170 members of the European Nuclear Society travelled from all over Europe to meet at their annual conference at the 5 star Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in February 2009.

Held over two days they came to engage in dialogue and share ideas on the way the nuclear industry in the various European countries engage and communicate with politicians, local authorities and the general public.

In between taking photographs I heard some pretty interesting discussions. Most businesses and organisations can learn how to manage their PR from trial and error. That of course is not something the nuclear industry can afford to go by – and indeed it is the rare incidents that do lead to massive learning curves. Thus they have to develop sophisticated scenarios, learn the art of press management, the right kind of terminology to use when there is an ‘incident’ and learn to deal with a highly contentious subject.

The conference was opened by the Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy.

Photos: Nikons D3 and D300. Nikon Lens 70mm-200mm 2.8 and 24mm-70mm 2.8. Nikon SB 900 flash. Most shots using available tungsten spot lights at 800 ISO.

Business source/lead: Recommended by Edinburgh Convention Bureau.

Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy opens the 2009 conference

Jim Murphy being interviewed for the news