UK PONI is now accepting proposals from members for presentations at the Annual Conference.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UK PONI has had to adapt its plans for the Annual Conference. We still intend that the conference will go ahead on and around the originally planned date of 11th June 2020, with presentations, keynote speeches and presentations from past UK PONI members. However, unless the situation improves significantly this year’s conference will take place in a virtual format. More information on the agenda for the conference will be provided in the coming weeks. We know that many value the opportunity to come together and meet people from the UK PONI community, so we intend host an event later in the year celebrating 10 years of UK PONI, which will bring our community together in a more traditional way. Government controls will remain the key constraint here but we’re currently looking at dates in August and October. To stay up-to-date with UK PONI’s forward plans sign up to our mailing list here.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the UK PONI Annual Conference has established itself as the premier UK forum for developing the next generation of nuclear expertise from academia, industry, government, and the military. By bringing together emerging and established experts from across the nuclear field, this conference series promotes an informed and diverse dialogue on the most pertinent nuclear issues of the day.

We are now accepting proposals from UK PONI members for presentations at the Annual Conference, which will take place on Thursday 11 June at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London. The event will consist of a series of short presentations by UK PONI members, keynote speeches, talks from UK PONI alumni from the first ten years of the initiative, and an evening dinner reception. This conference will focus on the topics listed in the research agenda above. For the presentations from the 2019 Annual Conference please click here.

UK PONI encourages presentation proposals from graduate students, emerging technical specialists, and early career professionals, including those with military experience. UK PONI is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and thus encourages all interested parties to apply, especially those from underrepresented communities. Selected presenters will have the opportunity to: work with members of the UK PONI team to refine their ideas and research; present their work to a broad audience of nuclear experts; and publish a short paper in RUSI’s annual edited volume, The UK PONI Papers. The best presentations from the conference will be put forward to the following year’s US PONI Capstone Conference, to be held at US Strategic Command in Omaha.

UK PONI is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community of nuclear scholars and professionals. We welcome presentation proposals from all interested parties, regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/beliefs or sexual orientation.

Presentation proposals should be strictly no longer than 300 words and should include the following:

Your name, organisation/university affiliation, and position
The notional title of your presentation
A summary of your presentation, which should include an indication of how it links to one or more of the themes identified below
Please send presentation proposals to ukponi@rusi.org by Monday, 6 April. Please include ‘Annual Conference Proposal’ as the email subject. Please note the UK PONI Annual Conference is open to registered UK PONI members only; to register for UK PONI free of charge, please sign up via this link.