JUNO: A Network for Japan - UK Nuclear Opportunities

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Materials Science and Engineering

Abstract

The UK and Japan have a long established co-operation in the field of civil nuclear energy, originating in the 1960s. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, on 11 March 2011, leading to partial melt down of three boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Daiici site (Units 1-3), the UK and Japan have established a strong collaboration in the field of nuclear decommissioning and waste management.

The Governments of UK and Japan recognise the importance of stronger collaboration and co-operation in the field of civil nuclear energy, to address the challenges of legacy decommissioning and waste management, and exploitation of nuclear fission technology as a safe, affordable, low carbon energy supply. Accordingly, a Japan - UK framework for Civil Nuclear Co-operation was established in 2012, leading to an annual UK - Japan Nuclear Dialogue to strengthen bi-lateral co-operation in civil nuclear energy.

The JUNO Network for Japan - UK Nuclear Opportunities will build on the annual Nuclear Dialogue, and the existing portfolio of bi-lateral projects established through the EPSRC / MEXT sponsored UK - Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme. The primary aim is to nurture and network the UK and Japan academic communities in civil nuclear energy, leading to the collaborative development of novel methodologies and tools, to address common challenges in decommissioning and waste management, reactor safety and regulation, nuclear energy policy, public communication and engagement, and environmental safety.

To realise this aim, the Network will organise a regular Network meeting and theme focused discussions, with a focus on knowledge exchange, deriving research questions, developing collaborative projects, and disseminating experience and outcomes. The Network will pump prime and monitor development of collaborations through targeted support for short visits, secondments, pilot scale projects and other activities.

Planned Impact

The impact of this research will have both international reach and significance by addressing the shared research and development priorities identified in the UK / Japan Nuclear Dialogue: decommissioning and waste management; nuclear policy; public communication; nuclear safety and regulation; and environmental safety.

These priorities also resonate with the UK Government's Nuclear Industry Strategy to achieve: continuous improvements in nuclear safety; ensuring effective waste management and decommissioning plans are in place; driving down the costs of nuclear power to benefit domestic and industrial consumers through strategic policy actions; and establishing effective collaborations at home and overseas on R&D and innovation.

A key impact of the Network will be to create the positive and engaging environment necessary to support nucleation and growth of professional and interpersonal relationships between researchers in the UK and Japan. This will enable the development of multi-partner interdisciplinary collaborations to define challenging research problems, within our core themes, and the expansive and creative thinking required to address them. Collectively, the talent, resource and facilities of these new UK / Japan collaborations should deliver research outcomes in our core themes of greater significance and impact. As the Network matures, these new partnerships should lead to more substantial research projects, which themselves will address the joint research priorities of the UK and Japan.

The beneficiaries from this research may therefore include: waste management and disposal authorities; nuclear power operators; Government and non-executive advisory bodies; regulators; the public; and researchers in the relevant field. The benefit and impact achieved through network activities and the collaboration it affords will be primarily through new knowledge, methods, models and tools which will reduce the hazard and cost of nuclear power generation and decommissioning, with improved public acceptance.

Organisations

 
Description The JUNO Network has successfully supported the development of UK - Japan collaboration in civil nuclear energy through its activities. Key highlights include:
* Formation of a strong partnership with the British Embassy in Japan, to support networking and research visits, in Japan, through effective engagement with key stakeholders (e.g. JAEA, MEXT, JST, TEPCO, NSRA) and creation of a Collaboration Directory to match UK researchers with counterparts in Japan.
* Formation of a strong network of academic of 40 academic and research organisations in the UK and Japan, to participate in annual network meetings and collaboration building workshops, together with several key industrial / governmental organisations (e.g. CLADS, NNL, Sellafield Ltd, Tepco, NDF, NDA).
* Creation of a website as a repository of Network activities and outputs for members and other interested parties.
* Joint UK - Japan Meeting and Workshop on Nuclear Decommissioning 2017, associated with the Atomic Energy Society of Japan Spring Meeting, March 2017. Additionally, UK delegates were supported on a visit to Fukushima Dai-ici and Tokai-Mura sites.
* Joint UK - Japan Meeting and Workshop on Nuclear Decommissioning 2018, associated with the Atomic Energy Society of Japan Spring Meeting, March 2018. Additionally, UK delegates were supported on a visit to the CLADS Facility, Nahara Technology Centre and Tokai-Mura site.
* Joint UK - Japan Meeting and Workshop on Nuclear Decommissioning 2019, held in Kyoto, February 2019. Additionally, UK delegates were supported on a visit to t Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, Kyoto.
* Second Joint UK - Japan Meeting and Workshop on Nuclear Decommissioning 2019, held in Manchester, December 2019. Additionally, delegates from Japan were supported on a visit to the Sellafield site.
* Engagement in the intergovernmental UK - Japan Nuclear Dialogue, to communicate the outcomes of network activities and future plans to key policy makers (2016 - Japan, 2017 - London, 2018 - Japan).
* Representation for the UK, to disseminate research outcomes, at the IAEA Co-ordinated Research Project on Management Degraded Nuclear Fuel and Corium, 2016-2019.
* Support and facilitation for organisation of Commercialisation of Fusion - an Anglo-Japanese Conference, held in Cambridge, in June 2019.
* Support for organisation of an IAEA Summer School on Radiation Effects on Radioactive Wasteforms, for early career researchers in October 2016.
* Provision of expert comment and interviews on Fukushima Dai-Ici decommissioning and the role of collaborative UK - Japan research, and related issues, featured in 12 print, radio, and TV media articles.
* Hosting bi-lateral visits for university and industrial organisations from Japan to understand the UK research and development landscape in nuclear decommissioning and the key academic expertise, capability and facilities.
* Delivery of expert seminars on Fukushima Dai-ici decommissioning to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK.
Exploitation Route At this stage, the research knowledge and partnerships formed by the network will be taken forward by end users (e.g. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, National Nuclear Laboratory, and Site Licence Companies in the UK; and their counterparts, NSF, JAEA, and TEPCO in Japan) through participation in network activities and the research stimulated by this engagement. Network meetings and workshops will present an opportunity for end users to present research challenges to network members and engage in intensive problem solving activities, to derive solutions which are rooted in UK / Japan collaboration. The pump priming mechanisms of the Network provide a resource to support these collaborations. End users will be consulted in developing the priorities and scope of proposal calls for pump priming projects, to ensure relevance to end user needs. End users will also have access to outcome reports, which will provide a pathway to impact through knowledge transfer and shared experience.
Sectors Education,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Security and Diplomacy

URL https://juno.ac.uk
 
Description The JUNO network has been successful in growing research partnerships between the UK and Japan to support decommissioning of the legacy of civil nuclear power generation in both nation states. This has generated new joint research projects which are themselves creating new knowledge to address specific decommissioning challenges such as the characterisation and retrieval of degraded nuclear fuels at Fukushima Dai-ici. Several of these research projects have been forged from collaborations fostered by the JUNO network through its annual meetings and collaboration workshops, which have also provided participants with expert and focused insight on shared UK - Japan research challenges in nuclear decommissioning through knowledge exchange. These activities have benefitted greatly from the support and participation of the counterpart strategic authorities (NDA, NDF), site licencees (Sellafield Ltd, Tepco), national laboratories (NNL, NDA) and diplomatic missions, to provide up to date context and needs foresight, to inform collaborative endeavours. The Network activities have also informed the intergovernmental UK - Japan Nuclear Dialogue in identifying and prioritising future topics and mechanisms for bilateral research. A key outcome of this project has been to develop an understanding of the common decommissioning challenges at the Sellafield and Fukushima sites and how advances in waste treatment practice can reduce the volume and hazard of the waste inventory to be disposed of. This understanding informed evidence provided to the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on the Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure in the UK. The evidence was cited as the key basis for Recommendation 2 in the Committee report, "We recommend that the Government clarifies in the NPS the level of uncertainty regarding the inventory and explains to prospective host communities how this will affect their right to reject the GDI at any point during the siting process" - as set out at paragraph 34 in the body of the report. HM Government accepted this recommendation and the National Policy Statement was amended to reference to new paragraphs within the 'Implementing Geological Disposal - Working with Communities' white paper published in 2018.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description NIRAB II membership
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact An evidence submission was made on the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Inquiry on the Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure, by Prof. Neil Hyatt, which highlighted the need to make more explicit assumptions on the waste inventory to be disposed of, and treatment options, since these are critical for public acceptance and the primary drivers of GDF costs and timescales. The advice, informed by expertise developed through EPSRC sponsored research, was cited by the Select Committee in making Recommendation 2 in the report, which states "For transparency purposes, the Government should clarify in the NPS the level of radioactivity that, to its knowledge, waste from the 16 to 18 gigawatt electrical new nuclear build programme would add to the total volume of radioactivity in the GDI and how that will impact the infrastructure requirements of the facility. The Government should also provide details in the NPS on the level of radioactivity from new nuclear build waste as a proportion of the total level of radioactivity in the GDI". http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/business-energy-and-industrial-strategy-committee/draft-national-policy-statement-for-geological-disposal-infrastructure/written/85497.html https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmbeis/1092/1092.pdf In its response to accepting this recommendation, HM Government stated: The Government is grateful for the Committee's recommendation, and in response has now added several references in the NPS to sections within the 'Implementing Geological Disposal - Working with Communities' document. With regards to the host community, the detail on the process for establishing and communicating the inventory is set out within the new paragraphs 6.54 and 6.55 of the published 'Implementing Geological Disposal - Working with Communities' policy document published in December 2018. https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/business-energy-and-industrial-strategy/Government-response-to-the-BEIS-Committee-Report-on-the-draft-National-Policy-Statement-for-Geological-Disposal-Infrastructure.pdf The National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure incorporating the above changes in response to the evidence provdied by Prof. Hyatt was designated in August 2019, and is now the policy of HM Government. The National Policy Statement will be used as the primary basis for the examination by the Examining Authority, and for decisions by the Secretary of State, in considering development consent applications for geological disposal infrastructure that fall within the definition of a NSIP as set out in section 14(1)(q) and section 30A of the Planning Act 2008 ('the Planning Act'). https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-10-17/HCWS18/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-policy-statement-for-geological-disposal-infrastructure
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/business-energy-industri...
 
Description CCFE - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLADS - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)
Department Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Laboratory of Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Hokkaido University 
Organisation Hokkaido University
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A collaboration has been established with the Laboratory of Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Hokkaido University, Japan, focused on the basic science of soft chemical synthesis of nitride compounds, relevant to accident tolerant nuclear fuels. The UK partners are investigating the mechanisms of soft chemical synthesis of metal nitrides and characterisation of the products. The UK team will also contribute to development of joint publications which will be publicly available through open access in a peer reviewed journal.
Collaborator Contribution The Laboratory of Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Hokkaido University, Japan, has provided expertise in the conventional synthesis of metal nitrides by ammonolysis and the analytical determination of N and O content on samples provided by the UK team. The Japan partner also hosted a UK researcher for one week to undertake practical training in ammonolysis synthesis. The partner organisation will also contribute to development of joint publications which will be publicly available through open access in a peer reviewed journal.
Impact The collaboration is multidisciplinary between leading materials science and chemistry research groups in the UK and Japan and is at an early stage, the first joint publication is in process.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Coventry University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Coventry University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description Cranfield University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Cranfield University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2019
 
Description Hokkaido University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Hokkaido University
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2016
 
Description Imperial College London - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in network events
Start Year 2016
 
Description JAEA - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2017
 
Description Kyoto University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Kyoto
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description Kyushu University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Kyushu University
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2016
 
Description Lancaster University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Lancaster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2016
 
Description MEXT - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description NDA - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Nuclear Decommissioning Authority NDA
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant staff from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart organisations in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description NDF: Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation Decommissioning office
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2016
 
Description National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, Japan
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Institute of Technology - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation National Institute Of Technology
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2019
 
Description National Nuclear Laboratory - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation National Nuclear Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2017
 
Description Open University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Open University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in network events
Start Year 2016
 
Description Photon Factory KEK Hard X-ray Beamline BL9 
Organisation High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Application of total electron yield detection to characterisation of ion beam amorphised surface layers on ceramic wasteforms.
Collaborator Contribution Access to and training on Photon Factory BL9.
Impact See publication section.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Queen Mary University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Department Queen Mary Innovation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2017
 
Description Sellafield Ltd - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Sellafield Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2017
 
Description Shinshu University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Shinshu University
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2019
 
Description Tokyo Institute of Technology - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Tokyo Institute of Technology
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description Tokyo University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Tokyo
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2017
 
Description UCLAN - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Central Lancashire
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description UK Embassy in Japan 
Organisation British Embassy Tokyo
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have worked closely with the British Embassy in Japan to organise events and visits of the JUNO network in Japan, including joint sessions at the Atomic Energy Society of Japan spring meetings, site visits (e.g. to Fukushima Dai-ici), networking meetings to bring together research leaders from the UK and Japan, collaboration forming meetings with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, and engagement with the intergovernmental UK / Japan Nuclear Dialogue. We have also worked closely in selecting the key research leaders to participate in these events.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners in the British Embassy in Japan have supported the activities of the network through matched financial and in kind support (to deliver in country networking events and scientific meetings) and access to the science and innovation network to connect with key stakeholders in Japan with whom we need to engage.
Impact Key outcomes include: * Joint sessions in the Atomic Energy Society of Japan spring meetings to showcase joint UK / Japan research; * Networking workshops to stimulate and nurture new bilateral collaborations; * Research visits to the Fukushima Dai-ici and JAEA Tokai sites to facilitate knowledge transfer; * Participation in the intergovernmental UK / Japan Nuclear Dialogue - to communicate network activities and outcomes.
Start Year 2016
 
Description University College London - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Bangor - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Bangor University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in network events
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Birmingham - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2016
 
Description University of Bristol - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2016
 
Description University of Cambridge - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Cambridge Neuroscience
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Huddersfield - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Huddersfield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Leeds - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2016
 
Description University of Liverpool - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Manchester - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation Manchester University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2016
 
Description University of Reading - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Reading
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Strathclyde - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the University of Strathclyde in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The University of Strathclyde has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in network events
Start Year 2016
 
Description University of Surrey - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2017
 
Description Yamagata University - Participation in JUNO Network Activity 
Organisation University of Yamagata
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The JUNO network has facilitated the participation of relevant researchers from the partner organisation in the activities of the JUNO network, including: annual research and workshop meetings and, subject to availability, in country visits, with the aim of building partnerships with counterpart expertise in Japan.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organisation has contributed to the development of the JUNO network through participation in its activities within its domain of expertise and engaging in effective knowledge exchange with counterpart researchers in Japan.
Impact Participation in JUNO Network Activity
Start Year 2019
 
Description 3rd UK - Japan Nuclear Forum, UK Embassy, Tokyo, Japan. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was invited to attend the 3rd UK - Japan Nuclear Forum at the UK Embassy, Tokyo, on 5 February 2019, as the lead of the JUNO network and a joint research project funded under the UK - Japan EPSRC / MEXT civil nuclear programme. The event provided an opportunity to disseminate (by poster, literature and face to face discussion) the activities and outcomes of the network and project to industry leaders, policy makers, and senior academics in Japan, and promote wider UK - Japan collaboration in nuclear energy and decommissioning. Several follow up requests for further information were received following the event and three new collaborations are under development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description A long term solution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Claire Corkhill was invited by RWM Ltd to present a short video explaining the benefits of geological disposal of radiaoctive wastes, in recognition of her expertise developed through several EPSRC research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoPSaWV-tQU
 
Description Bilateral UK- Japan research collaboration workshop and reception at Spring Meeting of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, 27 March 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A half day workshop and networking reception to promote UK - Japan collaboration in civil nuclear energy was organised at the Spring Meeting of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, 27 March 2018, in Osaka, in partnership with the UK Embassy in Japan. The workshop involved 30 participants from the UK and Japan, exchanging presentations on their research and collaboration interests, followed by an expert panel session on joint research challenges and priorities for Sellafield and Fukushima Dai-ici decommissioning. The JUNO network organised the programme, facilitated discussion, and supported attendance and participation by 15 UK research leaders from universities and research organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Can Japan's 'Recovery Olympics' heal Fukushima's nuclear scars? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media interview on Fukushima recovery operations informed by project related UK - Japan engagement and research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/can-japan-s-recovery-olympics-heal-fukushima-s-nuclear-scars-n111...
 
Description Chernobyl: uncovering the mystery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk on the cause of the Chernobyl and Fukshima melt downs and the role of our EPSRC sponsored research in supporting the clean up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Co-ordinated Research Project on Management Degraded Nuclear Fuel and Corium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Collaborative integrated knowledge exchange project to share understanding of degraded fuel and corium characterisation and treatment. Research outcomes will form an IAEA technical document.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Collaboration building meeting with Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 30 March 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A bilateral meeting was organised with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency to showcase joint UK / Japan research in civil nuclear energy and potential opportunities for future collaboration. The meeting highlighted characterisation and retrieval of corium material at Fukushima as a topic of particular interest, which seeded a successful grant application under the phase four of the UK EPSRC / Japan MEXT civil nuclear energy collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Commercialisation of Fusion - an Anglo-Japanese Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The JUNO network supported The Open University (UK) and Kyoto University (Japan) in organizing the Commercialisation of Fusion - an Anglo-Japanese Conference, at Hughes Hall Cambridge, from 24-25 June 2019. The meeting was organised with the intention of allowing participants involved in the development of fusion energy, particularly small-scale applications, to exchange views on the prospects for the commercial realisation of fusion in an informal setting. Presentation were made by representatives of fusion technology companies regarding progress with their design concepts. These concepts covered a range of approaches to fusion including magnetic confinement, inertial confinement and a fission-fusion hybrid concept. The JUNO network supported the development of the conference agenda and attendance of keynote speakers from Japan to provide expert perspectives on these topics. The meeting enabled researchers, from both industry and academia, in the UK and Japan to update each other on progress with concepts for the commercial civil application of nuclear fusion science. The event has strengthened the links between researchers in the two countries. One tangible outcome is a proposal for joint work between Kyoto University, the Open University and Imperial College concerning the possible use of fusion energy for the sequestration CO2. using
biomass or waste products as a feedstock.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Engineers develop a 'lava-like' material similar to the highly radioactive molten nuclear fuel created during the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters to investigate ways to clean up the ruined power station sites 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage of grant produced research which developed public understanding of the management of degraded and damaged nuclear fuels at Fukushima and Chernobyl sites, based on media and public feedback
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7946897/Engineers-develop-material-similar-highly-ra...
 
Description Focus session on UK - Japan collaboration at the UK Nuclear Academics Discussion Meeting 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A focus session on UK - Japan research collaboration in support of Sellafield and Fukushima decommissioning was held at the UK Nuclear Academics Discussion Meeting 2020, with the attendance of ca. 80 academics, policy makers, and industrialists. The session summarised the history and opportunity for UK - Japan collaboration and supporting activities undertaken by the JUNO network. Mr. Roger Cowton of Sellafield Ltd contributed an invited presentation outlining the common decommissioning challenges identified at the Fukushima and Selalfield sites, identified by Sellafield Ltd working with its Japanese counterparts. The session also included a joint UK - Japan presentation from leaders of a successful joint EPSRC / MEXT funded project, which focused on disseminating both the good practice of the collaboration and research outcomes. This was followed by a discussion on the strengths and lessons learned from joint research to date and the opportunities for developing and supporting new and existing collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Focus session on UK - Japan research collaboration on nuclear decommissioning at the UK Nuclear Academics Discussion Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A focus session on UK - Japan research collaboration on nuclear decommissioning at the UK Nuclear Academics Discussion Meeting, held at Bangor University, 10-11th September 2019. The session presented an introduction to the JUNO network, reviewed its recent activities and disseminated planned future activities and mechanisms for supporting the initiation and development of UK - Japan research collaborations. Dr. Roger Cowton, Sellafield Ltd., attended as a keynote speaker to present the common challenges in UK - Japan decommissioning, identified through co-operation with TEPCO Ltd, and prioritised research needs. Prof. Barry Lennox and Prof. So Kamada presented a successful exemplar of a UK - Japan joint research project, disseminating primary research outcomes to support decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-Ici and the key benefits arising from joint research. A short discussion segment was also facilitated which further explored the opportunity and need for joint research and the challenges and benefits of the collaborative research programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description IAEA Summer School on Radiation Effects on Radioactive Wasteforms 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised Joint ICTP-IAEA Workshop on Radiation Effects in Nuclear Waste Forms and their Consequences for Storage and Disposal, 12-16 September 2016, with engagement of over 30 international researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://indico.ictp.it/event/7633/
 
Description JUNO website: www.juno.ac.uk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A website was created to disseminate the mission, aims, objectives and support mechanisms of the JUNO network; this has served as the first point of contact for members and interested parties to find out more about the network, access presentations and reports, and request further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://juno.ac.uk
 
Description Joint ICTP-IAEA Workshop on Radiation Effects in Nuclear Waste Forms and their Consequences for Storage and Disposal 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Workshop aimed to gain awareness on the most recent findings of research into radiation effects in nuclear waste forms and their role for waste storage and disposal. It specifically aimed to contribute to the transfer of specific knowledge to Member States towards their capacity building efforts and competence in nuclear waste immobilisation and disposal. The workshop was attended by 35 participants from 18 nation states, including experienced and early career researchers from universities, industry and government laboratories.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://indico.ictp.it/event/7633/overview
 
Description Joint Meeting and Workshop of UK - Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The JUNO network organised it annual Joint Meeting and Workshop of UK - Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme, in partnership with NSRA, from 10-11 December 2019, in Manchester, UK. The JUNO network worked with NSRA to develop the meeting and workshop agenda and identify key researchers from Japan to participate in the workshop, with attendance part supported by network. The meeting and workshop provided the participants with an overview of decommissioning strategy in the UK and Japan and, through facilitated dialogue, identify the key shared research challenges and collaborations required to address them. Additionally, the meeting brought together leaders and researchers in the EPSRC / MEXT funded UK - Japan research programme on civil nuclear energy, to showcase the research outcomes, share experience, and promote networking within the UK and with Japan. The meeting attracted 58 participants: 21 delegates from universities, research organisations and industry in Japan, and 37 from counterparts in the UK. The meeting also attracted the Managing Director of the Technology Strategy Group of the Nuclear Decommissioning Forum in Japan, and the Research Manager of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the UK, who provided comprehensive and reciprocal overviews of the strategy, progress and research needs of decommissioning in the UK and Japan. This was complemented by presentation from a selection of joint EPSRC - MEXT sponsored UK - Japan research projects, which disseminated key research outcomes and reflected on the challenges, opportunities and benefits of the joint research programme. The workshop element of the meeting comprised four structured and facilitated sessions to identify the needs and themes for future UK - Japan collaborative research in nuclear decommissioning, and develop bi-lateral and multi-lateral partnerships to develop research proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Joint Workshop for the UK-Japan Civil Research Programme: Nuclear Decommissioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The JUNO Network co-organised, with the Nuclear Safety Research Association (Japan), a workshop from 6 - 7 February to develop UK - Japan collaboration in nuclear decommissioning. An open process was managed to select a UK team of 25 senior and early career research leaders, to attend a two day workshop in Kyoto, with counterparts in Japan, with the aim of defining common research challenges in UK - Japan nuclear decommissioning to inform future funding calls to the joint civil nuclear research programme. Delegates worked through a series of facilitated sessions to capture and prioritise research challenges, methodologies, and facility requirements. Participant feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with ca. 95% of participants indicating that the event had met or exceed their expectations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jointly organised a session at the Atomic Energy Society of Japan Spring Meeting, to showcase outcomes of joint UK EPSRC / Japan MEXT projects, Tokai, Japan, 29 March 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A session was organised at the Atomic Energy Society of Japan Spring Meeting in Tokai, which took place on 29 March 2017, to showcase joint UK / Japan research in the civil nuclear energy programme. The session attracted ca. 50 participants and elicited discussion both on the technical aspects of the research and the opportunities and benefits of UK / Japan collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Letter to the Guardian: Strategies for nuclear weapons and waste 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt published a letter in The Guardian newspaper in response to an earlier article on radioactive waste, highlighting the need for a sustainable and definite end solution, informed by EPSRC sponsored research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/07/strategies-for-nuclear-weapons-and-waste
 
Description Low radioactivity materials could aid in Chernobyl and Fukushima clean-up 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage of grant produced research which developed public understanding of the management of degraded and damaged nuclear fuels at Fukushima and Chernobyl sites, based on media and public feedback
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2020/01/low-radioactivity-materials-could-aid-in-chernobyl...
 
Description Organised: MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management Symposium, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised the MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management Symposium, 2018, which attracted more than 100 experts from around the world for a 4 day symposium on state of the art research outcomes in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in International Glass Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in International Glass Working Group - dissemination of research outcomes from multiple EPSRC sponsored projects with the aim of developing a state of the art unified model for glass corrosion, relevant to radioactive waste disposal; participation in expert group designing collaborative international experiments using International Standard Glass.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participation in Seventh UK / Japan Nuclear Dialogue, London, 24-25 October 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The JUNO network was invited to present its mission and activities supporting joint UK / Japan research in civil nuclear energy at the 7th UK - Japan Nuclear Dialogue, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tokyo, Japan, co-chaired by Prof Robin Grimes (Chief Scientific Adviser, FCO, UK) and Mr Kawasaki,(Deputy Director-General, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, MOFA, Japan). The meeting was attended by senior policy makers in civil nuclear energy in the UK and Japan (including representatives of BEIS and MEXT). Participants from Japan requested further information on the network and its activities to disseminate to key research leaders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/seventh-annual-uk-japan-nuclear-dialogue
 
Description Participation in Sixth UK / Japan Nuclear Dialogue, London, 26-27 October 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The JUNO network was invited to present its mission and activities supporting joint UK / Japan research in civil nuclear energy at the 6th UK - Japan Nuclear Dialogue, which took place at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, co-chaired by Prof Robin Grimes (Chief Scientific Adviser, FCO, UK) and Mr Makoto Hayashi (Director, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, MOFA, Japan). The meeting was attended by senior policy makers in civil nuclear energy in the UK and Japan (including representatives of BEIS and MEXT). Participants from Japan requested further information on the network and its activities to disseminate to key research leaders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sixth-annual-uk-japan-nuclear-dialogue
 
Description Participation in expert panel on decommissioning Fukushima Dai-ici at ICONE 26 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in expert panel on decommissioning Fukushima Dai-ici at ICONE 26, London, UK, and contribution of UK research groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at UK - Japan Technology Showcase, Tokyo, 26 March 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to audience at joint UK / Japan networking and collaboration building workshop, to disseminate the role and opportunities of the JUNO network in supporting bilateral collaboration in civil nuclear energy. The presentation elicited interest from new members to join the network and participate in its activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://junouk.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/juno-jst-workshop-2017.pdf
 
Description Radiation affected robots in decommissioning the Fukushima Dai-ici site 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A recorded interview with the PI was broadcast on Sputnik Radio - World in Focus, 6 March 2017, giving an up to date assessment of the situation at Fukushima Dai-ici and the problematic effects of radiation fields on the performance and failure of robots used in the decommissioning process; the broadcast elicited direct contact from members of the public interested in finding out more about our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Radio Interview: Fukushima - Japan begins removal of nuclear fuel from reactor site 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Claire Corkhill was invited to discuss the challenges of Fukushima clean up and the role of UK - Japan collaborative research, highlighting examples on treatment of fuel debris and spent high dose adsorbents, on the radio station BBC Newshour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Royal Society Workshop on Nuclear Co-Generation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was invited to participate in the Royal Society meeting on Nuclear Co-generation in recognition of his expertise in radioactive waste management developed through several EPSRC research projects, outcomes from which were highlighted in discussion contribution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Second visit from Deputy Manager of the Nuclear Fuel Department of Marubeni Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As a follow up to an earlier visit, the Deputy Manager of Deputy Manager of the Nuclear Fuel Department of Marubeni Corporation visited the University of Sheffield in October 2019, to tour the HADES / MIDAS research facility and to discuss the potential for sponsored and partnership with Japanese universities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar on Nuclear Decommissioning from Tepco Ltd. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The JUNO network hosted an expert seminar by Mr Naoto Yagi, Manager of Nuclear Affairs at Tepco Ltd, presented an expert seminar on decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-ici, in December 2019, at the University of Sheffield, to an audience of ca. 60 postgraduate and undergraduate students, and research staff. This was followed by a lively question and answer session, which explored topical issues such as the management of radioactive waster on the Fukushima site and recovery of the core-melt down products, prompted by the seminar. Mr. Yagi also engaged in discussion of potential career opportunities and pathways within the nuclear industry in Japan and Tepco in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Singapore Today - radio interview on UK - Japan collaborative research to support Fukushima clean up 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was invited to discuss the challenges of Fukushima clean up and the role of UK - Japan collaborative research, highlighting examples on treatment of fuel debris and spent high dose adsorbents, on the radio station Singapore Today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TUC Congress: Panel Debate on Nuclear Decommissioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Claire Corkhill was invited to participate in an Expert Panel Debate on Nuclear Decommissioning at the TUC Congress, in recognition of her expertise developed through several EPSRC research projects, outcomes of which were highlighted in the opening remarks and panel debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TV interview with Channel News Asia: treatment of contaminated water at Fukushima 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was invited to discuss the challenges posed by contaminated water treatment on the Fukushima site and the role of UK - Japan collaborative research, highlighting examples on treatment of fuel debris and spent high dose adsorbents, on the TV station Channel News Asia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK - Japan Collaborative Research Showcase in Nuclear Decommissioning at Spring Meeting of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, 27 March 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In partnership with the UK Embassy in Japan, a UK - Japan Collaborative Research Showcase in Nuclear Decommissioning was organised at Spring Meeting of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, on 27 March 2018. The JUNO network supported attendance by 15 UK delegates from universities and research organisations. The UK and Japan PIs (or their delegates) of joint UK - Japan EPSRC / MEXT research projects presented the key outcomes of their research in Phase 1-3 projects to an audience of ca. 100 conference delegates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK / Japan Technology Showcase, 26 March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A networking event organised to bring together research leaders in civil nuclear energy in Japan and UK. Approximately 40 participants co-created a set of research challenges around themes in nuclear decommissioning, waste management, environmental remediation and reactor technology to identify and prioritise UK - Japan collaboration. The networking was successful in developing new collaborations which were successful in grant application for the fourth phase of the UK EPSRC / Japan MEXT collaboration in civil nuclear energy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UK research leaders visit to Fukushima Dai-ici, 28 March 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A visit to the Fukushima Dai-ici site was organised for 12 UK research leaders to engage with experts in the site decommissioning company (TEPCO). Participants engaged in a technical presentation and guided tour of the site and facilities by TEPCO staff. The field trip assisted the UK team in focusing the development of research and grant proposals to address specific site needs and informed the development of taught course materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UK researchers simulate nuclear lava to help manage Chernobyl fallout 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage of grant produced research which developed public understanding of the management of degraded and damaged nuclear fuels at Fukushima and Chernobyl sites, based on media and public feedback
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.theweek.in/news/sci-tech/2020/01/30/uk-researchers-simulate-nuclear-lava-to-help-manage-...
 
Description Visit from Deputy Manager of the Nuclear Fuel Department of Marubeni Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Deputy Manager of Deputy Manager of the Nuclear Fuel Department of Marubeni Corporation visit the JUNO network at the University of Sheffield in July 2019, to discuss the potential for sponsorship of collaborative research with UK universities. The role of the JUNO network and joint EPSRC - MEXT sponsored UK - Japan research programme was presented, together with an overview of the strategic nuclear R&D capability within the UK academic sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit from Fukushima College 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The JUNO network facilitated a visit by the Vice Principal and three academic staff of Fukushima College to the University of Sheffield in March 2019. The visitors toured the facilities available in the University of Sheffield to support nuclear decommissioning research. Reciprocal presentations were made on research and training activities of Fukushima College and The University of Sheffield, in the field of radioactive waste management. The role and activities of the JUNO network were also presented, together with an overview of the wider research strengths in nuclear decommissioning within the UK academic sector. The participants also discussed the potential for placement of undergraduate researchers from Fukushima College to UK universities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit from from the Japanese Citizens' Nuclear Information Center 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The JUNO network facilitated a visit by a delegation from the Japanese Citizens' Nuclear Information Center to the University of Sheffield on 13 September 2019. The purpose of the visit was to understand current UK - Japan collaborative R&D and the latest developments in technology to immobilise and dispose of the UK plutonium stockpile, in particular the hot isostatic pressing approach developed by the Sheffield team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/energy/immobilising-japans-plutonium
 
Description Visit of research leaders from Japan in nuclear decommissioning to Sellafield site UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The JUNO network organised a visit to the Sellafield site for 20 delegates from universities and industry in Japan, to improve their knowledge of UK nuclear decommissioning and showcase progress and innovation. The visitors toured the ThORP separation plant, fuel storage facility and Calder Hall Unit 1, the latter included a visit to the control room and viewing of the reactor floor, which was particularly appreciated. Additionally, a bus tour of the site was organised, enabling the participants to understand the scale and complexity of decommissioning at Sellafield, in relation to Fukushima Dai-Ici. The visit was kindly sponsored by Sellafield Ltd, who also provided an introductory presentation covering the history of site operations and the future decommissioning plan, delivered by Dr Roger Cowton, Head of External Affairs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit to Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science and Nahara Technology Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A visit for 15 senior and early career researchers was organsied to the Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science and Nahara Technology Centre, Japan on 28 March 2018. The facilities toured included the core melt down experiment and analytical laboratories at CLADS and robot test deployment environment at NTC, providing UK delegates with first hand insight and understanding of state of the art research facilities available in Japan to support collaboration. Additionally, two seminars were delivered by the CLADS Director and research leads, providing an overview of all available research facilities and capabilities, their technical specification, mechanisms for access and opportunities for collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, Kyoto University. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A visit for 25 senior and early career researchers was organsied to Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, Kyoto University, Japan on 8 February 2019. The facilities toured included the Kyoto University Research Reactor and Critical Assembly, providing UK delegates with first hand insight and understanding of state of the art research facilities available in Japan to support collaboration. Additionally, two expert seminars were delivered by the Deputy Director of the Institute, providing an overview of all available facilities and capabilities, their technical specification, mechanisms for access and opportunities for collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit to Tokai Mura nuclear research site 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A visit for 15 senior and early career researchers was organsied to the Tokai Mura nuclear research facility, Japan on 29 March 2018. The facilities toured included the critical assembly and actinide hot cell facilities, providing UK delegates with first hand insight and understanding of state of the art research facilities available in Japan to support collaboration. Additionally, seminars were delivered by the Deputy Director and research leads, providing an overview of all available research facilities and capabilities, their technical specification, mechanisms for access and opportunities for collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Why Scientists Are Recreating the Chernobyl Disaster 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage of grant produced research which developed public understanding of the management of degraded and damaged nuclear fuels at Fukushima and Chernobyl sites, based on media and public feedback
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a30716599/scientists-recreating-chernobyl/