Last month, thanks to coordination and support from the NRDC and N*Squared, several of us were lucky enough to visit Washington DC during the week of the Nuclear Security Summit for a series of presentations and meetings about what we’ve been up to, what we’ve produced that people might make use of, and who we might be able to further collaborate with.
The week’s events kicked off with a day-long workshop hosted at the NRDC’s offices, attended by emergency response planners, radiation monitoring program directors, and nuclear security program researchers and advisors from the Green Cross International Environmental Security and Sustainability Programme; the MacArthur Foundation’s Nuclear Challenges/International Peace & Security program; DOE/NNSA; FEMA; the Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS); the Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness of the Fire Department of New York; Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security; and Harrisburg PA/Three Mile Island Emergency Management Division. These invited attendees were joined by Bemnet Alemayehu and Matthew McKinzie of NRDC’s Nuclear Program; Erika Gregory of N*Squared; Safecast advisors Ray Ozzie and Dan Sythe; and Safecasters Sean Bonner, Pieter Franken, Joe Moross, Azby Brown, and Edouard Lafargue. The workshop was marked by open-minded thinking and a very supportive atmosphere, with each participant giving a brief introduction to their programs which highlighted their concerns and areas of responsibility, and worked towards identifying areas for potential collaboration and mutual involvement.
A video of our presentation at SSNF has been posted online (the actual presentation starts at about 03:50)