Abstract submissions are now open for the 18th IGORR (International Group on Research Reactors) Conference. Be sure to get in by the 20 June deadline!
WiN Representation at ICWES15 in Adelaide
Tanya Kooymans, Dr Joanne Lackenby and Kaitlyn Toole attended the 15th international Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists in Adelaide , a450 strong event included guests from a vast range of countries from the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In addition to attending the conference and undertaking a number of facility visits, they also (wo)manned a WiN and ANSTO booth for the duration of the event to raise awareness of WiN and the role of women in nuclear science and technology applications.
The Hon. Kate Ellis, Australian Federal Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare and Minister for the Status of Women gave the opening address and keynote speakers included Dr Cathy Foley, Chief Research Scientist with CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering and the first woman to be President of Federation of Australian Science and Technology Societies (FASTS), who discussed the importance of work/life balance; and Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, part of the research team that was the first to discover radio pulsars, who spoke about being one of the very early women in, what was and still remains, a very male dominated field.
Other topics covered included the importance of role modelling and mentoring programs such as the ANSTO supported Scientists in Schools program; the challenges of attracting and retaining women engineers and scientists and methods for overcoming these; and the industry commitment to diversity and equality in the workplace.
The ICWES15 Gala Dinner was the venue for the launch of the Women Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Clothing prototype collection designed as part of the Women in Engineering National Committee’s Fit for Work Project. We look forward to the work of this group on what is a real safety concern for women working in SET fields.
Further information on the conference can be found here: http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/women-engineering/icwes-15-conference-material
Women in Nuclear (WiN) Europe Established
On Sunday February 13th 2011 the association Women In Nuclear (WiN) Europe, was officially launched in Brussels at the opening of the annual PIME Congress organized by the European Nuclear Society (ENS).
More than 170 people attended this event under the presidency of Dominique MOUILLOT, President of WiN Europe.
A round table moderated by Edit Herzog, MEP (S&D, Hungary) and member of the ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy) Committee, brought together the following speakers:
- Ute Blohm-Hieber, Head of Unit D2 (Nuclear Energy, Transport, Decommissioning and Waste Management) of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy (DG ENER
- Claudine Hermann, Vice President of the European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS)
- Elena Dimitru, an expert in European environmental policies and assistant to Rovana Plumb, MEP (S&D Romania)
- Andrea Bachrata, PhD, fellow at the IRSN (Institute for Radio Protection and Nuclear Safety) in Cadarache, France,
They launched a productive debate on the following themes:“What role can WiN Europe play in communicating with the public and especially with the younger generation, in education and training, in competence renewal and knowledge transfer and in the fostering of diversity and gender equality in scientific and technical fields? What actions are being taken by WiN Europe to attract teenagers to scientific and nuclear professions? How can the collective expertise of WiN Europe be used by the European Community?”
The panellists expressed the interest taken by their respective institutions in WiN Europe’s initiatives and fields of expertise, particularly given the context of the nuclear revival and the need to develop the human resources necessary for the future.
Through actions aimed at promoting diversity in scientific and technical professions, WiN Europe will play a key role in the development of solutions to meet the current and future energy challenges of Europe.
Representing the young generation, Andrea Bachrata expressed her enthusiasm at being an active member of WiN Europe and the hopes that WiN Europe has generated for her future career.
WiN Europe was founded by 9 European countries and/or organisations: Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the WiN section within the IAEA. Since then, Bulgaria and Spain have also joined WiN Europe. Other countries are expected to follow suit.
WiN Europe brings together women professionals working in all fields relating to the various applications of nuclear technology and science (energy, medicine, biology, art, agriculture and space exploration). Boosted by the cohesion and dynamism of its members, WiN Europe is ready to meet the challenge and has embarked on a programme of actions that will contribute to the safe and sustainable development of the nuclear sector.
WiN Europe is also part of the WiN Global network, which counts some 3,100 members in 80 countries.
WiN Participates in Nuclear Associations stand at ANSTO Open Day
The Australian Chapter of Women in Nuclear teamed up with Australian Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) and the Australian Nuclear Association (ANA) to host a stand at the ANSTO Open Day held on Saturday 19th of September.
The stand provided an opportunity for the public and professionals working in nuclear to learn how these organisations increase awareness of the benefits of nuclear and radiation applications; provide a means for people working in nuclear to meet and network; and how they provide a means to acknowledge outstanding contributions within the nuclear industry.
The content at the stand and the opportunity to talk with representatives such as Jasmin Craufurd-Hill and Karyn Laxale from WiN, Mark Alexander from AYGN and Dr John Harries from the ANA was well received by everyone from local Sutherland Shire residents right through to Dr Ziggy Switkowski.
WiN Australia at PIME and the IAEA
Karyn Laxale and Jasmin Craufurd-Hill travelled to Budapest in February to attend the 2010 PIME Conference and to visit the Hungarian National Waste Repository and the PAKS Nuclear Power Plant, which supplies 40% of Hungary’s electricity.
In addition to the conference, the pair also represented Australia and Oceania at the WiN-Global Board and Executive Meetings held prior to the conference and visited the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Austria.
2011 WiN Global Conference in Bulgaria
Jasmin Craufurd-Hill attended the WiN 2011 Global Conference in Varna, Bulgaria on behalf of WiN Australia.
The Conference was opened by the Bulgarian Minister for Economy, Energy and Tourism Traycho Traykov and focused on the theme ‘Nuclear Technologies – to build a better world’ with presentations on nuclear safety, risk management, radioactive waste, regulatory compliance, safety analysis, life expansion, oncology, nuclear imaging, science education and safety culture.
In addition to representing Australia at WiN Board and Executive meetings, Jasmin presented an Australian Chapter report, moderated several sessions, attended communications committee meetings, visited the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant and gave a presentation on the Australian WiN Chapter’s experience with social media and information during the early days of the Fukushima incident.
2010 WiN Global Conference in South Korea
Karyn Laxale represented Australia at the WiN-Global Annual Conference held in in Busan, South Korea in May 2010. The theme of the 2010 Conference was “Nuclear Power Pivotal Choice for Green Growth” and included facility visits to Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Plant and to the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Shipyard. Karyn also gave a presentation on the status of Women in Nuclear and nuclear technology in Australia and represented Australia at the WiN-Global AGM, Board Meeting and Executive Board Meeting.
2009 WiN Global Conference in Washington DC
The trio also met with advisors to US Senators on Capitol Hill and visited their colleagues at the NIST reactor, discussing topics ranging from policy and communications through to principles of control room design and instrumentation. Jasmin Craufurd-Hill also travelled to Three Mile Island with a number of other accredited nuclear reactor operators, where they met with engineering and operations counterparts, toured the facility and discussed design, maintenance and safety culture issues.
Inaugural Breakfast a hit
Around 50 people attended Women in Nuclear Australia’s inaugural personal development breakfast at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) south of Sydney, deeming it a great success. WiN Australia President Jasmin Craufurd-Hill opened the event with an entertaining insight into nuclear women through the ages and an update on the group’s recent activities and future plans. She also launched WIN Australia’s new logo.
The guest speaker, Christine McLoughlin captivated her audience as she told the fascinating tale of her career spanning a range of industries, underling the importance of mentorship for a successful career path. The former Telstra Business Woman of the Year and ANSTO Board member gave a frank and inspiring presentation but her words were modest. “I don’t really like talking about myself but as this is about my own business experience I guess I have to!” she joked. Her key points started with two – having a good mentor and knowing your strengths.
“My first mentor was my maths teacher who persuaded me to play on my strengths. I wanted to be a physiotherapist but he pointed out to me the areas where I excelled in school and suggested I study law instead,” she said. “I followed his advice and did not regret it as it has been the foundation of my career.”
As Christine told the story of how she went from a solid law career to a career in business she said that taking risks and making the most of opportunities was paramount. “When making career decisions I always weighed the risks against the opportunities and this ethos lead me down some very interesting paths, such as moving from the security of law, to the world of finance which was all quite new at the time. I never looked back,” she said. Christine also said it was important to thrive in life, both personally as well as at work. In addition she said being results oriented for one’s organisation not just oneself, would bring rewards, as would networking with the right people, not just “lots of people”.
Her final point was the importance of having values and in turn praised the leadership of ANSTO under respected businessman Dr Ziggy Switkowski, Chairman, and Dr Adi Paterson, CEO whom she said had impeccable values, which were of benefit to the orgnaisation.
Dr Adi Paterson closed proceedings by thanking Christine for her inspiring presentation and underlined his support for career women drawing on his own personal experience. His mother was a single parent and in his home country of South Africa women have an almost 50 per cent representation in government and in business. He said Australia still had a little way to go and was happy to say the ANSTO Board had two female members.