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Coping with a Big Nuclear Accident

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Queen's Building

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This event is hosted by the South West Nuclear Hub and co-sponsored by the IChemE and the Institute of Measurement and Control. The Hub provides a focus for nuclear innovation, research and teaching in the south west of the UK.

Public lecture and panel Q&A

Nuclear power can provide the large quantities of carbon-free electrical energy needed to sustain Western living standards. But how should we cope when things go badly wrong? What if an accident causes the core to melt, the containment to fail and large quantities of radioactive fallout are deposited on the surrounding countryside? This is exactly what happened at Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima Daiichi in 2011. Philip Thomas, Professor of Risk Management at the University of Bristol, led a multi-university team to tackle this thorny issue head on. You may find their research results surprising. He and his team will be on hand to answer questions afterwards. You can read more about the project here: http://www.nrefs.org/

Panel: Prof. Philip Thomas, Dr Paul Johnson, Prof. Bill Nuttall, Dr Ian Waddington

Event details

  • Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University of Bristol
  • Time: 18:00 - 20:00
  • Light refreshments will be provided afterwards

If you cannot attend the lecture in person it will be livestreamed on the Hub website.

Details of how to get to the University can be found here.

Afternoon Conference

To mark the publication of the Special Issue of Process Safety and Environmental Protection the researchers of the NREFS project will give a series of lectures outlining their results.

Provisional Programme

2.00pm - Dr John May, Director of the Safety Systems Research Centre, University of Bristol; co-editor, Process Safety and Environmental Protection Special Issue on Coping with a Big Nuclear Accident

Chairman's opening remarks

2.05pm - Philip Thomas, Professor of Risk Management, University of Bristol; Principal Investigator for the NREFS Project

Coping with a big nuclear accident: the multi-university NREFS project and the Special Issue of Process Safety and Environmental Protection

2.15pm - Dr Ian Waddington, Senior Software Engineer, Analytic Eye Ltd.

J-value Assessment of Relocation and Remediation after Chernobyl and Fukushima

2.25 pm - Q&A

2.45 pm - Philip Thomas

1. Validation of the J-value against pan-national data

2. Age at death from a radiation cancer

3.10 - Q&A

3.15pm - Tea/coffee break

3.45pm - Dr Paul Johnson, Lecturer in Financial Mathematics, University of Manchester

Economically optimal strategies for managing a general big nuclear accident

4.10 - Q&A

4.15pm - William Nuttall, Professor of Energy, The Open University

Estimating the cost of a big nuclear accident in the UK

4.40 pm - Q&A

4.45 pm - Philip Thomas

Coping with a big nuclear accident: summary and conclusions

5.00pm- Finish

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  • Venue: Room 1.69, Queen's Building, University of Bristol
  • Time: 14:00 - 17:00
  • Tea/coffee will be provided
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