The Cambridge University Energy Network

CUEN Conference 2012


Sustainability, policy and prospects

Conference Media


Nowadays, nuclear power is playing a fundamental role in energy strategies, providing about 15% of the world's electricity. Besides, in addition to the ongoing debate about the sustainability of nuclear energy, nuclear power has come under the spotlight following last year's accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Plant and Germany's decision to shut down all its nuclear reactors by 2022. After the events in 2011 people are really keen to find the truth about the sustainability of nuclear energy from an objective perspective.

The conference will be divided into different sessions - a brief historical introduction, an overview on current and future technologies in nuclear power, followed by two sessions focused on safety & waste and policy & finance respectively, and a final discussion on the sustainability of nuclear power.

In bringing together professionals, academics, and students, all with a common interest in nuclear power, this conference aims to inform, inspire and facilitate interaction between the people whose diverse skills will play a role in this important area. Moreover, the event is also intended for people with a general interest in the energy field, opening up a discussion between different points of view on the topics of nuclear power safety and sustainability.

The conference will be a one-day event held on Tuesday 26th June 2012 at the Faculty of Law (University of Cambridge), and will include speaker sessions and discussion panels so that delegates can ask the questions that matter to them. There will be opportunities for attendees to network at the buffet lunch, coffee breaks, and wine reception, which are all included as part of the conference fee.

The conference is sure to be highly rewarding for industry leaders hoping to gain insight into a rapidly developing market, and for members of the research community who will encounter the latest ideas in their field.

The aims of the 2012 Annual CUEN Conference are to:

  • Explore the technological, political, and financial aspects of nuclear power generation
  • Highlight the groundbreaking research being carried out in Cambridge and other academic institutions, creating lasting partnerships between academia and the world of industry, policy-makers and financial institution
  • Encourage cross-communication by providing a networking platform between the brightest and most enthusiastic students, businesses, and industries urgently looking for the required skills to enable and provide a sustainable future
  • Identify areas of potential cooperation between industrial and academic institutions