Professor Robin Grimes is Chief Scientific Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College London. He leads a network of UK academic researchers, supported by the RCUK Energy Programme (led by EPSRC), to ensure effective engagement with industry, and national and international nuclear energy groups.
In this audio interview he talks about nuclear fission research, the long term role of nuclear power in the UK’s energy future, and perspectives on science advice from outside and inside Government. As a nuclear energy specialist he played a significant advisory role to the UK Government in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the devastation it led to at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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