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Urenco hosts its fourth annual Richie Lecture

06 December 2017

On 5 December, the 2017 Richie Lecture took place at the Science Museum in Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery. Looking at the UK's energy mix, it aimed to inspire students to consider the world’s energy requirements and importance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers.

More than 120 students attended this year’s Lecture and had the opportunity to hear from Shawn Brown, energy engineer and previous winner of the Young Apprentice of the Year award. Shawn shared with the young audience his experience in the energy industry and the important role scientists and engineers will have as the industry changes, including the increase in electric cars and the Government’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050.

The event also gave students the opportunity to explore the Urenco sponsored Wonderlab. The interactive gallery, which features live demonstrations and immersive experiences, has now welcomed more than 360,000 visitors since it opened in October 2016.

Dr Stephen Billingham, Chairman said:

“Urenco is committed to nurturing an interest in STEM subjects, and through our Richie programme, which has been running since 2007, we want to encourage as many young people as possible to pursue a career in STEM.”

“Every day, Urenco and the wider STEM industries rely on scientists and engineers. It is only by inspiring the next generation that we can ensure the UK has the skilled work force required for our ever-changing world, and through our annual Richie Lecture and our partnership with the Science Museum we hope to raise awareness of the vast array of opportunities available to students.”

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About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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