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 Tc-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.


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 group events on the IOP events site.

Newsletter

December 2019 (PDF, 1MB)
November 2018 (PDF, 1.52MB)
September 2017 (PDF, 2.23MB)
September 2016 (PDF, 1.66MB)
October 2015 (PDF, 1.38MB)
September 2014 (PDF, 695KB)
September 2013 (PDF, 474KB)
December 2012 (PDF, 606KB)
September 2011 (PDF, 911KB)

Committee and contacts