NNSA to Bring Together Researchers to Discuss Advancing Nuclear Security at Fourth Annual LDRD Symposium June 9

Press Release
May 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that the fourth annual NNSA Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Symposium will be held June 9 at the University of California Washington Center located at 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovation Advancing Nuclear Security.”

The symposium will focus on science and technology that benefit the Department of Energy, NNSA and other national security partners’ missions of nuclear deterrence, non/counter-proliferation, and nuclear energy. Technical topics will include actinide materials science and chemistry, nuclear and plasma physics, and high performance modeling and simulation.

“The LDRD symposium is a great venue to bring together researchers from throughout the nuclear security enterprise and the scientific communities to discuss topics that enable implementation of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “As we invest in the future of research across our enterprise, the LDRD program is a vital tool for promoting world-class science, technology and engineering that can solve vital important national problems.”

The LDRD program promotes highly innovative and exploratory research to respond to present national security mission needs and to anticipate future ones. The program funds projects that pursue technological solutions to the most urgent challenges facing our nation or that promote science and engineering foundations that will lead to new research and development.

The LDRD program constitutes one of the principal means to seed innovative science and new research directions. Based on ideas that come from current research challenges or bold original concepts that anticipate the nation’s future needs, LDRD projects make it possible for the NNSA’s top scientists and engineers to pursue leading-edge R&D that keeps NNSA’s sites at the forefront of science and technology in its mission areas.

The symposium features LDRD technology advancements from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Nevada National Security Site, and the NNSA plants.

Symposium topics will include nuclear counterterrorism, arms control and treaty monitoring, and countering biological and chemical threats. There will also be technical talks and poster presentations by NNSA laboratory researchers relevant to nuclear security. In addition, Victor Reis, Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, will lead a panel discussion on research and development challenges for nuclear security.

Scheduled keynote presenters include: Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy; Don Cook, NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs; Phil Coyle, Associate Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and William Ostendorff, Commissioner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

For more information on the LDRD symposium, visit the LDRD website at: https://ldrd.llnl.gov/symposium2011.html. A registration fee is required. For more information on registration and logistics, call (925) 423-1689 or email jackson2@llnl.gov.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.