Mission

The overarching aim of the JUNO project 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.

The JUNO Network will build on the existing portfolio of bi-lateral projects established through the EPSRC / MEXT sponsored UK – Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme [1-3], to facilitate enhanced networking, collaboration, and annual engagement, between the UK and Japan academic communities.  The Network investigators will leverage their experience and existing links to lead Network activities in their domains of expertise.   The priority objectives of the Network were established with due regard to development of the UK – Japan Nuclear Dialogue [4-6]:

1) To deliver an annual meeting for grant holders in the UK – Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme, to promote collaboration and knowledge exchange between these projects.

2) To effectively network the wider UK and Japan research communities in the core themes of the Network, maintaining an agile approach to new priorities, within the framework of the UK – Japan Nuclear Dialogue.

3) To hold scientific meetings / conferences which bring together researchers in the core themes of the Network, in the UK and Japan, together with practitioners in industry and decision makers from government agencies.

4) To deliver activities and initiatives to stimulate and pump-prime innovative ideas and develop research collaborations and proposals in the challenge themes.

5) To engage and bring together, where possible, ongoing research projects, CDTs and Networks in the EPSRC nuclear fission portfolio, to enhance UK – Japan collaboration

References

1. UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme, 2014 (link).

2. UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme Phase 2, 2015 (link).

3. Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme Phase 3, 2016 (link).

4. Second Annual UK-Japan Nuclear Dialogue, 2013 (link).

5. Third Annual UK-Japan Nuclear Dialogue, 2014 (link).

6. Fourth Annual UK-Japan Nuclear Dialogue, 2015 (link).