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Nuclear Security Detection workshop and network launch

STFC Knowledge Exchange Workshop and
Launch of the Nuclear Security Science Network

Venue: The Science Museum London
Date: 16 March 2016

The STFC Innovations Club jointly with the STFC Nuclear Security Science Network hosted a knowledge exchange and network launch event with industry and government agencies on current developments and novel applications of radiation detectors and detection techniques as applied to nuclear security. Nuclear security continues to be a high priority to the UK’s government. For these reasons the STFC Nuclear Security Science Network was set up to promote knowledge exchange and collaboration between academic researcher and stake holders in industry and government agencies. This area requires a highly multidisciplinary approach and effective end-user engagement.

This event was intended for:

  • Industry interested to know more about current knowledge exchange and commercialisation opportunities from UK radiation detection community
  • All stakeholders and researchers who are interested in participating in the Nuclear Security Sciences network
  • Industrial and Government researchers looking for academic partners for specific development projects
  • STFC funded researchers working in radiation detectors developments wanting to get more involved in knowledge exchange and the funding available
  • Academic researchers from allied fields looking to find partners or develop capability in nuclear detection.

Key topics for this workshop included:

  • Radioisotope detection and identification
  • Localisation, imaging and tracking
  • Detection Technologies and Techniques

The workshop has also launched the STFC Nuclear Security Science Network, and highlighted forthcoming Network meetings for researchers and end-users, including research funding and knowledge exchange opportunities in nuclear security.


Time Item Speaker
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee and registration
10.30 Welcome and introduction Prof Paul Sellin
University of Surrey
11.00 Overview of Nuclear Security Detection challenges Prof Dick Lacey
11.30 Four Academic/Industrial Collaboration Case Studies (15min each)  
  Dr Antonin Vacheret
  • Portable Gamma Ray Imaging Spectrometer
Dr Andrew Boston
  Prof Ferruccio Renzoni
  • A 'Compact' Antineutrino Detector for Safeguards and Reactor Core Monitoring
Dr Jonathon Coleman
University of Liverpool
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and networking
13.30 End User Requirements and Funding Opportunities  
  • Funding opportunities from AWE and call for Pilot Projects
Dr Neil Gaspar
14.20 Industrial Support and EU funding Opportunities Ms Hazel Biggs
14.40 Introduction to CBRN-UK Mr Chris Abbott
Chairman of CBRN-UK
14.55 STFC Funding Opportunities  
  • Global Challenges Programme
Dr Katherine Hollinshead
  Mr Stephen Loader
15.20 Discussion Chair: Prof Paul Sellin
  • Forthcoming Network Meetings
  • Suggestions for topics for Challenge Meetings and Technical Workshops
16.00 – 16.30 Networking, refreshments and close

For more information contact: Dr Vlad Skarda, STFC or Prof Paul Sellin

Last updated: 11 June 2019


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