The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), an independent body of professional engineers and technologists, believes the hesitant debate on nuclear energy in Australia needs to be responsibly refocused and reliably and factually informed.
I am delighted to announce that the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) will be hosting a two-day conference in Sydney this year with one theme and one theme only: Nuclear Energy for Australia? I have read the draft program, and it is an incredible line-up of speakers covering a huge range of nuclear issues. A veritable who’s-who of scientists, academics, economists and business people will be leaving few stones unturned. I am honoured to be counted among the speakers on the program.
If you are getting the distinct feeling that the quality of discussion about nuclear power and decarbonisation energy supplies in Australia is set to step up in 2013, you are not alone. We now have the AETA report and subsequent CSIRO efutures modelling tool giving very clear indications of the positive role nuclear energy could play. The Zero Carbon Options report is continuing to build momentum and I expect this to continue through next year. Pandora’s Promise will be hitting festival screens from January and bringing the pro-nuclear environmentalist perspective to the mainstream. Now a two-day conference from this independent and highly respected Australian group of engineers and technologists.
Had I foreseen all this in late 2010 when I finally changed my mind on nuclear energy and decided to begin working for change, I would have been very, very encouraged.