Our panellists include:
Dr MIR Anamul Haq did his masters in nuclear reactor physics at the University of Paris Saclay and PhD in nuclear waste management from French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) Marcoule. He joined the University of Huddersfield in 2016 and is currently working as a senior and EPSRC Early Carrier Research Fellow leading the nuclear fuel and waste (NuFaW) management research group. The main research focus of NuFaW is to synthesise novel materials for the management of plutonium and high-level nuclear wastes and simulate their radiation and corrosion resistance to help develop the safety case for geological disposal of nuclear wastes. Over the years, he has been invited several times by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), American Ceramic Society, Materials Research Society etc to their events to talk about his research on wasteform behaviour under disposal conditions.
Dr Simon Norris is Principal Research Manager at Nuclear Waste Services, and has worked on the programme leading to implementation of the UK Geological Disposal Facility for higher activity wastes for nearly 30 years. A geologist by background, Simon now leads a team in applied science and research, working on a number of topics including GDF coupled processes, waste-derived gas generation and migration, GDF evolution and interaction with the host rock, biosphere studies, etc. Simon has an appointment as an honorary professor at the University of Manchester.
Prof. Katherine Morris from the Geomicro Group within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UoM. She is also currently the Dalton Nuclear Institute theme lead for Nuclear Environment and Waste, the Director of the Radioactive Waste Management Research Support Office, and the Director of the NNUF RADER Facility.
Dr Rick Short, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Rick manages the NDA’s university research portfolio, sponsoring PhD and postdoctoral research that supports civil nuclear decommissioning in the UK. As well as the national academic sector, he works extensively with other research funders and stakeholders in the wider NDA Group, BEIS, UKRI, national labs and wider industry to coordinate effort and ensure that the UK maintains a national academic capability to support the mission. He sits on several academic and industrial advisory boards and steering groups including the ESPRC Energy Strategic Advisory Committee. Rick’s technical background is in materials science and prior to joining NDA Rick spent nearly a decade on Sellafield site, working for the National Nuclear Laboratory supporting the High Level Waste Vitrification Plant. He was also the inaugural PhD student to graduate from the University of Sheffield Immobilisation Science Laboratory.
Tamas Zagyva completed an undergraduate degree in Earth Science (2016) and a master’s degree in Materials Science (2019) at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary. He has attended several conferences presenting his undergraduate and master’s research successfully, winning awards in the best poster and best presentation categories. Tamas started his PhD at The University of Manchester, Department of Chemistry, in 2019, and he is based at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility. His PhD research focuses on the radiation tolerance of glass-ceramic nuclear wastes with high molybdenum content. These glass-ceramic waste forms will be produced during the post-operational clean out (POCO) operations at Sellafield. His PhD project is funded by a collaborative research consortium called TRANSCEND, including partnerships from the industry (National Nuclear Laboratory) and several universities (The University of Manchester, University of Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam University).
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