ENYGF2017 was an amazing experience. I arrived on Sunday, June 11th, and joined the welcome event which took place in Victoria Warehouse, the main venue of the forum. The industrial background scenery of the location, as well as state-of-the-art stage, light and video equipment was the perfect combination for the ENYGF2017-motto “Innovation in Nuclear: a Rich Heritage and our Bright Future”. The conference started with some welcome speeches and a pub quiz, which was great to get to know each other, while later that evening a local band provided for entertainment.
On Monday the event started with interesting presentations on technical topics on nuclear systems and the complexity of the nuclear site in Sellafield and international cooperation for Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning efforts, as well as a panel discussion on international civil nuclear policy. After the lunch break the conference continued with different workshops and panel sessions, which could have been booked prior to the conference.
On Tuesday I was able to present my bachelor thesis ‘an assessment of thorium as an alternative nuclear fuel’ as part of the technical sessions, which included fascinating lectures ranging from technical to economic and social topics. In the evening we were able to visit the museum of Manchester United in the famous Old Trafford Stadium and have dinner in the Trafford Suite, generously sponsored by Horizon Nuclear Power.
Unfortunately I had to leave for Vienna on Wednesday morning, missing the opportunity to attend technical tours to different nuclear facilities, e.g. Sellafield and JET Fusion Reactor. Nevertheless, this forum was an incredible experience, and I would like to thank those who organized this event and of course the European Nuclear Society Young Generation Network for supporting and enabling my participation in ENYGF2017!
Christoph Weindl, Austria