Delivering safe geological disposal of nuclear waste, London

3 April, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:30

Venue address:

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom
Delivering safe geological disposal of nuclear waste in the UK
Delivering safe geological disposal of nuclear waste in the UK

About this event

As a pioneer of nuclear technology, the UK has accumulated a diverse legacy of higher-activity radioactive waste.

This evening lecture, based on the paper that won the James Watt Medal in 2016, will discuss plans for implementing UK government policy for the safe geological disposal of UK’s radioactive waste.

Delegates will:

  • Learn more about the safety of geological disposal of nuclear waste
  • Discuss the challenges in the design, construction and operation of a project with a lifetime of more than 100 years
  • Understand how to ensure safety during the transport, operational and post-closure phases
  • Look at commonalities between the UK project and international experiences in this topic
  • Discuss the key developments to be expected in the coming years

The presentation will be followed by questions and answers session and a drinks reception.


18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Main lecture
19:15 Questions and answers session 
19:35 Summation from the Chair
19:40 Drinks reception
20:30 Close

The paper that forms the basis of this presentation won the James Watt Medal at the 2016 ICE Annual Award Ceremony. This medal is awarded for papers that have substantial mechanical engineering content​.

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John Corderoy, Science and Technology Director, Radioactive Waste Management

John Beswick

Born in Plymouth and educated at Queens College Taunton, Corderoy joined the Royal Navy in 1985 and completed initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College and in the Fleet.

Completing a first degree he graduated from the Royal Naval Engineering College (RNEC), and commenced submarine and nuclear courses in preparation for appointments as a nuclear marine engineer. In Sep 2013 he was promoted to Commodore and was appointed to the role Director of Nuclear Propulsion and Head of the DE&S Nuclear Propulsion Project Team based in Abbey Wood, Bristol. In April 2016 John joined Radioactive Waste Management Limited as their Science and Technology Director.

Professor Cherry Tweed, Chief Scientific Advisor, Radioactive Waste Management

John Beswick

Cherry is the Chief Scientific Advisor to Radioactive Waste Management and an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham.

As Chief Scientific Advisor, Cherry provides authoritative scientific advice and challenge to Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) in support of its activities. She works right across the organisation, covering implementing geological disposal and the advice which RWM gives to waste producers who need to package their wastes now.

Cherry oversees a number of RWM’s key relationships, particularly with the organisations responsible for implementing geological disposal overseas and with international organisations, primarily the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Atomic Energy Authority and the European Commission. She sits on a number of international working groups, preparing guidance to support the implementation of geological disposal.

She has an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Materials Science from Cambridge University and over 25 years’ experience in geological disposal.