Outcomes from debates around nuclear power and the civil nuclear industry could have profound implications for the future of the planet. The importance of finding new ways to address social awareness and understanding of such debates drives our initiative to build The Beam network.
We aspire to make space for more inclusive dialogue around issues such as new nuclear build, the development of new technologies (such as robotics and Small Modular Reactors) and the provision of geological disposal facilities for nuclear waste. Our work is founded upon the recognition that, in a democratic society, technological advances are necessary but not sufficient conditions for enabling civil nuclear power to make its best possible contribution to our national life.
Our vision is to inspire world class researchers to contribute within our network and bring their insight to bear on the global nuclear grand challenges. Through our collaborative, cross-disciplinary research network, The Beam, we are fostering engagement between the nuclear sciences and social research, including anthropology, organisation and business, law, history and science and technology studies.
We are building links with academic, research and industrial partners across the globe and developing an international presence by undertaking and disseminating work that opens up new thinking and approaches to civil nuclear decision-makers. We recognise the necessity for cooperation between industry leaders and those affected by nuclear infrastructure, and we commit to adopting the same spirit of inclusivity within our network.
We place emphasis on those impacted by nuclear power both within its corporate structures and external to them. In this way we expect to bring a new perspective to the key issues of understanding, acceptance and governance of the global industry and offer up alternative pathways for challenge resolution. Our driver is not to promote understanding of nuclear power per se but to foster new ways to build understanding of what shapes our relationships to nuclear technologies.
Our ambition is to generate impact around the collective expertise of a collaborative and multi-disciplined community of academics and leading industry representatives. We seek to better understand how openness to diverse knowledges and perspectives can be harnessed such that we can best contribute to what is becoming a globally important debate.