American Nuclear Society

ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo 2016


The 2016 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo is the premier North American conference for professionals and students engaged in all facets of nuclear science and technology.  This unique event includes an embedded High Temperature Reactor Technology (HTR2016) topical meeting, for the convenience and cost savings of attendees. Leading experts from industry, government, academia and the research community will explore the theme “Nuclear Science & Technology: Imperatives for a Sustainable World.”  The Plenary and Special Sessions will focus on the importance of nuclear energy as a key source of clean, reliable electricity for a growing population.

Event Type:
Trade Show/Exhibition
Nov. 6-10, 2016
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas , NV , USA

Attendees will choose from nearly 500 technical sessions over four days, where prominent scientists will present the latest research, trends and innovations, as well as their visions for the future.  

The Technology Expo will offer three days of vendor exhibits and special events.  Visitors will enjoy meals and coffee breaks while taking advantage of opportunities to learn about products and services, network and establish new professional relationships.

The Caesars Palace venue provides opportunities to explore Nevada’s historical contributions to harnessing the power of nuclear energy.  Attendees can enjoy dinner at the National Atomic Testing Museum or take a technical tour of the Nevada National Security Site, previously known as the Nevada Test Site.  

The High Temperature Reactor Technology (HTR2016) topical meeting is the sole international conference focusing on high-temperature gas-cooled reactors, including heat application technology.  Technical sessions will provide forums for sharing peer-reviewed, full-length technical papers covering recent advances in HTR.  

This is a can’t-miss conference for those interested and engaged in the growing world of nuclear science and technology.   Register today.

President’s Welcome Reception – Sunday, November 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

More information will be available at a later date

Opening Plenary: “Building Sustainability in the Nuclear Enterprise” – Monday, November 7, 8:00 – 11:30 am
  • In late 2015, the Federal Government reasserted its support for nuclear energy as a key element of its Climate Action Plan, recognizing that 60% of carbon-free electricity generated in the United States in 2014 came from nuclear power. Ultimately, the success of this vision will hinge on the global nuclear enterprise compellingly addressing key issues of sustainability that will ensure a faster expansion of the nuclear energy option than has been seen to date. These key sustainability issues include: efficient, reliable, and competitive deployment of nuclear energy within a systemic mosaic of carbon-free energy options; continued safe and secure operation of deployed plants; societally-acceptable systemic solutions to the issue of nuclear waste, and an effective and technology-informed framework to resist or eliminate nuclear weapon proliferation. The panelists, each distinguished by their outstanding service toward these objectives in their particular sectors, will represent the full range of government, industry, laboratory, and policy perspectives on building a sustainable global nuclear enterprise.
  • Speakers to be announced.
President’s Special Session: “Identifying the Nuclear Grand Challenges” – Monday, November 7, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
  • At this session, President Andy Klein will kick off a Society-wide project to identify 6-10 ANS Nuclear Grand Challenges that need to be addressed by 2030. An interactive brainstorming session in roundtable format will follow speakers discussing current advanced nuclear technology directions. Ideas submitted during the session will be analyzed and vetted by ANS Professional Divisions, and the selected ANS Nuclear Grand Challenges will be announced at the ANS Annual Meeting in June 2017.
  • Speakers to be announced.
General Chair’s Special Session: “Managing Proliferation and Security Risks in the Nuclear Enterprise” – Tuesday, November 8, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

There exists general consensus on the importance of managing proliferation risks in creating and maintaining a sustainable global nuclear energy enterprise. Although much has been written and discussed regarding “proliferation resistance” (e.g., Generation IV International Forum), and non-proliferation is almost universally stated as an aspirational objective of nuclear technology development, specific strategies and quantifiable metrics to gauge success in meeting this objective need greater visibility in public discourse and deliberation. The invited panelists at this Session will provide perspectives from the laboratory, industry, academic, and government sectors. The relative merits of policy and technology strategies to minimize risks associated with nuclear material security, as well as risks of weapons latency in global nuclear infrastructures will be discussed.

Speakers to be announced.

Sponsored by the Education, Training and Workforce Development Division

and Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society

A poster session open to undergraduate and graduate students will be held at the 2016 ANS Winter Meeting in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, November 8th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Technology Expo. Topics accepted for poster presentations include all tracks included in the full meeting, as well as several topics related to education, outreach, and student section operation.

This poster session is an opportunity for you to present your work at a large meeting of industry, academic, and governmental leaders. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best posters presented.

You and your guest(s) are welcome to join us for dinner at the National Atomic Testing Museum.  The Museum showcases its collection of more than 12,000 unique artifacts in educational and inspiring exhibits.  There is something for everyone to experience in dynamic displays presenting the history of the development and testing of one of man’s most significant inventions, a nuclear bomb.

This event will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Please order your tickets for $80 each early as space is limited.

Continuous shuttles will be available beginning at 7:00 p.m. to the Museum.

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