Nuclear Seminar 2021 - Overview

Nuclear Seminar 2021 - Overview


A seminar presented by the Submarine Institute of Australia in Canberra (postponed to a date TBC)

The Government has committed to building 12 new French designed Attack class submarines in Adelaide.  These submarines will be conventionally powered, however the 2016 Defence White Paper foreshadows a review of future submarine technology to be conducted in the 2020s.  The Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan includes mention that the 12 new submarines are to be but the first phase of a Rolling Acquisition Program of submarines, effectively a continuous building program. The SIA would like to ensure that the future technology review gives serious consideration to nuclear power as a propulsion option for submarines entering service at some time in the 2040s and beyond.


Might submarines lead a nuclear industry in Australia?

Continuing the Conversation


Following uncertainty in relation to COVID restrictions, the Nuclear Seminar has been postponed to a date to be confirmed.  


It is intended that the venue remain as follows:

Australian Strategic Policy Institute

40 Macquarie Street

Barton ACT 2600


Presented by the Submarine Institute of Australia


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In October 2019 the Submarine Institute and UNSW, hosted a single day seminar, aiming to stimulate national discussion on a holistic approach to a nuclear industry. That first event explored the complex nexus of submarine nuclear propulsion with the ongoing debate on the role of nuclear energy in an emissions-free electrical power generation. The ‘conversation’ is to be continued with the next seminar focusing more specifically on nuclear propulsion for submarines and the associated industry. Nuclear powered propulsion should be considered as an option for submarines entering service at some time in the 2040s and beyond.

Keynote speakers include:

The Hon Tony Abbott AC, former Prime Minister of Australia

Emeritus Professor Hugh White, Australian National University

Dr Joanne Lackenby, President, Australian Nuclear Association

Steve Ludlam, former CEO of ASC and experienced leader of UK nuclear sub program

Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC, former Governor of South Australia and Royal Commissioner into The Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Craig Lockhart, Managing Director ASC Shipbuilding

Sam Roggeveen, Director, International Security Program, Lowy Institute

Helen Cook, lawyer and Principal of GNE Advisory


Event Details

Timing             0845 – 1700. Networking Drinks 1700 - 1800 - sponsored by SMR Nuclear Technology


Cost                 $275.00 (plus ticketing costs of $10.08) includes refreshments and Lunch (sponsored by HTR Group)



Registrations are postponed until further notice

Program via this link

Sponsorship Opportunities can be viewed via this link.


2021 SIA Nuclear Seminar

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