UK – Ukraine workshop on research challenges for Chernobyl decommissioning

ChernobylWhen: Tuesday 28 February 2017 – Wednesday 01 March 2017

Where: Halifax Hall Hotel, The University of Sheffield

What: A two day workshop to share knowledge and experience between UK researcher leaders and subject matter experts from the National Academy of Science of Ukraine.


The University of Sheffield is working with the National Academy of Science of Ukraine to support decommissioning of the Chernobyl shelter, 30 years after its construction, supported by EPSRC’s Global Challenge Research Fund.

Chernobyl shelter

The complexity of the Chernobyl decommissioning challenge will require interdisciplinary research to develop the necessary knowledge, technology, and skills. Participants will have the opportunity to identify, scope and plan collaborative approaches to addressing research challenge in radioactive waste management, robotics for decommissioning, and remediation of contaminated land at Chernobyl.

This interaction will prepare participants to respond to a relevant future call for proposals under EPSRC’s Global Challenge Research Fund.


Attendance is free of charge but by invitation only, UK participants need only cover the cost of their return travel to Sheffield.

The meeting will commence at 10.00 on 28 February 2017 and conclude at 16.00 on 01 March 2017.



Overnight bed and breakfast accommodation will be provided on the night of 28 February, with a workshop dinner; refreshments will be served throughout. 

We anticipate ca. 30 workshop participants with up to 10 participants from Ukraine.Participants will be selected to achieve a balance of UK research expertise, but we hope to accommodate all those who wish to participate.


Please confirm your interest in participating in this invent by email to Janet Willmot as soon as possible, and by Friday 6 January 2017 at the latest.

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We gratefully acknowledge financial support for this Workshop from EPSRC, through provision of Global Challenge Research Fund sponsorship to University of Sheffield.

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