Keynotes Confirmed for Discovery Workshop

The INMM Pacific Northwest Chapter and the Nonproliferation & Arms Control Technical Division have announced that Dr. Klaus Mayer and Ambassador Laura Holgate will be keynote speakers for the Nuclear Materials Science, Processing and Signature Discovery Workshop, to be held May 1-2, 2018, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.


Dr. Mayer, who will serve as the opening keynote, has more than 30 years experience in nuclear science and applications, and has authored more than 150 scientific publications, including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and conference papers. A member of the INMM since 1999, he has held the position of co-chairman of the Nuclear Forensics International Technical Working Group (ITWG) since 2004. Dr. Mayer also contributes to the work of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) and is often called upon as consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency in the area of nuclear security.


Ambassador Holgate 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. In the role, Ambassador Holgate advanced President Barack Obama’s commitment to design and implement global approaches to reduce global threats and seize global opportunities in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security, verification of the Iran Deal, nuclear testing, counterterrorism, anti-corruption, drug policy, export control, and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. She was previously the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction on the National Security Council.


In addition, the following speakers have been confirmed:

• Dr. Paul Thompson, Distinguished Scientist and Technical Coordinator Materials and Analytical Science, Atomic Weapons Establishment UK

• Dr. James E. Blankenship, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Forensics Examiner, Scientific Response and Analysis Unit, FBI Laboratory, Quantico



The workshop is still seeking abstracts until February 15. CLICK HERE to reach the abstract platform.



Registration is open – CLICK HERE. The workshop will be held in the newly finished Discovery Hall on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus. The registration deadline for foreign nationals is March 1, 2018, and you will need to contact the INMM office for more information. U.S. citizens can register from now until the event, but note that fees increase April 1, 2018, as well as another jump for on-site registrations. Prices are noted on the INMM website HERE.