2012 Workshop on Isotope Federal Supply and Demand

1st Workshop on Isotope Federal Supply and Demand
Co-sponsored by the
Office of Nuclear Physics and the National Nuclear Security Administration

January 11-12, 2012

Doubletree Hotel
8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland

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The Office of Nuclear Physics (NP) in the Office of Science (SC) and the Office of Nuclear Materials Integration in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) are co-sponsoring the 1stWorkshop on Isotope Federal Supply and Demand. Workshop participation is limited to representatives of Federal agencies. The Workshop is to encourage interactions between Federal agencies and departments to avoid potential communication breakdowns that can lead to shortages of isotopes of critical strategic importance to the Nation; such an example is helium-3. The workshop will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, January 11-12, 2012 at the Doubletree Hilton in Bethesda, Maryland.

This Workshop will provide a focus into the use, demand and supply of isotopes from a Federal perspective, in various areas including homeland defense, medicine, agriculture, and basic and applied research. Participants will engage in discussions of their sponsored activities and demands for isotopes. Discussions will also include existing supplies of isotopes, and efforts underway to increase supply of critical isotopes. The output of this workshop will serve as input for a roadmap to increase isotope supply and mitigate shortages of critical isotopes.

The workshop is a 1 ½ day meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington D.C. Keynote speakers include Dr. William F. Brinkman, Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science and Dr. Julie Bentz, Director of Strategic Capabilities Policy for White House National Security Staff. Participating agencies will discuss isotope demands important to mission achievement for the next five years. Presentations will also be given on federal isotope supply and efforts to increase the supply of critical isotopes.