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 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 2019 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. Travel support is available for presenters lacking university or organizational funding.
Presentations proposals should include the following:
- The attached 2019 Conference Series Proposal Template
- Resume in a separate file
- Letter of Recommendation
Please submit presentation proposals to Simone Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals will be considered for all 2019 PONI Conferences, unless applicant specifies otherwise:
See attached flyer for more details on the 2019 research agenda and topics of interest for the upcoming year.
2019 PONI Conference Series Schedule
Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico | July 9-10, 2019
Location and Time TBA
Center for Strategic and International Studies | Date TBA
STRATCOM, Offutt AFB in Nebraska | Date TBA
PONI will select top presenters from 2019 Conference Series to the Capstone Conference
2018 PONI Conference Series Schedule
Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico | July 10-11, 2018
United States Air Force Academy in Colorado | October 10-11, 2018
Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC | December 4, 2018
STRATCOM, Offutt AFB in Nebraska | April 30, 2019
PONI will select top presenters from 2018 Conference Series to the Capstone Conference.
2017 PONI Conference Series Schedule
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (June 21-22, 2017)
Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana (October 11-12, 2017)
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC (December 5-6, 2017)
STRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NE (April 13, 2018)