Nuclear Institute

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Nuclear Institute
Abbreviation NI
Formation 2009
Legal status Registered charity
Purpose Nuclear energy in the UK
  • CK International House,1-6 Yarmouth Place, London W1J 7BU
Region served
Neil Thomson
Main organ
Board of Trustees
Affiliations Engineering Council
Website Nuclear Institute

The Nuclear Institute is the professional body representing nuclear professionals in the UK.

It is a charity independent of the industry that promotes knowledge of nuclear energy amongst its members and the public and offers a route to professional qualification for those working in the sector, including nuclear engineers and scientists. It supports and encourages educational initiatives that will benefit the nuclear skills needed for design, build, operation, decommissioning and waste management of nuclear systems. It publishes Nuclear Future journal every two months and holds regular meetings throughout the UK; many evening meetings are open to the public and free of charge.


It was formed on 1 January 2009 from the merger of the British Nuclear Energy Society (BNES), a learned society, and the Institution of Nuclear Engineers (INucE), a professional institute. Both organisations had the same former address. The merger was agreed on 23 April 2008. In 2010 the Institute became a member of the UK Science Council. It is licensed by the Science Council to award Chartered Scientist status to qualifying members.


It was formed in 1962. It had around 1400 members. The BNES formed the Young Generation Network in 1996. Its last President was John Earp.


It was founded in 1959. It was a Nominated Body of the Engineering Council UK. The last President was David Whitworth.


It represents the UK nuclear power industry. It publishes Nuclear Future every two months. It holds conferences and meetings throughout the UK.

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