About the Event

Annual Dinner Table Setting

This November event combines the Bulletin’s signature evening celebration, the Annual Dinner, with an afternoon set of discussions, the Annual Meeting. Attendees have the opportunity to experience the full event or may choose to attend either the evening or the afternoon programming. Participants attending the full-day event may do so for a reduced-fee combined ticket.

Scroll down for video clips from the 2019 Annual Dinner. 

Scenes from the 2019 Annual Dinner

Erin Connolly and Kate Hewitt are the Bulletin's 2018 Rieser Award recipients, and their inspiring presentation about the work they do in schools to educate young people about nuclear weapons and security brought down the house at this year's Annual Dinner. Read their essay, “American students aren’t taught nuclear weapons policy in school. Here’s how to fix that problem.”

The Bulletin honored long-time supporters Austin Hirsch and Lowell Sachnoff, along with their law firm Reed Smith LLP. In their acceptance these remarkable men recounted the experiences that led them to devote decades of energy and resources to the Bulletin and its mission.

Bulletin Executive Chair Edmund G. Brown Jr. presented a lifetime achievement award to former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. The award was accepted by Perry’s granddaughter, Lisa Perry, in a moving tribute to her grandfather that was a touching reminder of how the work of the Bulletin is supported and furthered each year by new generations who are acutely aware of the need to turn back the Clock.

A keynote address from Eric Horvitz, technical fellow and director of Microsoft Research Labs, capped off the 2019 Annual Dinner with an intriguing look at the ethics of artificial intelligence.

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Annual Meeting


The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Bulletin stakeholders to engage with leading science and policy experts, civic leaders, and community advocates on the most important issues facing the planet. Attendees participate in small discussions on topics of nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies, led by members of the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board and other global experts.

A light lunch is served, after which attendees head to concurrent sessions chosen during the registration process. The Meeting precedes the Bulletin’s Annual Dinner and the Board’s private discussions to set the iconic Doomsday Clock.




The reception of cocktails and hors d’œuvres, following the Annual Meeting and preceding the Annual Dinner, is a time when registrants from day and evening programs can mingle and converse with colleagues, friends, and the Bulletin's leadership.

Annual Dinner


The Bulletin's Annual Dinner is a signature event supported by the philanthropic and corporate communities and attended by civic, scientific, and academic leaders from all over the world. The Annual Dinner features keynote speakers who are cutting-edge experts on topics of nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. The evening also recognizes individuals who make major contributions in the fields of journalism, science, advocacy, and art to create a healthier, safer planet.



2019 Event Details

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