Next generation nuclear energy: The UK's role

05 June 2013

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 was recognised by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology and responded to by the government with the recent Nuclear Industrial Strategy.

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 reengage in this field.

Keywords: nuclear power, nuclear science, fission reactor, Gen IV, small modular reactors, thorium, uranium, fuel cycles, waste disposal, IoM3, Institute of Physics, Richard Maudslay, Professor Martin Freer, Dr Richard Stainsby, Baroness Worthington, Dr Harold McFarlane, Dr David Powell, Professor David MacKay

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