Collaborative research programme in decommissioning, immobilisation and management of nuclear waste workshop

EPSRC seeks expressions of interest for attendance at a one-day workshop to scope the direction of a potential future collaborative research programme to follow the Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories (DISTINCTIVE) investment funded in 2013, which is due to end in 2018.

The EPSRC Nuclear Fission portfolio is a cross-cutting, multidisciplinary research area encompassing research in EPSRC’s Engineering and Physical Sciences portfolios as well as in other Research Councils. With the recent publication of EPSRC's research area strategies, it is timely to consider the contribution that this area can make to the Energy programme and ensure that there is appropriate support for Nuclear Fission research in the UK.

The EPSRC Energy programme is looking to invest in a follow on activity in the decommissioning, immobilisation and management of nuclear waste. The objectives of this workshop are as follows:

  • to review and reflect upon the DISTINCTIVE investment
  • to encourage engagement between key members of academia, industry and users to inform the direction of a potential future investment
  • to consider which research themes should be considered within a future proposal
  • to identify next steps before the potential announcement of a call for proposals

It is expected that this workshop will directly inform the shape of a potential future call in this area.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 19 September 2017 in Bristol with a late morning start time to enable delegates to travel to the venue on the morning of the workshop. Expressions of interest to attend are encouraged from individuals from academia, industry and users.

As places are limited (a maximum of 40 participants), it is likely that no more than two individuals will be invited to attend per UK university or research institute. It is expected that this will include one established and one early career researcher.

Applicants should complete the short Expression of Interest survey below. Your answers to these questions will be used to assess your application to determine that you have the suitable skills and motivation to participate in this workshop. No further documentation will be accepted. Expressions of interest will be assessed by an internal EPSRC panel with selections primarily based on the fit to the following assessment criteria:

  • The ability to develop new, adventurous and highly original research ideas
  • The potential to contribute to multidisciplinary research, fundamental and applied
  • The ability to work in a team
  • Justification for attending the workshop

Please note that attendance at the workshop is not a pre-requisite for eligibility to apply to a future call. If you wish to attend the workshop, please complete the expression of interest survey at the bottom of the page by 16:00 on Monday 04 September 2017. Applicants will be informed of their selection for the workshop on Friday 08 September 2017.