ICO Nuclear CDT Annual Student Conference 2019

Open to members of the public, students, academics and members of industry alike!

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The conference will be held onThursday the 4th of July.



The conference will be held in the lecture theatre of the Skempton Building.


About this Event

The ICO CDT in Nuclear Energy is the collaborative Centre for Doctoral Training between Imperial College London, Cambridge University and the Open University.

  • Sustainability has many aspects and can be very broad depending on the context. More recent descriptions look towards the dimensions of ecological, economic, political and cultural sustainability. Is it equitable and viable? Is it environmentally-friendly and produce no CO2 emissions? Is it renewable? Does it meet current beliefs and ideas? Is it secure? Does it not adversely impact health and wellbeing?

  • Evaluating sustainability can be difficult. Many organisations do not consider nuclear power to be renewable, but renewability is only one aspect of sustainability, and as nations move to combat climate change and energy demands, can nuclear power meet the sustainable development criteria?

  • The goal of our conference is to assess the sustainability of a nuclear power plant over its lifetime. Nuclear fuel elements are sufficiently abundant to provide power for thousands of years, but what about the CO2 emissions for pouring the concrete for the building? We’re gathering speakers from across the nuclear industry to talk about their sustainability and to see what is being done and what can be done to improve in the future.


Time Item
09.30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome
10:15 - 10:45 Global Overview – Alec Mitchell, World Nuclear Association
10:45 - 11:15 Uranium Mining – Mike Armitage, SRK
11:15 - 11.45 Fuel Fabrication – David Eaves, Westinghouse
11:45 - 12.00 Student Presentations 1-2
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 13:30 Current Builds – Audrey Healy, Sustainability Culture Specialist at EDF energy
13:30 - 14:00 Radioactive Impacts of New Nuclear – Peter Bryant, President of Radiological Protection
14:00 – 14:30 Decomissioning – Afternoon break
14:30 - 15:00 Waste – Professor Cherry Tweed, Chief Scientific Adviser at RWM
15:00 - 15:30 Taking decommissioning into consideration – Hannah Paterson, National Waste Inventory Manager at NDA
15:30- 16:00 Student Presentations 3-6
16:00 - 17:00 Closing Remarks and Drinks Reception
17:00 - 17:30 Departure

Student Presentations

1: Emma Perry - High temperature nuclear magnetic resonance study of oxygen diffusion in uranium dioxide

2: Daniel Maguire - Direct diffusion observation of molten salts via NMR

3: Anthony Carpenter - Long-term InSAR monitoring of nuclear decommissioning

4: Tony Maher - The retardation of radionuclides in weathered chalk

5: Toby Phillips - Reduced Order Modelling applied hierarchically to Nuclear Reactors

6: Tom Porter -Modelling methods for functionally graded materials by novel processing