National Nuclear Laboratory


Tuesday 24 October 2017

Innovation in Analytical Services – Supporting Sellafield’s Nuclear Decommissioning Mission

A one day ‘challenge’ event at the National Physical Laboratory will see companies bring their innovative techniques, technologies and solutions to meet the challenges faced by Sellafield’s Analytical Services teams. The event is being organised by Game Changers, in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory and GAU Radioanalytical.

The event is being held at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, Middlesex on Tuesday 14th Novemer 2017. 

Game Changers programme lead, Adrian Davis-Johnston: “We are delighted to announce this event, the third in 2017 from the Game Changers initiative and following on from the hugely successful innovation events at Nuclear AMRC, Rotherham, in January and the digital and smart technologies day at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, in April.”

At present, analytical operations take place at Sellafield in a facility that is over 50 year’s old and uses processes that were developed 30 to 40 years ago. 

The current laboratory is being phased-out and the majority of the future work will be performed in the National Nuclear Laboratory Central Lab, a facility which is beingsignificantly re-fitted to meet this demand. 

This presents a great opportunity for new and innovative technologies and techniques to be introduced in support of the Analytical Services teams.

What are the challenges?

The challenges being presented are as follows:

  • Challenge AS1 : Development of existing techniques to further implement, underpin and deliver the Analytical Hierarchy.
  • Challenge AS2 : Development of new techniques to further implement, underpin and deliver the Analytical Hierarchy.
  • Challenge AS3 : Utilise recent development in IT, computing and energy storage technology to transform the analytical operations.
  • Challenge AS4 : Develop new design solutions for Analytical Services facilities to improve efficiency and operability at reduced cost.

Who should attend this event?

The event is anticipated to be of particular interest to businesses and academia in the laboratory technology sector including instrumentation, control and automation.Game Changers and Sellafield Ltd welcome interest from organisations operating in other sectors (oil and gas, biosciences, aerospace etc) who might bring their innovations and technologies into the nuclear decommissioning arena.

Further event details are available at along with more detailed challenge statements and information on how to apply to the Game Changers programme.

Please register your place via Eventbrite at:

For additional information please click on this link. And for a poster of the event to use in your own workplace, please click here