08:30 – 09:15: REGISTRATION

Refreshments are available during registration.

09:20 – 09:30: WELCOME MESSAGE

Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, RUSI, and Interim Director, UK PONI

09:30 – 10:00: OPENING KEYNOTE

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, PhD, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, US Department of State

Chair: Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, RUSI, and Interim Director, UK PONI

10:00 – 11:15: Panel One: The Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament Landscape

Sara Bundtzen, Research and Policy Associate, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
 ‘(Dis)Information Operations on social media: Implications for nuclear regimes and treaties’

Lucy Millington, Graduate Physicist, Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Are nuclear breakout times an effective way of measuring a country’s proliferation risk?

Liv Muldal El Baz, Postgraduate Student, King’s College London
Strategic stability and the role of space: Challenges and opportunities

Chair: Dr Ana Alecsandru, Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, RUSI, and Programme Manager, UK PONI


A careers fair will take place during the breaks at the conference.

11:45 – 12:30: Panel Two: The UK Nuclear Enterprise and the Sustainability of Nuclear Skills

Ben Goold, Safety Assessment Specialist, AWE
Lacey-Jo Marsland, Safety Assessment Specialist, AWE
The role of nuclear power generation in UK energy resilience

Robbie Lyons, Consultant, PA Consulting
Getting ready to learn: How to enable the UK nuclear enterprise to deliver progressive cost improvement

Chair: Dr Rob Whittleston, Director, International Engagement, Security & Non-Proliferation, National Nuclear Laboratory


Lunch is available for conference delegates.

13:45 – 14:30 Lunch Keynote - Samantha Job CMG MVO

Samantha Job CMG MVO, Director for Defence and International Security, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Chair: Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, RUSI, and Interim Director, UK PONI Director

14:30 – 15:30: Panel Three: Future Nuclear Technologies

Alex Langton, Graduate Engineer, AWE
Kate Taylor, Operations and Technical Support Assistant, NNL
Nuclear waste: A burden from the past or a fuel for the future?

Joshua Mulholland, Scientist, UK Ministry of Defence
Rhiannon McGrady, Senior Business Analyst, MASS
Unconventional uses for non-conventional weapons: a look into exo-planetary applications for the nuclear stockpile

Chair: Paul Jagger, Director, Maritime Mission Systems, Babcock International Group

15:30 – 15:45: BREAK

Tea and coffee is available for conference delegates.

15:45 – 17:00: Panel Four: China’s Nuclear Modernisation and Regional Implications

Zuzanna Gwadera, Research Assistant, King’s College London
A window of opportunity for arms control? Evolving Chinese approaches to crisis stability and nuclear escalation

Seungcheol Lee, Student, University of Edinburgh
Understanding China’s nuclear modernization: Motivations and implications for the global non-proliferation regime

Jamie Withorne, Affiliate, Oslo Nuclear Project, University of Oslo
Pixelated tigers? Assessing the relationship between OSINT, China, and regional nuclear deterrence

Chair: Dr Sidharth Kaushal, Research Fellow, Sea Power, Military Sciences, RUSI

17:00 – 17:10: CLOSING REMARKS

Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, RUSI, and Interim Director, UK PONI

A drinks reception will follow the closing keynote for all attendees who wish to join.