copplestone; please note credit cards cannot be accepted. Full-time students eligible for financial support do not need to send in a deposit.


The Co-ordinating Group for Environmental Radioactivity (COGER) is a voluntary association of people engaged in scientific research in the field of environmental radioactivity. COGER is a not for profit association whose primary function is to promote and advance, and to disseminate to the public advantage information on and knowledge of the scientific research in the field of environmental radioactivity. COGER aims to provide coordination, exchange and dissemination opportunities within the field of environmental radioactivity, particularly in the UK.



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EQUALLE™ Alliance and the University of Bristol sign a MoU to cooperate on Nuclear Equipment Qualification

EQUALLE™ (the alliance of Framatome, Bureau Veritas, Doosan Babcock) and the University of Bristol are pleased to announce the signature of a MoU to cooperate on Nuclear Equipment Qualification. EQUALLE™ and the University of Bristol have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to work together on seismic qualification of equipment. Under this partnership, […]

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Renewal of Nuclear Energy Futures CDT

Several members of the South West Nuclear Hub are celebrating the renewal of the Nuclear Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), funded by EPSRC. The centre, led by Imperial College London, involves the University of Bristol, EDF Energy, Cavendish Nuclear and the National Nuclear Laboratory alongside many other collaborators. Other main University partners are […]

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Research News from the Hub Academic Network

GW4 DOCTORAL STUDENT TRAINING SCHEME – OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS – DEADLINE FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY The purpose of this award is to fund new student-led discipline-specific research training for postgraduate research students studying at GW4 universities. This scheme is NOW OPEN for applications. Call Name: Doctoral Student Training Scheme Call Deadline: 11:59pm 1st February 2019 Applications to be submitted to: gw4-pgr@bristol.ac.uk Download: Application […]

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