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 five) 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 ends after lunch.

 

2017 PONI Conference Series Schedule

Call for Proposals 2017 Conference Series

Summer Conference

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (June 21-22, 2017)

Fall Conference

Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana (October 11-12, 2017)

Winter Conference

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC (December 5-6, 2017)

Capstone Conference

STRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NE (April 13, 2018)

2018 PONI Conference Series Schedule

Summer Conference

Los Alamos National Laboratory (dates TBA)

Fall Conference

Location and dates TBA

Winter Conference

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC (dates TBA)

Capstone Conference

STRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NE (spring 2019)

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How to Apply

PONI is accepting presentation proposals on a rolling basis for our 2018 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 research agenda below. Conference dates and locations will be announced in early 2018. Travel support is available for presenters lacking university or organizational funding.

Presentations proposals should be no more than 2 pages (single-spaced) and should include the following:

  • Your name, organization/school affiliation and title of presentation;
  • Overview of your presentation, thesis and argument;
  • Brief description of how your presentation contributes to new thinking on the topic;
  • Resume in a separate file.

Please submit presentation proposals to Will Pittinos at wpittinos@csis.org by Friday, April 6, 2018 if you would like to present in the 2018 conference series. The Summer Conference will take place at Los Alamos National Lab. Other dates and locations will be announced soon.

See attached flyer for more details on the 2018 research agenda and topics of interest for the upcoming year and download application template.