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"The Nuclear Renaissance: The Way Forward?"

Professor Roger Cashmore
Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011
Lockhart Room, HK Fool Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
Academic and Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Roger Cashmore talks on the need for nuclear energy to satisfy the demands of an increasingly energy hungry world.

In this lecture, Professor Cashmore will give an over view of the present state of the Nuclear Power industry. In the light of recent developments and occurrences in the industry globally, he discusses the dilemma between the safety issues of the industry, its financial costs, but also its possible ability to provide "clean " power on a huge scale. His lecture also covers the current increase and projected increase in nuclear power generation, paying particular attention to nuclear safety, security and non proliferation.

Professor Cashmore will introduce the subject of a Nuclear Renaissance, based on rapidly improving technologies, as a possible solution to climate change in the probably lengthy period while mankind is able to move from fossil fuel use to more sustainable forms of energy. In the long term, he argues, nuclear fusion offers a possibility of replacing electricity generated by current and future fission reactors.

Professor Roger Cashmore is the Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. He is also Deputy Director General and Research Director at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). Professor Cashmore was educated at St John's College, Cambridge (BA, MA), Balliol College, Oxford (MPhil) and University College, Oxford, where he received his doctorate. He was a Research Associate at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center 196974.

At Oxford, he was first a lecturer at Christ Church, then a Senior Research Fellow at Merton College and subsequently a Fellow of Balliol College. He was appointed Professor of Experimental Physics in 1991 and Chairman of the Department of Physics in 1997. He was elected Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford in 2002, a position he held until 2011. Professor Cashmore has held numerous visiting lectureships and among his awards are the CMG and the C.V. Boys Prize. He has been elected a Fellow of Academia Europa and in the UK is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Royal Society.

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