Chairman’s Message

Welcome to the SMiRT 23 and our new website!

Welcome to the SMiRT 23 website. We are now in full swing with Early Bird registrations and collecting the remaining papers for the conference. If you have not registered yet, or arranged your hotel now is the time, and especially if you will be needing to apply for a Visa. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries


The detailed daily programme will be evolving over the next few weeks and the Conference Programme button on the website home page will be updated regularly from now on – so please keep an eye on it. What I can say at this stage is that we will have a full week of stimulating discussion and presentations starting with a complementary Icebreaker Reception at The Lowry from 17:00 to 20:00 on Sunday 9th August. All conference registrants will receive a ticket for this event at registration, which will open at 15:00 also on Sunday 9th at The Lowry.

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,
  • Dr Andy Hall – Chief Nuclear Inspector ONR,
  • Dame Sue Ion – senior government advisor on nuclear matters

There will be over twenty additional leadership and plenary sessions and focused sessions throughout the week including:

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

All this plus author’s papers sessions every day! So it will be a full week from Monday to Friday  finishing with the closing ceremony and farewell lunch on Friday 14th.

Social Programme and Technical Visit

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 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” the worlds first shopping mall?
  • Lime Park – one of England’s famous country houses and scene of filming of many historic dramas such as Pride and Prejudice.

Keep an eye on the “Social” tab for full details of these and more things to do outside of the conference.

In addition The Lowry is providing a complementary evening entertainment on Tuesday 11th and the conference dinner is scheduled for Thursday 13th at Manchester Cathedral – a fantastic venue and a meal not to be missed. This is included in the registration price for all conference attendees and additional guests are welcome at a much-subsidised cost of only £25.

Technical Visit

EDF Generation has very kindly agreed to host a visit to the Heysham site – home of four advanced gas-cooled reactors generating over 2000MW. There will be coach transport from The Lowry to site and back again and the tour will include a plant tour including the pile cap in the reactor building, turbine hall and control room simulator and ample time for discussion with station managers.

For security reasons this tour will require booking before the end of June and provision of full passport details. See the “Technical Tour” tab for more details.

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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