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Symposium on The Nuclear Fuel Cycle in Australia?

ANU Energy Change Institute

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 8.30am – 6:30pm

Springbank Room, Crawford School, ANU


An analysis of the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission report

The results of the SA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission were released in May 2016 and this will be the first wide-ranging national discussion of the implications.

The symposium will offer a critique of the different dimensions of the nuclear fuel cycle including mining and fuel processing, nuclear power, waste storage, the international context, economic impact and human capacity, and social licence to operate.

It has been designed so that policy makers, industry and other informed stakeholders contribute to the discussion.


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Draft Program

8.30-8.35         Opening and welcome, Professor Ken Baldwin, Director, Energy Change Institute

8.35-9.20         Summary of NFCRC report, Rear Admiral the Honorable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd) - Commissioner

9:20-9.30         Audience Q&A

All panel discussions and audience Q&A will be moderated by ANU Science Communicator and Physicist, Dr Phillip Dooley.

9.30-10.30    Mining & fuel processing

9.30-10.00       Panel member presentations

10.00-10.30     Audience Q&A


Dr Erica Smyth, Deputy Chair, ANSTO Board

Andy Lloyd, Principal, Lloyd Mine Consulting

Tony Irwin, Chairman of Engineers Australia Sydney Nuclear Engineering Panel, and ANU Energy Change Institute

10.30-11.00     Tea and coffee

11.00-12.00 Nuclear power

11.00-11.30     Panel member presentations

11.30-12.00     Audience Q&A


Professor Ian Lowe, School of Science, Griffith University

Mr Ben Heard, Executive Director and Founder, Bright New World

Dr Adi Paterson, CEO ANSTO


12.00-13.00 Waste storage

12.00-12.30     Panel member presentations

12.30-13.00     Audience Q&A


Dr Carl-Magnus Larsson, CEO ARPANSA

Dr Therese Donlevy, Strategic Projects Officer, Nuclear Operations, ANSTO

Dr Vanessa Guthrie, Chair, Minerals Council of Australia

13.00-14.00     Lunch

14.00-14.45 International context

14.00-14.30     Panel member presentations

14.30-14.45     Audience Q&A


John Carlson, Lowy Institute

Steven McIntosh, ANSTO

Jasmin Craufurd-Hill, Women In Nuclear Australia

14.45-15.30 Economic impact and human capacity

14.45-15.15     Panel member presentations

15.15-15.30     Audience Q&A


Emeritus Professor Sue Richardson, National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University

Professor Mike Young, University of Adelaide

Dr Roderick Campbell, Director of Research, The Australia Institute

15.30-16.00     Afternoon tea

16.00-16.45 Social licence to operate

16.00-16.30     Panel member presentations

16.30-16.45     Audience Q&A


Associate Professor Maria Rost Rublee, School of Social Sciences, Monash University

Professor Peta Ashworth, Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, UQ

Dr Ian Duncan, Independent Advisory Panel, National Radioactive Waste Management Project

16.45-17.15     Panel rapporteur summaries

17.15–17.30    What next? Professor Ken Baldwin, Director, Energy Change Institute

17.30               Networking drinks

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