The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) relies on innovation to enhance the capabilities of the Treaty’s verification regime as well as to help move the Treaty closer to universalization and entry into force. As the seventh event in the CTBT: Science and Technology conference series, SnT2019 will bring together around 1000 scientists, technologists, academics, students, CTBTO policy makers, members of the media and representatives of organizations involved in research and development that is relevant to all aspects of Treaty verification. Please visit the official conference website for more detailed information.

Students and researchers in the sciences and humanities are also invited to review the conference brochure and submit abstracts. Prospective authors are asked to choose the appropriate theme and topic when submitting the abstract (maximum 200 words) of their presentation. Authors can request either an oral or poster presentation. In addition, authors are encouraged to submit a short and very simple description (maximum 280 characters) outlining the abstract’s main contribution to the SnT2019 goals. The selection of abstracts will be based on quality and relevance to the themes and topics of the conference. The Scientific Programme Committee may reassign an abstract to an alternative topic in order to achieve a coherent scientific programme. By submitting an abstract, authors implicitly agree to the publication of their abstract and presentation material by the CTBTO. Accepted abstracts will be made available online and through the mobile CTBTO Event app and compiled into a book of abstracts, and short descriptions may be used on Twitter. A peer-reviewed collection of publications will be produced from a selection of all abstracts submitted.

Financial support may be available to a limited number of participants. Such assistance must be requested at the time of registration and no later than 31 January 2019. Financial support will be considered only for participants who have submitted an abstract that is approved by the Scientific Programme Committee. Participants are strongly encouraged to first seek travel and participation funds from non-CTBTO sources.

This year, the CTBTO has also launched the “CTBTxSDGs: Innovation Challenge Towards Securing Sustainable Development,” which tasks students and young professionals with investigating potential linkages between the CTBT and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We encourage you to submit a research proposal highlighting your original ideas on how the Treaty and the work of the organization can help to achieve one or more of the SDGs. Successful Innovation Challenge applicants will be mentored by a member of the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) and receive funding to attend and present their project findings at the conference. The deadline for these kinds of proposals, which will then be reviewed and offered support on as they are developed further, is 16 December 2018.