Tag Archives | UWE Bristol

SWNH_strike only_square

Hub network support fight against Coronavirus

Several members and collaborators in the South West Nuclear Hub network have been contributing to the fight against coronavirus. Supplies of PPE and other equipment have been donated in local areas, whilst the nuclear industry continues to generate energy and maintain critical infrastructure. PPE and supplies production The University of Plymouth is part of a […]

Continue Reading

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.

   University of Bristol logo

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.

Register on Eventbrite


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


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
Registration Form


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.



Continue Reading

UWE environmental radioactivity research featured on the BBC

The recent BBC documentary In the Shadow of Chernobyl featured research from Hub member the University of the West of England into environmental radioactivity and radionuclide behaviour. Professor Neil Willey leads the UWE team that is part of the Transfer, Exposure, Effects: Understanding Radioactivity in the Environment (TREE) project that featured in the news programme […]

Continue Reading

Nuclear Seminar Series: Nuclear Reactors at Sea

The South West Nuclear Hub Seminar Series is going on tour to member university, the University of the West of England. Giving the final talk of 2018 will be Lt. Tim Ward, of the Submarine Delivery Agency at the Ministry of Defence.

  • Venue: Room 4B031, B Block, Frenchay Campus, UWE, BS16 1QY
  • Time: 6pm (for 6.30pm start)
  • Date: 4/12/18


In this talk Lt. Tim Ward will focus on the operation of a Nuclear Reactor on a Submarine and general difficulties associated with this, and what lessons can be learned for land-based operation.

For the last 65 years, Pressurised Water Reactors have been propelling submarines around the oceans. As the gas cooled reactors of the past enter decommissioning, the operation of Pressurised Water Reactors is becoming more favourable, and the manufacture of smaller reactors could be the answer to an effective nuclear future for the United Kingdom.

Having operated small Pressurised Water Reactors for decades, the Royal Navy has years of operational experience which could be applicable to Civil Nuclear. Nuclear Submarines are unmatched in their endurance and their introduction changed marine warfare forever.

With real life examples, this seminar aims to give an insight into the operation of the Nuclear Steam Raising Plant works, what are the challenges associated with it, and how we ensure that the plant remains safe whilst at under the ocean. Additionally, the seminar will give listeners an introduction into what life is like living under the sea, how we create a habitable environment for months at a time and how we maintain these valuable assets.



Please register for free on the Eventbrite page: nuclearreactorsatsea.eventbrite.co.uk

Venue information


The seminar will be held at the University of the West of England - Frenchay Campus.

See this map with B Block highlighted - Frenchay Campus Map

More information: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/campusmapsandinformation/frenchaycampus.aspx

Nuclear Seminar Series

The aim of the series is to highlight the scientific and engineering challenges which face nuclear energy and the multidisciplinary research which goes on to meet them. The South West Nuclear Hub curates a programme of diverse speakers from across the industry to cover important and topical issues. All seminars are free and open to all.

Future talks in 2019 will include:

  • Professor James Marrow - University of Oxford
  • Fiona Rayment - National Nuclear Laboratory
  • Cherry Tweed -  Radioactive Waste Management
Continue Reading 0