National Security Education Center (NSEC)Seaborg Institute
Bringing new ideas to long-standing challenges in transactinium science


Institute Lecture Series

The Institute coordinates or sponsors the following lecture series:

  • Plutonium Working Group Lecture Series
  • Actinide Science Lecture Series
  • Seaborg Institute Seminar Series
  • National Security Education Lecture Series
  • Nuclear Lunch Program

Plutonium Futures – The Science Conference

This biennial conference series was initiated by Los Alamos in 1997 to enhance the international dialogue among scientists on the fundamental properties of plutonium and its technological consequences.

The Seaborg Institute has maintained the primary custodianship for the technical content of the conference, and since 2008 has alternated between locations in the US and Europe.

In the US, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national labs collaborate with the American Nuclear Society (ANS) to organize the conference, and the European conferences are organized by a consortium of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in the United Kingdom, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) in France, and the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU).

Los Alamos was the primary host for the 2018 conference in San Diego, California.

Other Conferences and Outreach

The Seaborg Institute sponsors and coordinates additional one-time conferences, such as Actinides 2017 and Migration 2017. It also contributes to Euroconferences on synchrotron radiation, Gordon Research Conferences, and the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Physical Society (APS), American Statistical Society (AS), Materials Research Society (MRS), and American Nuclear Society (ANS) symposia.


Synthesizing actinide science for a worldwide community

Actinide Research Quarterly

The Actinide Research Quarterly reports on research in actinide science in areas such as process chemistry, metallurgy, surface and separation sciences, atomic and molecular sciences, actinide ceramics and nuclear fuels, characterization, spectroscopy, analysis, and manufacturing technologies.