We will hold events, such as our annual meeting and topic meetings, to showcase of our latest expertise and research to members of the research community involved in radioactive geological disposal. Sign up to our newsletter to be informed of any future events first.
Research in progress webinar series
The Nuclear Waste Services Research Support Office (RSO) research in progress seminar series aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between NWS, academics and research organisations on research topics important to geological disposal. Please do feel free to bring your lunch to these informal sessions.
Hydrogeology Research Perspectives
Thursday 28th April, 12:00 – 13:30
The next session on Thursday 28th April will be focussed on the latest research underway relating to hydrogeology. We will be joined by speakers from industry and academia, covering subjects such as organic fingerprints for the identification of groundwater recharge and paleoreconstructions using mineralogical, geochemical and isotopic data. To support the GDF programme’s safety case it is necessary to understand information needs for, and approaches to, palaeoreconstruction of past climates – for example, potentially in supporting arguments of slow travel times or hydraulic separation between the waste and surface environment. Additionally, we will benefit from insights from a leading overseas research group, studying the pore waters of clay-rich rocks in Switzerland.
Automation and autonomous research
Thursday 26th May, 13:00 – 14:30
The session on Thursday 26th May will be focussed on the latest research underway relating to automation and autonomous research applied to high-value and safety critical manufacturing programmes encompassing two important research themes; advanced handling systems used within the nuclear fusion sector, and those key trends in robotic adoption within the construction and agriculture sectors.
We will be joined by speakers from the ‘Remote Applications in Challenging Environments team’ (RACE) sharing the development of handling systems used for the European Spallation Source (ESS), and the ‘High-Value Manufacturing Catapult’ highlighting the challenges faced and being learned from other related manufacturing sectors. Both presentations will provide a valuable insight into how the GDF could exploit such developments in shaping key areas within our advanced manufacturing research theme.
We welcome opportunities to connect with the research community, industry and the general public.