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CTBT: Science and Technology Conference 2011
The third and most recent conference in the Hofburg series was the Science and Technology 2011 conference from 8 to 10 June. The event attracted around 750 scientists, diplomats, representatives of civil society and the media, representing a total of 105 countries. Participants discussed advances in science and technology relevant to test ban verification and explored scientific applications of the CTBT verification infrastructure.
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty [CTBT] is widely
recognized as a milestone, in promoting nuclear non-
proliferation and disarmament. But above and beyond that
central mission, and even before entering into force, the CTBT
is saving lives.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger assured the conference that his country “will continue to work to convince the remaining States that still have to join for the Treaty to come into force”, describing the CTBT’s entry into force as “long overdue and necessary”.
Keynote speakers included Dr Richard L. Garwin, one of the most widely respected scientific advisers to the United States government on a range of issues including the safety of nuclear weapons and arms control, and Dr David Strangway, geophysicist and former chief of NASA's Geophysics Branch. Professor of Earth and Planetary Science Raymond Jeanloz moderated their discussion.
I am personally humbled by the dedication of so many scientists
so enthusiastically reacting to a renewed call to scientific arms.
CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Toth
The conference was structured into five themes (click to view the corresponding abstracts):
- The Earth as a complex system
- Understanding the nuclear explosion source
- Advances in sensors, networks and observational technologies
- Advances in computing, processing and visualization for verification applications
- Creating knowledge through partnerships, training and information / communication technology
A special session was devoted to the 11 March 2011 Japanese Event and its aftermath.
Organizational structure of the PTS