Nuclear energy: cornerstone of a low-carbon future?


24 October 2018, 9.00 AM - 25 October 2018, 5.00 PM

We The Curious, Harbourside, Bristol

The UK is at a turning-point in its use of nuclear power. We are witnessing the nation’s first nuclear new-build in over 25 years. The Government is committed to ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The UK is in the process of withdrawing from both the EU and Euratom. This is set against a backdrop of worldwide strategic refocusing of nuclear research effort towards Generation IV reactor technology.

As part of the prestigious Colston Research Society series, this symposium will bring together experts from industry and academia to examine the future of nuclear energy generation in the UK. It will cover reactor technology for UK civil applications, nuclear R&D capability and current plans for new build and decommissioning.


The two day symposium will be held at We the Curious in the city centre. Activities will include:

  • Plenary talks
  • Presentations
  • Discussion panels
  • Practical demonstrations and exhibitions

Further details of topics and speakers will follow in due course.

Public Lecture

On the evening of Wednesday 24th October a public lecture will be held in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. This keynote speech will be given by Lord Hutton of Furness, Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association.

Ticket Information

Timings and ticket information will follow in due course.

Colston Research Society

The Colston Research Society is a body made up of academic and external members who are committed to sponsoring and supporting an annual academic symposium. In 2018 the theme of the Symposium will be Nuclear Energy, led by the University of Bristol's Faculty of Engineering.

Contact information

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