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Nuclear Industry Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  

About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we are interested in all aspects of the nuclear industry. Our role is to:

  • recognise the interests of a broad audience
  • encourage links between physicists in the nuclear industry
  • welcome members from a wide range of professional backgrounds
  • appreciate diverse roles of physicists in civil and defence nuclear industries

You might be:

  • employed in the industry
  • a student considering a career in this sector
  • someone with a general interest in this field

What the group does

We represent physicists involved with or interested in all aspects of the nuclear industry.

We look forward to welcoming you as a member and meeting you at an event.

Download our group flyer (PDF, 1.5MB)

Watch our group’s subtitled YouTube discussion on the UK’s nuclear future.

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Group prizes

We award two prizes each year to:

  • encourage innovation in the industry
  • promote the role of physicists in the industry
  • reward effort and commitment to advancing the industry

The Early Career Prize

This prize is for physicists in the early stages of a career in the nuclear industry.

Find out more about the Early Career Prize.

The Career Contribution Prize

The prize is to:

  • promote innovation in the nuclear industry
  • promote the role of physicists in the nuclear industry
  • reward effort and commitment to advancing the nuclear industry

Find out more about the Career Contribution Prize.

Physics resources

View resources from previous events

Nuclear Industry and Medical Physics Groups joint event 7 June 2019

The event was held at the IOP HQ in King’s Cross and aimed at synchronising the discussion and discourse of two different sectors when discussing radionuclides – a topic becoming more interesting to medical physics as the world begins to better manage and even look past the ubiquitous Technetium-99m. Several experts gave presentations across two sessions and a lively panel discussion of all the speakers drew each to a close. Here are some of the presentations given on the day:

Nuclear education and skills capability: the role of international collaboration, 14 March 2018

Watch the YouTube video on Nuclear Emergency Support Team activities and what it means for the industry, by Jim Gulliford

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From Magnox to Chernobyl, 28 September 2017

60 Years on from ZETA, 14 June 2017

Regulation of UK Nuclear New Build, 17 May 2017

The UK's Nuclear Future, 28 February 2017

Nuclear Security, 15 November 2016

Generation IV Reactors: Opportunities and Challenges, 2 November 2016

Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste, 13 July 2016

Small Modular Reactors – the Real Nuclear Renaissance? 25 May 2016

Nuclear data, 12 April 2016

Farewell to Magnox, 28 October 2015   

Watch presentations from a half-day seminar at the Wylfa Nuclear Power Station that marked the end of the use of Magnox reactors to produce electricity. 

Travels with a Cyclotron, 9 June 2015

Graphite Reactors, 24 March 2015

From Fission to Fuel Gone, 20 November 2014

Innovative approaches to optimise the management of higher-activity radioactive wastes, 17 September 2014

Jules Horowitz Reactor, 6 March 2014

Group events

Find events for the Nuclear Industry Group


Committee and contacts

Chair Mr Dale McQueen, CPhys MInstP
Secretary  Miss Eve Moss, MInstP
Treasurer Mr Tom Calverley, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Frederick Currell, FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Christopher O’Leary, CPhys FInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Andrew Perry, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Andrew Petts, CSci CPhys FInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Jacob Plummer, CEng CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Miss Juliet Porter, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr George Swalwell, MInstP