UK Project on Nuclear Issues

The UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) is a cross-generational network of over 900 members, which encourages young scholars and professionals to engage with established experts on contemporary nuclear issues.




The project aims to foster the emergence of a next generation of nuclear experts and build a broad knowledge base for the nuclear community, from technical intricacies to international security dynamics. Each year, UK PONI invites emerging experts to present their research and ideas to established members of the UK nuclear community at its Annual Conference, and convenes a bilateral conference together with US counterparts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Throughout the year UK PONI also hosts a series of evening seminars across the UK addressing a range of civil and military nuclear issues.

UK PONI is funded and supported by a consortium of government and industry stakeholders. This support allows UK PONI to maintain an independent forum where younger scholars can contribute new ideas on on-going nuclear issues. UK PONI enjoys the support and guidance of its Board of Advisors, which includes representatives from government, industry, the military, and academia.

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Our Network

  • The Nuclear Cafe

    The Nuclear Café is a space to connect with the PONI community at the end of the week in an off-the-record conversation. The Café focuses on building a tightly-knit community of emerging voices that have the potential to influence the nuclear field. Whether you are an early-career professional or a student, join us and help build this community from the ground up. A registration link will be posted every Monday on UK PONI's Twitter account.

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The café offerings include:

Timely conversations

The UK PONI Network attracts nuclear professionals eager to learn, innovate, and collaborate to reduce the nuclear threat. We recognise that we have more questions than answers and we are committed to showing up, listening to others, and generating change together. For the next 6 months at least, these weekly virtual sessions will help people connect and share stories in an informal space. Some sessions will be hosted through an interactive ‘fireside chat’ style conversation with inspiring people from our community, while others will focus on a theme.

Skill-building sessions

Feel free to share your suggestions with us; we’re happy to run sessions on topics that benefit the community, from mastering storytelling, to open-source investigations skills.

Inclusive discussions

Unconventional ideas and new perspectives are the driving force of UK PONI. Notwithstanding the increased awareness of insufficient diversity among participants in the nuclear field, more also needs to be done to bring a diversity of perspectives on nuclear issues. We value each other’s contributions and we believe strongly that diverse backgrounds and differing viewpoints are key to identifying the best solutions.

A community of support

The café is ultimately an opportunity to meet virtually in small groups to build lasting relationships that will drive change in our community.

Nuclear Reactions Blog

Nuclear Reactions is the blog of UK PONI, launched in March 2017. It is intended as a platform for our members to comment on current civil and military nuclear issues, share insights from research, and put forward their own arguments.

Project outputs


Access the publications produced as part of this project.

The 2020 UK PONI Papers

The 2019 UK PONI Papers

The 2018 UK PONI Papers

The 2017 UK PONI Papers

The 2016 UK PONI Papers

Papers from the 2015 Annual Conference of the UK Project on Nuclear Issues


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