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Thursday, 15 March 2018, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
The Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, What Happened and Why? - A Personal Journey

Mike Weightman, Director, National Nuclear Laboratory

Sponsorship is provided by Scottish Oil Club (Students).

Please make your finalised booking before Monday, 12th March 2018.

Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.

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Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.


Mike will recall the circumstances of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichii and explore the causes and lessons through his own personal journey and involvement. The end point being the essence of what he has sought to impart to MPhil. students at Cambridge University and on-going research.


In addition to his role with NNL, Mike is an independent international advisor to the Japanese Decommissioning Authority for Fukushima Daiichi and the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority, Jordanian government, a visiting Professor at Cambridge University’s Engineering Department, a consultant to the NEA and IAEA and an independent Advisor to several engineering companies.

In 2013 he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath for his services to nuclear safety. Previously, for 7 years he was HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations and CEO of the Office for Nuclear Regulation. In May 2011 he led an international fact finding mission to Fukushima Daiichi. Earlier he was in charge of the investigation into the Potters Bar rail disaster. He is a Chartered Engineer and Physicist.


Neither video nor audio recording is permitted at this event.

Members and guests are invited to convene between 17:30 and 18:00 for coffee/tea and biscuits (pay-bar available). Meeting commences at 18:00. An opportunity for informal discussion between members and guests will follow the presentation in the Cocktail Bar until commencement of the Discussion Dinner (Chatham House Rule) at about 20:00.

Menu: Smoked salmon with cucumber noodles, lime & chili dressing ~ Roast loin of pork, crackling, apple sauce, seasonal vegetables & potatoes ~ Vanilla peach crumble with ice cream ~ Coffee and mints

Wine: Brise de France Sauvignon Blanc Languedoc France 2015 and Brise de France Merlot Languedoc France 2015

Special Venue Information

The Royal Scots Club offers availability of overnight accomodation to SOC members. Directly contract the Royal Scots Club on +44-131-556-4270 or book here.


Bookings for dinner are required. Bookings for you to attend only the presentation are normally not required (unless specified otherwise for a particular event), but we would appreciate if you could let us know anyway since we need to monitor the total head-count. There is no charge for attending the presentation-only.

Send your booking request by email to: bookings@scottishoilclub.org.uk. Please be specific about what you are booking for.

Cost: £35.00 inclusive of VAT.

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