In September 2015 we formally announced the location of the Science of Cook Off workshop, which will be held at the Executive Conference Center (1170 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309) based in the Midtown district of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The dates for the workshop will be 25th – 29th April 2016.


The workshop’s objectives are to improve understanding of cook off of energetic materials and the role that heating rate and heating conditions play in determining reaction violence from reduced scale up to system level. These objectives will be achieved through discussions and presentations on chemical and physical changes leading to critical ignition and growth conditions, reaction phenomenology and models, and linking these through sub-scale testing to system-level tests.

This Unclassified workshop is open at no cost to Government, Industry and Academia representatives from all MSIAC member nations only.


The workshop will be limited to 75 participants and we encourage representation from all MSIAC member nations. In the event that the workshop is oversubscribed, MSIAC will work so participation is balanced. We would therefore encourage early registration and for those government personnel requiring approval to start their approvals process simultaneously.


The program details for the event are currently under development but we envisage that discussions will start on Monday morning and take place over 4.5 days. The plenary discussion on day 1 will allow the problem, current understanding and national interests in the topics to be discussed and to provide anchors for the subsequent days’ focus area groups. The final day will be available to provide a wash up and draw together conclusions from the previous days technical discussion. The final day will only be a half day to enable participants to make their return travel.

A draft/outlined program is currently available on the website for planning purposes. The full program will be available on the website when registration opens.


The focus areas will be based around the following topics (Figure 1) and as such we encourage those who are interested in attending to submit abstracts for presentation. Please submit your abstract using the online abstract form as soon as possible. We would like to receive abstracts prior to the registration process to allow us to populate the plenary and focus area discussion groups.

We are also encouraging participants to think about other technical information they can bring to the workshop, i.e. published papers, technical data, models. A dedicated space, prior to the event, will be made available to workshop participants to share the information.

Figure 1: Discussion Topics


The workshop registration will open in mid-January and participants will be asked to fill in the online form. Registration will stay open for 2 months and close mid-March or until capacity for the event has been reached (see earlier note about potential limitation for the workshop).

Registrants will receive an email informing them that MSIAC has received their application. MSIAC will then send a separate email confirming that you have been granted a place. Please bear the latter point in mind before committing to travel.


Further details pertaining to Atlanta, the venue and reserved hotel rooms can be found on the website. On behalf of the MSIAC team we are looking forward to welcoming you in Atlanta and providing the right environment to generate focused discussions on the science of cook off.

Dr Matthew Andrews, MSIAC Energetic Material Specialist

Workshop Lead -