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More than 300 graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, university staff, and NNSA national laboratory experts congregated in Bethesda, Md., on Feb. 17-18 as the NNSA Office of Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation hosted the 2016 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Symposium.

The symposium highlighted accomplishments of the research office’s academic programs, promoted networking and fostered collaboration and community among participants, sponsors, NNSA’s labs, and the scientific community.

Associate Director of the Center for High Energy Density Science at University of Texas at Austin Dr. Michael Donovan attends SSAP every year and said it gets better each year.

“It is a win for our students, for the future of NNSA national labs, for the future of science and technology, and for the future of our great nation and the international community,” Donovan said.

Many of the office’s academic allies attended the symposium, including the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Program, the High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas Program, the National Laser Users' Facility Program, and the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program.

After Director of the Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion Keith LeChien welcomed attendees on behalf of NNSA, the topically-organized sessions offered presentations on nuclear science from lasers to chemistry to astrophysics. (See the agenda and presentations here.)

Not only do participants share research and identify future collaboration opportunities, they’re part of the periodic reviews of the program and participants, and help assess progress and alignment with program objectives.

The annual event is free to all participants and presenters. Learn more about the symposium on its website, and read the 2016 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Annual report here.