This is a "don't miss" event if you’re part of – or interested in – the national debate about Australia’s energy options.
Nuclear energy for Australia?
It’s a question that is too important to ignore in any examination of Australia’s energy options, but attracts immediate questions about the implications. Are nuclear power stations safe?
What would we do with the wastes? Where would such power stations be located? How would they be cooled? Are they dangerously radioactive? Can they be the source of nuclear weapons? Is the regulatory environment adequate? On the other hand – Could they reduce emissions and help Australia meet its carbon reduction targets? Would they provide low-cost baseload power, able to charge low-emission electric vehicles at night? Would they provide high level secure jobs – and more?
The recent Energy White Paper for Australia
acknowledges the option of nuclear power as a proven low-emissions generation technology and Australia has a potentially strong position as one of the world’s major safe and reliable exporters of uranium fuel.
But nuclear power generation is only considered currently as a reserve technology in the event that other low-emission technologies – wind, solar, geothermal, carbon capture and sequestration and clean coal – prove not to be economically viable to meet Australia’s declared carbon reduction targets.
The Conference will bring together highly respected international and national speakers – representing the broad spectrum of opinion on nuclear power – to lead open debate in this two-day conference on the key technological, economic, social and environmental issues relating to nuclear power generation. There will be significant time for debate and key issues will be captured in a conference communiqué and a subsequent issue of ATSE Focus, the Academy’s bi-monthly issues magazine.
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The ticket price includes lunch on 25 and 26 July and entry into the Cocktail function on 25 July. Registrations for this event will close on COB Wednesday July 17
Three (3) passes: $1,350.00
Five (5) passes: $1,800.00
Individual Delegate: $600.00
Early-bird Individual Delegate: $500.00 (closes COB Friday 3 May)
ATSE Fellow: $250.00
Student: $35.00 (limited quantity)
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS and PROGRAM
DAY 1 - 25 JULY 2013
SESSION 1 – OPENING AND WELCOME – SETTING THE SCENE
DR ALAN FINKEL AM FTSE – President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering “The Academy’s role in Australia’s energy debate”
PROFESSOR PETER GUTHRIE OBE – Professor of Engineering for Sustainable Development and Head of the Centre for Sustainable Development at the Department of Engineering, Cambridge University “The global challenge of sustainability, the energy alternatives and the challenges of nuclear wastes”
SESSION 2 – WHY ARE COUNTRIES USING OR CONSIDERING NUCLEAR POWER?
DR RON CAMERON – Head, Nuclear Development Division, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency “Australia's international roles and the world nuclear energy situation”
MR LEE HEE-YONG – Senior Vice President, Overseas Nuclear Power Projects, KEPCO “Korea's role in the international growth of nuclear power”
PROFESSOR TONY OWEN – Professor of Energy Economics, UCL International Energy Policy Institute, UCL Australia “Sustainable Australian power system development to 2050 – What are the alternatives? Is there a role for nuclear power? How will it impact the economics of electricity supply? What are the security and stability issues?”
SESSION 3 – THE ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES FOR AUSTRALIA
PROFESSOR ANDREW PITMAN – Centre Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science “Climate change - status of the science”
EMERITUS PROFESSOR IAN LOWE AO FTSE – Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Griffith University “How can we better understand and respond to social attitudes and concerns?”
MR BEN HEARD – Director, ThinkClimate Consulting “How can community support for the nuclear option be achieved?”
SESSION 4 – REVIEW OF AUSTRALIAN CAPABILITIES AND ROLES
MR MICHAEL ANGWIN – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Uranium Association “Australian resources and related industry skills, uranium and thorium reserves, mining, processing and exports”
DR CARL – MAGNUS LARSSON – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency “Australian contributions in the nuclear fuel cycle safety, governance and non-proliferation”
DR ROBERT FLOYD – Director General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office “The work and role of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office”
PROFESSOR DALE BAILEY - Discipline of Medical Radiation Sciences, The University of Sydney “Australian achievements in nuclear and related technologies including nuclear medicines”
SESSION 5 – RAPPORTEUR DEBATE – Q&A
Open debate with Rapporteurs
DAY 2 - 26 JULY 2013
SESSION 6 – TECHNOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
DR MASSIMO SALVATORES - Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Nuclear Energy Division, CEA, France “Nuclear technology options - Gen III+, Gen IV, SMRs? - which would be Australia's sensible choices and why?”
MR TIMO ÄIKÄS – Executive Vice President, Posiva, Finland “Waste disposal technologies and management options. "What are the international approaches? How did Finland get community acceptance? What would work for Australia?”
SESSION 7 – TECHNOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
PROFESSOR KEN BALDWIN – Deputy Director (Research), Australian National University “How will Australia deploy other renewable and low emission technologies in the overall low emission technology portfolio?”
DR JOHN SLIGAR FTSE – Managing Director, Sligar and Associates “How will the National Electricity and the grid accommodate the mix of distributed renewable generation and large scale nuclear power?"
SESSION 8 – ECONOMIC AND LEGAL ISSUES
PROFESSOR QUENTIN GRAFTON - Executive Director/Chief Economist, Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics “Comparative costs (LCOEs) and scenarios for low emission technologies available to Australia out to 2050. The 2012 AETA Report findings and the CSIRO efuture Model.”
MR MARTIN NICHOLSON – Author, MN Information Technology Group “How would nuclear power impact the Australian economy?”
SESSION 9 – HOW CAN AUSTRALIA KEEP ITS OPTIONS OPEN?
DR IAN DUNCAN FTSE – “Regulatory systems, inspectorate arrangements, safeguards and proliferation - managing risks - what regulatory arrangements are needed? What needs to be done, when, how and by whom? International collaboration?”
PROFESSOR GRAHAM DAVIES FTSE – Dean of Engineering, UNSW “Education - how would Australia meet its human resource needs? What does local and international collaboration offer?”
DR. PAUL GREENFIELD AO - Chairman, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation "Research and development opportunities - leading edge technologies, needs and capabilities, international collaboration."
SESSION 10 – THE COMMUNIQUE AND SYMPOSIUM CLOSE