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Is the future nuclear?


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Discussion of the health and environmental risks of radioactivity with reference to the nuclear industry and how the media influence our perception of these risks..

Date and Time

25 April 2013 - 19:00-21:00


Portsmouth, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Joint Event.

About this event

The UK is at present planning to build new nuclear power stations to replace our current ageing reactors. Nuclear is seen by some as providing a secure source of energy with low greenhouse gas emissions. By others it is seen as dangerous, polluting and expensive. Based on his extensive experience of working on the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, Prof. Jim Smith will discuss the health and environmental risks of radioactivity and how the media influence our perception of these risks..

The lecture will be preceded by refreshments from 18:30.


Professor Jim Smith

Jim Smith is an expert in modelling radioactive pollution in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. He has co-ordinated three multi-national EU-funded projects on the environmental consequences of the Chernobyl accident and regularly works in the Chernobyl 30-km Exclusion Zone. He is lead author of a major book on the accident: Chernobyl: Catastrophe and Consequences and authored a key opinion piece in Nature in the wake of the recent Fukushima accident. He is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Group on the Chernobyl Cooling Pond, and Chairman of the UK Coordinating Group on Environmental Radioactivity. Formerly at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Jim is now Professor of Environmental Science at Portsmouth University.


18.30 - Refreshments
19.00 - Lecture

Additional information

This event is organised by the IET Solent Network and is a joint event with the Portsmouth and District Physical Society.

Contact: Solent Main Network Events Committee Chairman

Registration information

Registration is essential for this event.


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