4 DECEMBER – PUBLIC SESSIONS – TOPIC 20

Day 31 review:

Today’s session explored the potential for developing a nuclear education and research program in South Australia, if further participation in the nuclear fuel cycle were pursued.

The witness was Dr Adrian Paterson, Chief Executive Officer Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Dr Paterson has a wealth of experience in national and international science, innovation and energy policy settings and nuclear fuel cycle issues globally, including his role as General Manager: Business Development and Operations at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company in South Africa. Dr Paterson was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in 2009. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of Engineers Australia and recognised by the Sydney Division as the 2012 Professional Engineer of the Year. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and the South African Academy of Engineering. He holds a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cape Town. His evidence included:

  • The current state of Australia’s workforce capabilities in relation to nuclear technology and whether areas would need expanding to support new nuclear projects.
  • Pathways to developing the education and training programs needed to build a skilled nuclear workforce required for an expansion of nuclear fuel cycle related activities in Australia.

Video and transcripts of each session will be uploaded into the Public Sessions archive.

The next public session is on Thursday, December 10, 2015, in the Commission’s office, 50 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Click here for topic and witness lists for this session which covers Topic 20  – Nuclear education and skills development.