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20 years on… the Dana Centre links live to scientists at Chernobyl in a world-exclusive

Plus Dr Johnny Ball explains why he believes nuclear power is the only way to resolve the global energy crisis

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the Science Museum’s Dana Centre is linking a public audience live to Ukraine - in a world exclusive - to talk to one of the leading scientists studying the fallout from the world’s worst nuclear accident.

Despite the accident at Chernobyl on April 25 & 26 1986, the nuclear power debate rages on. Many leading scientists remain divided about whether nuclear power can help resolve the global energy crises.

Dmitriy Bobro, Head of Chernobyl Issues, Ministry of Emergency Situations will talk about the impact of the accident.

Audiences will also have a chance to hear Dr Johnny Ball, renowned populariser of science and maths, argue how nuclear power is the only clean and viable option for humankind.

Professor Keith Barnham, Imperial College London, will champion the case of renewable energy and explain how photovoltaics (the conversion of sunlight into energy), has the potential to offer the UK a reliable and plentiful power source.

Each spokesperson will devote 15 minutes to his case, after which the audience will have the opportunity to question the experts directly.

The event will take place on the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre - the UK’s only venue for adults to discuss contemporary science, medicine, health and technology.

Chernobyl and the nuclear debate
•Wednesday 26 April 2006, 18.30-21.00
•The Science Museum’s Dana Centre, 165 Queens Gate, London, SW7 5HD
•Tickets to all events are FREE and open to anyone over the age of 18, but you must register on: 020 7942 4040 or tickets@danacentre.org.uk
•Check out the website for full listings www.danacentre.org.uk.

Experts at Chernobyl and the nuclear debate are:
•Dmitriy Bobro, Head of Chernobyl Issues, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ukraine - is one of a group of scientists who have been studying the effects of the nuclear fallout over the last 20 years. The accident killed more than 30 people immediately and vast numbers of people were evacuated because of radiation. In addition, figures from the Ukraine Radiological Institute suggest that over 2,500 deaths were caused by Chernobyl. It will be revealed how the Institute scientists are studying the full extent of the disaster.

•Dr Johnny Ball, TV personality and lecturer in science and maths, will explain how the nuclear industry has evolved since the events in April 1986, and how the global community needs to look to nuclear power for clean and safe energy.

•Professor Keith Barnham, Department of Physics, Imperial College London, will show how renewable sources are capable of replacing the contribution from nuclear energy, as well as discuss the bias towards nuclear research in the UK which is inhibiting the development of alternative solutions

Katrina Nilsson, Events Manager at the Science Museum and Dana Centre said: “The Dana Centre is proud to be the only institution in the world to link the public directly to the scientists arguably at the heart of the nuclear debate.

“The Centre has the ability to link to experts around the world and connect them with our audience here in London. It’s one of the tools we use to make science accessible to everyone.”


Dmitriy Bobro | talks
Mr Johnny Ball | talks | www
Professor Keith Barnham | talks


Date and Time:

26 April 2006 at 6:30 pm


2 hours 30 minutes



Dana Centre
165 Queen's Gate
+44 20 79 42 40 40
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