Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Nuclear Power - from Last Gasp to Second Wind (Management Challenge Lecture 2009)

24 March 2009

This London lecture will review the tumultuous changes taking place in the nuclear industry; from its enthusiastic beginnings, through the darker days and on to the current resurgence. It will explore the future of nuclear power as a major solution to energy security and climate change issues.

Whilst we are currently seeing enormous interest in the potential deployment of new nuclear power plants, the nuclear industry also faces major challenges in adjusting from three decades of consolidation and rationalisation to a phase of rapid expansion. This lecture will set in context the challenges ahead in Project Management and the Global Supply Chain in an energy hungry world where expectations for successful nuclear power programmes grow ever higher. 

Meet the Speaker

Dr Sue Ion is well known in the nuclear sector both in the UK and internationally. She was BNFL’s Group Director of Technology from 1992-2006, President of the British Nuclear Energy Society between 2004 and 2006 and has been the UK’s representative on the European Commission Euratom Science and Technology Committee since 1995. She is also a member of the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy and of the US Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. Sue is a senior contributor in matters of national Science, Engineering and Technology Policy and is a member of the UK Council for Science and Technology and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. She is a non-Executive Director on the Board of the Laboratory of the UK Health and Safety Executive and was Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2002-2008.

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Duration: 1hr 23 mins