Discovery Workshop Early Bird Rates Ending, Additional Keynotes Confirmed

Registration rates for the Nuclear Materials Science, Processing and Signature Discovery Workshop will increase April 1.  The workshop, to be held May 1-2 on the campus of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, will focus on emerging technologies, techniques and methods for nuclear materials science processing and its applications to nonproliferation and nuclear forensics.

In addition, the following keynote speakers are confirmed for the event, which is co-sponsored by the INMM Pacific Northwest Chapter, INMM Nonproliferation & Arms Control Tech Division and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory:

  • Ambassador Laura Holgate, who served as U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency from July 11, 2016, to January 20, 2017
  • Michael Curry, the U.S. State Department’s Senior Coordinator for Nuclear Forensics Cooperation who leads a team of experts that fosters U.S. government engagement with international partners on pre- and post-detonation nuclear forensics
  • David Kenneth Smith, who has served as the Nuclear Security Coordinator (Forensics) in the Division of Nuclear Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria since 2010
  • Dr. Frank Wong, a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory supporting several nuclear security efforts of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration

The program as of March 28 can be downloaded here. A previously announced speaker, Dr. Klaus Mayer, had to cancel, but Harrison “Skip” Kerschner, Pacific Northwest Chapter president, is very pleased with the speaker lineup.
“Our workshop has excellent speakers and topics highly relevant to today’s world events,” said Kerschner. “We’re also excited about it being the first national event held in PNNL’s new Discovery Hall.”
Workshop Companion Tours Announced
Two companion tours have been tentatively scheduled in conjunction with the workshop.  On the day prior to the workshop, attendees can take part in tours of the Hanford Site's B-Reactor and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory.
The morning tour on April 30 will visit the Hanford Site’s B-Reactor, the world’s first production-scale plutonium production reactor, now a part of the Manhattan Project National Park.  The afternoon tour will be of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) where the Nobel Prize winning discovery of gravitational waves took place.  

The morning tour will last approximately four hours, while the afternoon tour is an estimated two-hour length. Lunch will be available for purchase between the two tours. If you have interest, please email Jim André at  or call 509/372-6991 by Friday, March 30.
To reach the registration form, click here. Early bird rates are in effect through Saturday, March 31, for U.S. citizens; the foreign national deadline has passed. Prices are noted on the INMM website here.