In the late 20th Century, the UK was a world-leader in the development of advanced nuclear fission reactor systems; these included several of what are now known as the “Generation IV” concepts.
In recent years the UK has ceased to participate actively in this research beyond keeping a watching brief – a situation that has been recognised by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology. There is an opportunity now to change this situation, and for UK expertise in nuclear science, engineering and technology to have a significant impact.
This meeting draws together experts to review the current situation and discuss how the UK could re- engage in this field. The event will be chaired by Professor Richard Maudslay (Chairman of the National Nuclear Laboratory) and include a panel discussion session.
Martin Freer (Birmingham): The Future of Nuclear Energy
Richard Stainsby (AMEC): Engineering Aspects of Gen IV
Baroness Worthington (Weinberg Foundation): Thorium – a Gen IV Fuel?
TBC: Near-Term Prospects for Gen IV
Harold McFarlane (INL, USA): The International Perspective