Physics Aspects of the UK Nuclear Innovation Programme

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 14.00-17.00
Organised by the IOP Nuclear Industry Group and IOP Energy Group

The UK Government have indicated that nuclear energy could play a significant role in the UK’s future energy mix. To support this Government is currently investing in a multi-year R&D programme to underpin and deliver this policy.  In November 2016 BEIS launched its Nuclear Innovation Programme (NIP) across five major areas, building on the recommendations set out by a number of external expert bodies, including the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (NIRAB) and the joint Government– Industry Nuclear Industry Council.

The R&D programme is grouped into six key areas, which aim to develop the UK’s current position and exploit future markets whilst securing and developing critical high value skills and jobs. A number of the projects currently underway have a significant physics content.  This half day meeting will present the background of the NIP programme and provide a high-level overview of the current key physics projects.


Dan Wolff, NIRO, UK

Digital Reactor Design
Albrecht Kyrieleis, Wood Nuclear, UK

Thermal Hydraulics
Richard Underhill, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, UK

Reactor Physics
Beth Slingsby and Allan Simpson, National Nuclear Laboratory, UK

James Gath and Joel Lucas, National Nuclear Laboratory, UK

Panel discussion
Chaired by Paul Nevitt, National Nuclear Laboratory, UK

About the IOP Nuclear Industry Group and IOP Energy Group

IOP Nuclear Industry Group

The Nuclear Industry Group was formed to promote links between physicists involved with, or interested in, any aspect of the nuclear industry. The group aims to promote the diverse roles that physicists have in all aspects of the nuclear industry, including the civil and defence-related sectors.

IOP Energy Group

The group Energy group concerns itself with matters relating to:

  • power generation technologies: conventional, renewable, and nuclear
  • the efficient use of energy
  • the exploitation of resources for energy use
  • security of supply
  • materials for energy applications
  • energy use in the built environment

where physics and physicists have a role to play.

Key dates

Registration deadline:

11 October 2019