IT & Climate Change Working Group: Nuclear Fusion and Fission – where we are and the road ahead

24th July 2023 from 5:30pm — 8:00pm • Information Technologists' Hall

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Join the WCIT IT & Climate Change Working Group in the Livery Hall to hear from the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the South West Nuclear Hub on the challenges for Nuclear Fusion and advanced Fission energy. This event will cover :

• A brief history of the nuclear industry in the UK and how that has influenced our current landscape. The differences between fission and fusion. The main challenges and opportunities for the sector

• The commercial pathway to fusion energy – how fusion energy technology is being developed and the role that it might play in the world’s future clean energy system

• The computational challenges associated with the realisation of fusion pilot plants, and how the power of digital will make it possible


Tom Robinson is Research and Strategy Manager for the South West Nuclear Hub, an academic-industrial alliance pursuing research, innovation and skills in nuclear. Tom previously worked for UK Research and Innovation, managing funding portfolios, and Sellafield Ltd’s Central Technical team, leading innovation programmes in remote decommissioning, after completing the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s nuclear graduates training scheme. Tom was appointed a Deputy Director for the National College for Nuclear in January 2023.

Jamie Townes works at the UK Atomic Energy Authority on the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme – which has the mission to “deliver a UK prototype fusion energy plant, targeting 2040, and a path to commercial viability of fusion”. He is part of the Commercial Pathway team that looks to establish the steps needed between the Prototype and future Commercial plants and identify market factors relevant to a successful commercial plant capability to inform decisions in the development of STEP’s concept design. He is also a member of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots.

Professor Andrew Davis works at the UK Atomic Energy Authority as Head of Advanced Engineering Simulation within the Computing Division. He directs a team of computational scientists and engineers to work on highly saleable and performant multiphysics tools that can be used to design fusion components and whole reactors. The team are deployed across a range of projects including STEP, MAST, CHIMERA, ELSA and others. They also look beyond fusion problems to other domains that have similar issues that can benefit from tighter collaboration including nuclear fission & accelerator problems. Overall, the projects combine to create a better holistic understanding of a range of physical phenomena, that lead into high fidelity digital twins of components

Cost: £15 inc VAT to include refreshments. Online: No charge

Registration 5:30 coffee and biscuits / Start: 6pm and online / Reception 7:30 drinks and nibbles

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