The conference will span 5 full days with a conference excursion on Wednesday afternoon. There will be invited and contributed talks in both the morning and afternoon sessions and there will not be parallel sessions. Poster sessions will be held in the second afternoon time slot on both Tuesday and Thursday. Posters will be displayed in the morning, allowing for examination and discussion during the coffee breaks as well. There will be a banquet reception on Thursday evening.

The conference will have five main thematic sessions. Each thematic session is related to several leading scientific questions. These themes and questions are:

  1. Theme 1: Particle acceleration and transport (inner and outer zone, including injections)
    1. Can we determine quantitatively which acceleration/transport mechanisms dominate either statistically or in a given electron enhancement event?
    2. What acceleration/transport mechanisms are responsible for flux enhancements at low L-shells (L<4)?
  2. Theme 2: Particle loss (inner and outer zone)
    1. Can we determine quantitatively which loss mechanisms dominate either statistically or in a given electron loss event?
    2. What contributes to electron loss at low L/inner zone?
    3. What are the definitive observational signatures of magnetopause or atmospheric losses? Are loss signatures routinely misidentified?
  3. Theme 3: The quasilinear assumption and nonlinear wave-particle interactions
    1. Is diffusion a good paradigm for describing radial transport in the outer zone? What about in the inner zone?
    2. Are nonlinear wave-particle interactions and processes important for acceleration, transport, and loss?
    3. How often are the quasilinear assumptions (commonly used in the radiation belt community) violated in the inner and outer zones, and under what circumstances?
  4. Theme 4: New radiation belt modeling capabilities and the quantification of model uncertainties
    1. How do we validate radiation belt models? Are current approaches sound?
    2. How well can we extrapolate or generalize Van Allen Probes results to other solar cycles or other parts of the solar cycle?
    3. How accurate is our current modeling acceleration, transport, and loss processes?
  5. Theme 5: What can we learn about radiation belt dynamics from laboratory plasma experiments?