An expert from the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences was invited to deliver the key note speech at a high profile Foreign Office event, for the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT).
Dr Lucy Easthope, Senior Lecturer and specialist in forensic science, disaster victim identification and emergency planning, attended the GICNT’s Blue Raven exercise in London this month, which brought together 33 member states.
GICNT is a voluntary, multilateral organisation launched in 2006 to strengthen global abilities to prevent and respond to acts of nuclear terrorism. It has 86 participating states and five official observers, which all endorse the organisation’s commitment to strengthen nuclear security within each country, improve response capabilities in the event of a nuclear incident, and promote information sharing to suppress acts of nuclear terrorism.
Dr Easthope was the opening speaker at the event, presenting her work in nuclear emergency planning. She presented alongside the nuclear leads for the UK, USA and Russia, and fellow speaker Professor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Foreign Office. Professor Grimes has advised the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into nuclear research requirements, and was part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) that provided official advice on the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
The Blue Raven exercise focused on the role of national crisis management centres in responding to nuclear events
Dr Easthope’s work in this area has been supported by the University of Lincoln’s Returner’s Research Fund, which offers an opportunity for female researchers to apply for funding to help sustain research activities during or after their maternity leave.