The next Symposium, SORMA XVII, will be held June 11-14, 2018, at the University of Michigan. The deadline for abstracts and summaries is Wednesday, 28 February 2018. Please visit their website to learn more.

This site contains archival information about SORMA West 2016 and will be updated as the next SORMA West draws near.

Thank you to all our 400+ attendees, patrons, and exhibitors!

Please see the new menu item, “Postconference Matters,” for newly added features and announcements such as a link to downloads of slides from the presentations. Remember also that the deadline for submission to the special issue of IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science is July 1.

SORMA West 2016 focuses exclusively on radiation detection for homeland and national security applications — their challenges, the advances, and the lessons learned throughout the demonstrations of recent years.

The technical program includes both oral and poster presentations as well as plenary talks you won’t want to miss. Industrial exhibits will showcase solutions to your technology needs.

For 2016, SORMA West returns to its roots at the University of California, Berkeley. We’ll be in the conference facility at the Clark Kerr Campus, just off the main campus. Conveniently accessible from the OAK and SFO airports via public transit, this venue will offer affordable dormitory style housing on-premises, as well as nearby hotel options. To further cultivate interaction, breakfast and lunch will be provided on-site for all registered attendees.

Taking full advantage of our location in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ll also have a lively social program, as well as suggestions for exploring on your own.

We look forward to seeing you in Berkeley for an interesting and rewarding Symposium with a new focus on some of the most important motivations and applications of our work.

Call for paper

If you are the presenting author of a poster, you are required to be at your poster during the session specified in your acceptance letter and in the Program, with reasonable breaks. The poster session chairs will check this.

You are free during the other poster sessions, so you can view other posters and meet with their presenters. Each of the poster sessions will have a full mix of topics so that you have free time to see a great majority of the the other posters in your field.

We request that you arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of your poster session and introduce yourself to the Session Chair(s). They will be directing attendees to posters in your session and can answer any questions that you might have.

Suitable materials for hanging posters (push pins, etc.) will be provided.


To keep our fast-paced oral sessions running smoothly, speakers will not connect their individual laptops to the projectors. All slides must be uploaded at least 24 hours in advance of the presentation.

Click here to go to the upload site

They will then be downloaded by conference officials to the projection computer, provided by the conference, in the lecture hall.

Technical assistance will be available at all reasonable hours, especially during the run-up to each session.

Although Powerpoint will be provided on the projection computers, we highly recommend that you also upload a PDF version of your presentation; and that you have both the PowerPoint and the Acrobat versions of your files on a memory stick, and perhaps in the cloud or in your e-mail system as well. All this gives us more options in case of trouble.

Please submit and present only materials that are cleared for release — no classified documents (even at the "sensitive" or "for official use only" levels) or corporate-confidential materials.

Time Limits

Regular contributed oral presentations should be 12 minutes long, plus a 3 minute allowance for question and answer. The colleagues chairing the sessions will have to keep them running on time, and we thank our speakers in advance for their cooperation.

These time limits refer to regular contributed orals in parallel sessions. Plenary or otherwise featured speakers will be given special instructions individually.

Slides Will Be Available to Attendees

By default, we will make uploaded slides and posters available to registered attendees (not the general public) on an ongoing basis. If you wish to opt out, please write to us.

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