The Chemistry Section organised the following events at the 2016 British Science Festival:

A nuclear future?
Nuclear power is a controversial topic, but depending on what you read, it’s either the saviour of the energy market, or a 20th century behemoth fighting off extinction. Audience members found out how researchers use computer modelling to understand nuclear fuel behaviour at the atomic level and discovered how this helps to address storage concerns and bring us closer to a nuclear-powered future.

Chemistry: a circular sustainable future
Audience members discovered chemistry’s role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Avtar Matharu highlighted how the European chemical manufacturing industry must adapt to ensure sustainable consumption through optimising resources, reducing waste generation and engaging the public. He then discussed the demand to train sustainable-thinking scientists to keep pace with the latest developments and transition from ‘brown’ to ‘green’ chemistry.

President 2016: Dr. Avtar Matharu, University of York

Recorder: Dr. Sharon George, Keele University