About the Program

Each year PONI hosts four conferences that bring together people from across the nuclear enterprise to discuss a range of nuclear issues.

Benefits/Opportunities

The PONI yearly conference series brings together junior and senior level professionals from the laboratories, the military, and industry, academia and policy sectors to hear selected presentations on nuclear weapons infrastructure, strategy and policy. PONI holds three regional conferences – on military bases, national labs, and CSIS headquarters – and then a fourth Capstone Conference at United States Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska. The Capstone Conference features selected presentations from preceding regional conferences and offers individuals an opportunity to present their work to senior leadership from across the nuclear enterprise. Those who present at the Capstone Conference will also be invited to publish a paper based on their presentation in a journal produced by CSIS.

Each PONI Conference features (usually four) panels of selected presentations on a wide range of nuclear issues. They span 1.5 days: day one begins with breakfast and concludes with an evening dinner and keynote address; day two begins with breakfast and usually ends after lunch. Additionally, to foster more candid exchanges among participants, all comments made at the conferences are off-the-record – we thank you advance for honoring it.

How to Apply

PONI is accepting presentation proposals on a rolling basis for our 2020 Conference Series. The PONI conference series brings together a diverse community of professionals from across the nuclear enterprise to discuss a wide range of nuclear issues. PONI conferences are unique in the high value that they place on highlighting new faces and emerging experts in the field, as panels feature some of the best and brightest young professionals. The conference presentations for the upcoming year will focus on, but will not be limited to, the topics listed in the PONI 2020 Conference Series Application Information. Travel support is available for presenters lacking university or organizational funding.

While we review proposal submissions on a rolling-basis there are deadlines to be considered for the upcoming conferences.

  • Fall Conference: Submit proposal by August 31st
  • Winter Conference: Submit proposal by October 30th

Presentations proposals should include the following:

  1. The attached PONI 2020 Conference Series Proposal
  2. Resume in a separate file
  3. Letter of Recommendation

Please submit presentation proposals to poni@csis.org. Proposals will be considered for all 2020 PONI Conferences, unless applicant specifies otherwise:

See attached flyer for more details on the 2020 research agenda and topics of interest for the upcoming year.

2020 PONI Conference Series Schedule

Summer Conference: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | June 23-24, 2020

Fall Conference: TBD

Winter Conference: Center for Strategic and International Studies | December 9-10, 2020

Capstone Conference: STRATCOM, Offutt AFB in Nebraska | April 2021
PONI will select top presenters from 2020 Conference Series to the Capstone Conference

2019 PONI Conference Series Schedule

Summer Conference: Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico | July 9-10, 2019

Fall Conference: Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Georgia | October 16-17

Winter Conference: Center for Strategic and International Studies | December 11-12

Capstone Conference: STRATCOM, Offutt AFB in Nebraska | April 15, 2020
PONI will select top presenters from 2019 Conference Series to the Capstone Conference

2018 PONI Conference Series Schedule

Summer Conference: Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico | July 10-11, 2018

Fall Conference: United States Air Force Academy in Colorado | October 10-11, 2018

Winter Conference: Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC | December 4, 2018

Capstone Conference: STRATCOM, Offutt AFB in Nebraska | April 30, 2019

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