The ENS signature conference came to Manchester this week and it was a very successful week, plus the rain held off. The conference was a good mix of policy plenary presentations and parallel technical sessions with plenty of choice for everyone. I’m not sure how the delegate numbers matched up to previous conferences but I heard somebody say that they were 480 delegates. The exhibition was interesting from a UK perspective. Spain and France put on a real show of co-ordination and strength with all the major players present. The UK on the other hand was very poorly represented and scattered around the room. I heard that the companies did not want to be all together on Stand GB. If all the nuclear universities can work together in collaborations why can’t the industry?