Electrifying the future: Nuclear energy's key role in a carbon-constrained world
Speaker: Dr Sue E Ion OBE FREng
Chair: Lord Browne of Madingley FREng FRS
The lecture will set the scene in terms of the energy challenges of the 21st century: unprecedented population growth; interesting geopolitical dynamics; humankind’s increasing impact on the planet’s ecosystem; meeting rising expectations and coping with resource depletion in a world of ever-increasing energy demand.
The prospects for a significant and growing contribution of nuclear generated electricity will be discussed in the context of increasing confidence in the sector's ability to deliver safe, secure, economically competitive systems internationally, together with maturing views on perceptions of risk, waste management and decommissioning.
Dr Ion is a member of the UK Council for Science and Technology. She was a member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 1994-2001. She was appointed as a member of Council for EPSRC in 2005. She is a non-Executive Director on the Board of the Laboratory of the UK Health and Safety Executive.
Dr Ion was President of the British Nuclear Energy Society between 2004 and 2006 and remained a member of its Executive Board until its merger with the Institution of Nuclear Engineers to form the Nuclear Institute in December 2008. She was a Vice President and Member of Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering between 2002 and 2008 and remains an active member on a number of its policy subcommittees. Dr Ion was BNFL's Group Director of Technology 1992-2006.