Chairman’s Message

Welcome to the SMiRT 23 website!

We now have over 530 papers in the programme from over 30 countries around the world. With around 500 registrations so far we are all set for a fantastic conference in Manchester next month. Thank you for all those who have registered already; and if you have not registered yet there is still plenty of time. The Early Bird rate is now closed. We do still have discounted rates for full-time academics and those qualifying for the Early Career Award, but the full rate is still competitive for a full week of plenary, focused and papers sessions, and good accommodation at modest cost is still available through this website.


The detailed technical programme is now available under the Conference Programme button on the website home page.  The sessions and times will not be changed from now on, but one or two more are still to be added as work to develop the Divisional Focused Sessions continues. Each day starts at 09:00 and runs through to 18:00 (mid-day on Friday) with all refreshments provided on site.

We are very pleased to be able to announce an impressive line-up of speakers for the opening session starting at 9:00 am on Monday 10th. These include:

  • Professor Bob Ainsworth who has graciously agreed to deliver the Jaeger Lecture,
  • Mr Stuart Crooks – Managing Director of EDF Generation
  • Dr Andy Hall – Chief Nuclear Inspector ONR,
  • Dame Sue Ion – senior government advisor on nuclear matters
  • Senior figures from AMEC-FW and IAEA

There will be over twenty additional leadership and plenary sessions and focused sessions that are also detailed under the Conference Programme button including:

  • State of the art of component fragility of NPPS
  • Small modular reactors
  • Flooding post-Fukushima
  • SC modules and new civil codes
  • Risk-based regulation for external hazards and
  • Future perspective on material ageing

Social Programme and Technical Visit

Applications for the Technical Visit to Heysham 2 AGR are now closed as formalities for visiting the site are extensive – sorry if you are disappointed.

The social programme starts with the complementary Icebreaker Reception at The Lowry from 18:00 to 19:30 on Sunday 9th August – open to all registered delegates and their families. This is scheduled to coincide with the opening of registration at The Lowry from 15:00 to 19:30 on the same day.

Manchester has numerous attractions for families and partners ranging from world class museums and art galleries to major shopping facilities – check out information on this site and the internet for the Manchester and Whitworth art galleries, the John Rylands Library and the Museum of Science and Industry established on the site of the worlds first passenger railway terminal in Manchester. Many such facilities have free entry and we will have a desk at The Lowry on most days to assist with any information required for leisure time in the local area.

In addition, with the support of John Harding from our partner organization The Appointment Group,  we are organising day visits to:

  • Liverpool – another historic city and famously home of The Beatles
  • Chester – roman origins and with its famous black-and-white “rows” and zoo
  • Lime Park – one of England’s famous country houses and scene of filming of many historic dramas such as Pride and Prejudice.

Plus several other fun events during the week. All details and booking arrangements under the Social tab on this home page. Please book soon to secure your place.

In addition The Lowry is providing a complementary evening entertainment on Tuesday 11th (R&B band King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys) and the conference dinner is scheduled for Thursday 13th at Manchester Cathedral – a fantastic venue and a meal not to be missed. Transport will be provided on Thursday evening from The Lowry to the Cathedral from 18:45 pm to 23:30 pm return.

The conference dinner is included in the registration price for all conference delegates and additional guests are welcome at a much-subsidised cost of only £25.

Conference Theme – using existing challenges to champion the next generation

The underlying theme of the conference remains: Using existing challenges to champion the next generation. We are delighted to be co-operating with an IASMiRT initiative to facilitate small-group interactions between experienced and less-experienced engineers during the conference and, as part of this initiative, we have extended the Early Bird registration cost right up to the start of the conference for those qualifying for the Early Career Award (those within the first ten years of starting their career). The Award itself will be made to the author of the qualifying paper judged to be best at the conference and will comprise free registration to SMiRT24, a cash prize of $1000 and an invitation for the paper to be extended for inclusion in the special edition of Nuclear Engineering and Design.

Look forward to seeing you in August!

Dave Shepherd Conference Chairman SMiRT 23
Dave Shepherd
Conference Chairman
SMiRT 23


The Early Career Award

This is an award aimed at students, engineers and scientists within ten years of starting their nuclear engineering or research career. It will be awarded to the individual who presents the paper that is considered to have the most merit in terms of scientific interest and quality. The final decision will be made by the Local Organising Committee based on advice and guidance from the ISC.

The winner will be invited to provide an extended paper in the special edition of Nuclear Engineering and Design Journal, receive a cash prize of £600 (pounds sterling) and complimentary registration to SMiRT24. The award will be presented at the SMiRT23 closing ceremony.

Candidates will be invited to be considered for this award during the final paper submission and registration process which will open in late 2014. The call for abstracts however is open now, so please create an account and upload your abstracts before the 31st October 2014 deadline.

The Thomas Jaeger Lecture

This special lecture, named after Dr Thomas A Jaeger who the founded the SMiRT Conference in 1971, is the most prestigious plenary delivered during the event. We are delighted to announce that Professor Bob Ainsworth from the University of Manchester will be delivering the lecture to open the SMiRT 23 conference on 10th August 2015.

Thomas Jaeger harboured the idea of holding a conference to discuss Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology for a number of years, and finally in 1971 his idea became a reality when the very first SMiRT conference took place at the Congress Hall in Berlin.

Dr Jaeger’s extremely valuable contribution to the nuclear industry did not stop there. In 1965 he also founded a journal specifically aimed at nuclear structures called the Nuclear Engineering and Design Journal (NED), which is still viewed as one of the most highly regarded nuclear publications to date, and one which SMiRT 23 is incredibly proud to have an affiliation with.

It is a real testament to Dr Jaeger’s passion for the industry that 44 years on, the conference and the journal he founded are still highly respected avenues of engagement within the nuclear industry.

Further information on the history of the SMiRT Conferences can be found here:
Source:’A Short History of SMiRT’ by Bruno A Boley, compiled for SMiRT 10 , August 1989
Dr Thomas A Jaeger 5th July 1929 - 21st August 1980
Dr Thomas A Jaeger
5th July 1929 – 21st August 1980

Special Edition of Nuclear Engineering and Design (NED)

We are delighted to announce that the scientific committee of SMiRT 23 are working in co-operation with the editors of NED to edit a special edition of this prestigious journal. Selected papers will be identified during the conference and the authors will be invited to submit extended versions for peer reviewed publication.


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