Nuclear 101

Everything you wanted to know about nuclear
technology and were afraid they’d ask!

2014 May 5 – 6
Sheraton Hotel, Hamilton, Ontario

The two-day Nuclear-101 course is specifically designed for individuals within the nuclear community (with or without a technical background) who find themselves interacting with the public. The course will provide you with a good understanding of nuclear fundamentals and will not only help you understand how the industry works, but also provide you with the tools to explain to others in simple, factual terms how the technology works, some of the interesting twists and turns of its exciting history, and the important contribution nuclear technology makes to our society.

The course will be taught by three of Canada’s leading nuclear educators, Doug Boreham, Jason Donev and Benjamin Rouben. It will consist of three modules, and will include demonstrations, Q&A, and a discussion of each module’s relevance to public outreach:

  • Energy and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Facts, Myths, and Historical Review of the Nuclear Industry
  • Health Risks of Radiation

Who should register:

  • Anyone in the nuclear community who regularly speaks to the public (or is interested in speaking to the public) and would like to be able to explain nuclear technology in simple, factual terms.
  • Anyone who has ever been asked “difficult” questions about the past, present, and future of the industry – and wishes he/she knew the answer.
  • Anyone who would like to broaden his/her knowledge about Canadian nuclear science and technology: its history, current status and future potential.

How to register:

This outreach course is being offered by the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS).
Click here to register.
The cost of the 2-day course is $495 (HST included), and will cover all materials. Full-time university students may register
at a discounted rate of $300 (HST included). Register early to avoid disappointment.

Venue and Accommodations:

The course will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton, 116 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4V3.

Guestrooms may be reserved Dedicated link for Guestroom Reservations at the Sheraton Hamilton or by calling the hotel at 1-888-627-8161 and requesting the rate for the Canadian Nuclear Society course.

The course will also feature an optional tour of the McMaster Nuclear Reactor on Day 1.
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Brochure

Click here for the brochure.

Course Outline

Click here for the course outline.

Tour of McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR)

As part of Nuclear-101, a tour of the McMaster Nuclear Reactor can be arranged for Monday afternoon, May 5 (around 4 pm or so) – at no cost.  Each tour is conducted by a trained guide or MNR staff member and is approximately 30 minutes in duration. Click here for the map.

If you are interested:

  • Please register for the tour on the N-101 registration site (even if you have already registered, you can log back in to register for the tour)
  • You will need to fill out in advance of the tour a form, which you can find on the McMaster Reactor website: http://mnr.mcmaster.ca/overview/reactor-tours.html
  • You will need to comply with certain conditions (ID, clothing, etc.) to take part in the tour.  These conditions are found on the reactor website, but they are also reproduced below for your information:
    • Each participant must present government-issued photo identification (driver’s license, photo health card, passport, etc.) prior to embarking on the tour.
    • There is a maximum of 10 persons per tour, with no more than 3 tours going through the reactor building at any given time.
    • All tours require that a visitor information card be filled out; tour cards can be filled out in advance and are available here (on the Reactor website).
    • If a participant is under the age of 18, the tour card must be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian.
    • All participants must be at least 11 years old.
    • All participants must wear closed-toe low-heeled shoes and long pants (no sandals, high-heeled shoes, shorts or skirts).
    • Participants' cell phones, cameras, backpacks etc. must be left in the reception office.