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.
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 typically features 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 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 Conference Series Application Information.
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic our conferences are held in a virtual format. When we resume 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.
- Submit by April 5, 2021 to be considered for the Summer Conference
- Submit by July 5, 2021 to be considered for the Fall Conference
- Submit by October 4, 2021 to be considered for the Winter Conference
Presentations proposals should include the following:
- The attached PONI 2021 Conference Series Application Information
- Resume in a separate file
- Letter of Recommendation
Please submit presentation proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals will be considered for all 2021 PONI Conferences, unless applicant specifies otherwise:
See attached flyer for more details on the research agenda and topics of interest for the upcoming year.
Dates for the 2021 Conference Series Coming Soon.
2020 PONI Conference Series Schedule
Summer Conference: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | June 23-24, 2020
Fall Conference: Virtual | October 6-7, 2020
Winter Conference: Virtual – International | December 9-10, 2020
Capstone Conference: STRATCOM, Offutt AFB in Nebraska | May 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