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NTR-Net launch event held in London on 29 April 2024

May 2024

NTR-Net was officially launched at a high profile event co-hosted by the Nuclear Institute (South East & London Branch) on 29th April 2024 the home of the Royal Academy of Engineering, London.

The afternoon included several keynote speeches from the Ministry of Defence and Home Office representatives, along with panel sessions addressing the future picture for nuclear energy and the nuclear skills gap in the UK. Following this, the delegates enjoyed a networking reception with wine and canapés.

As you can see from the photographs, the event was well attended and a great success.  The interesting talks and panel discussion certainly reinforced the importance of NTR-Net in the context of the challenges that lie ahead.

“NTR-Net will be crucial to making sure the UK understands the evolving proliferation threat and develops the skilled experts who can address the challenges that arise. It also emphasises our commitment to nuclear threat reduction as highlighted by the Prime Minister in his foreword to the recent Defence Nuclear Command Paper.”

Professor Bill Lee, MOD Chief Scientific Adviser (Nuclear)

“Nuclear Threat Reduction is a necessary requirement in an unpredictable world with nuclear technology. 
NTR-Net will support a vibrant skills pipeline of doctoral researchers; linking academia, industry and government while delivering fundamental science across the breadth of the NTR needs.”

Dr Rebecca Weston, Defence Nuclear Organisation, Managing Director Warhead Group

“The UK is a major player in the use of nuclear energy to reduce the threats from global climate change. However, it is incumbent upon us not to worsen other threats, such as those from the proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism. Rather than trade-off one fear against the other, there is the opportunity to make progress in all dimensions. NTR-Net will help the UK, and the world, deliver nuclear solutions responsibly.”

Professor Bill Nuttall, Visiting Professor, University of Bristol

“This programme will make key contributions to the UK’s NTR responsibilities through science and technology innovations and training the future subject matter experts.”

Sir Robin Grimes, Professor of Materials Physics, Imperial College London