Mathieu Augustin

by | Feb 15, 2022

Mathieu AugustinPhD candidate at School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

My research aims to refine seismic hazard and improving risk assessment for nuclear power plants located in the UK.

Specifically, I look at the different methods available worldwide for evaluating the seismic hazard, their pros and cons, but also their compatibility with data available for the UK territory.

This research may not only contribute to the field of nuclear safety, but also help to refine the conditions behind automatic shutdown of nuclear power plants and the associated economic impacts.

I obtained my master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering in France and gathered professional experience while working in the industry, research institutes and international organisation in the USA, Germany, Japan and Switzerland.

I then landed in Manchester to start his PhD in structural engineering.

Public engagement highlights

In 2008, I was one of the lead organisers of a three-day symposium titled Nuclear Energy for Sustainable Development, taking place at his University in Caen, France, which gathered over 200 attendees (students, academic staff, industry executives) for discussions, workshops and facility visits. My role focused on raising finance, logistics management and preparing the scientific programme.

As a member and leader of the French chapter of Engineer Without Borders, I organised and led public engagement activities in local high schools on the topic of sustainable development (water, energy, food), as well as frequent workshops for university students.

Since joining The University of Manchester, I’ve participated as a volunteer lead for public engagement events such as ScienceX, Platform for Innovation at Museum of Science and Industry Manchester and bluedot festival.

Best public engagement advice

In anything related to nuclear, do not come with a rigid agenda such as a prepared scientific talk, as it may appear patronising to the audience and may not be accepted.

Instead, ask, listen to and answer the audience’s concerns. Be flexible and keep it as an open discussion, rather than a monologue.