Nuclear Seminar Series: Radioecology & the Nuclear Renaissance

6 February 2019, 5.30 PM - 6 February 2019, 7.00 PM

Professor Neil Willey, University of the West of England

Peel Lecture Theatre, Geographical Sciences Building

  • Date: Wednesday 6th February
  • Time: refreshments at 5.30pm for 6pm start
  • Location: Peel Lecture Theatre, Geographical Sciences Building


This is a South West Nuclear Hub Nuclear Seminar Series talk that is open to all and free to register.

Radioecology & the ‘Nuclear Renaissance’: Insights and Challenges

Nuclear industries have to comply with national and international dose limits for radiation exposure to humans and other organisms.  Radioecology underpins these dose limits by studying all aspects of the fate and impact of radioisotopes in the environment.

Radioecology has provided some secure insights based on long-term studies but has also revealed some significant, and challenging, gaps and controversies. Using recent studies at Chernobyl and Fukushima in particular, in this talk I will provide an overview of the key findings and key challenges in radioecology.


Professor Neil Willey, University of the West of England

Professor Willey's research focuses on plants and pollutants, in particular the uptake and effects of environmentally relevant radionuclides and toxic metals. He has expertise in the mechanisms of uptake, the phylogenetic constraints on uptake, and the molecular effects of radionuclides in plant cells. His research is used to predict soil-plant transfer of radionuclides in models of radionuclide movement in natural and agricultural ecosystems.

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