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    WOMEN IN NUCLEAR

    AUSTRALIA

    WiN Global, a not-for-profit organization, currently has around 25,000 members including national chapters’ members and individuals from 102 countries and is still growing. Membership includes women working professionally in medicine and health care, in regulatory authorities, in industry and as independent researchers. The members have a common commitment to provide information and communicate with the public. Men are very welcome to join.

  • Promoting diversity in nuclear through networking, advocating for women in nuclear, and informing the nuclear debate.

  • Past Events

    Join our #WiNSciWeek Webinars!

    As part of National Science Week, WiN Australia is hosting a series of webinars.

    To register, simply click on the “register now” buttons below.

    Can’t make it at the scheduled time? We’ll miss you, but be sure to register anyway to receive a link to view the webinar later.

    Webinar #1: Becoming ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and debunking other myths about radiation

    Monday 17 August: 4pm – 5pm AEST

    In movies, if you’re exposed to radiation you’re at a higher chance of gaining superpowers. However, if this was the case in real life, wouldn’t there be more radioactively induced superheroes and villains roaming the earth? Enter our hero scientist, Dr Gillian Hirth, an environmental radiochemist, the current Chair of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) and Chief Radiation Health Scientist of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

    Dr Hirth will demystify the science around radiation and its effects on the human body. As a type of energy that we are exposed to everyday, it’s worthwhile understanding what effects radiation has on us. Join Dr Hirth and a panel of radiation experts as we talk radiation and help understand this invisible energy. It’ll be RAD!

    Webinar #2: Glowing green: how green is nuclear energy?

    Tuesday 18 August: 4pm – 5pm AEST

    This may come as a shock – nuclear reactors glow blue, not green. Thanks Homer for this misconception, d’oh!

    But nuclear power is green in other ways. Nuclear power is the world’s second largest source of low emissions electricity generation. And just like pretty much every other form of technology, the types of reactors under construction today and planned for the future have come a long way since those designed more than 50 years ago.

    Join nuclear energy enthusiast Dr Jo Lackenby (President, Women in Nuclear Australia) on a journey of discovery. How exactly does the world generate its energy and electricity, and what are the resulting carbon emissions? How does nuclear energy fit into the climate change picture? And how is today’s nuclear technology different from that of the past?

    Don’t miss hearing Dr Jo and a panel of knowledgeable nuclear energy individuals as we talk nuclear energy and climate change, and answer all your ‘critical’ questions (physics pun intended).

    Webinar #3: Careers in Nuclear – for who? You!

    Wednesday 19 August: 4pm – 5pm AEST

    Think a career in nuclear couldn’t be for you? Chances are, jobs in nuclear and the people who do them looks nothing like you imagine.

    This panel is the chance to meet and ask questions of four people who have made careers in the nuclear industry:

    • Julie Murray (Senior Radiation Security Advisor and Major Projects Manager at ARPANSA);
    • Tim Rownes (Operation Planning Engineer at Fennovoima, Finland):
    • Katrina Van de Ven (Government and International Affairs Advisor at ANSTO); and
    • Sheruna Naidoo (Principal Scientist at Liverpool Hospital).

    They will share what drew them to nuclear and the path they took to get into the field. Hear the sometimes unexpected directions their careers have taken them, what they actually do at work all day, and gain plenty of first-hand advice for pursuing your own nuclear career. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get an insight into this diverse and dynamic field.

    Webinar #4: Nuclear Could Save Your Life and the Environment

    Thursday 20 August: 4pm – 5pm AEST

    Chances are, if someone says the word “nuclear”, Homer Simpson and power stations are on the list of things that come to mind. But what about the environment or health? Believe it or not, nuclear science and technology makes a critical contribution to the wellbeing of the planet and the people who live on it.

    Dr Cath Hughes (Program Manager, Water Resources Sustainability at ANSTO) and Dr Elizabeth Bailey (Chief Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Royal North Shore Hospital) will give you a glimpse into the integral role nuclear plays in delivering the real-world outcomes of their work.

    They will be joined by an expert panel to answer all of your curly questions about applying nuclear science and technology to critical environmental and health issues. Is it safe? Is it necessary? What are the benefits? Get all of these answers and more from our expert panel!

    This initiative has been supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week

    WiN Global Conference 2015

    The theme of the 2015 WiN Global Conference, Women in Nuclear Meet Atoms for Peace, reflected its location at the IAEA in Vienna, Austria. Australians Jo Lackenby, Amy Le, Sarah Ballantyne and Jasmin Craufurd-Hill were among 470 participants from 62 countries to hear presentations on topics including

    • Career development of women in nuclear-related fields and communication
    • Nuclear applications
    • Nuclear energy, environment and climate change
    • Safeguards and non-proliferation
    • IAEA Departments

    Conference delegates

    This conference also saw the signing of the Women in Nuclear Declaration for the Earth Climateacknowledging the crucial role of nuclear energy in preserving the earth for future generations. WiN took the declaration to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Conference that was held in Paris in December 2015.

    The technical tours were a highlight of the conference, and included Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant, Seibersdorf Laboratories and Nuclear Engineering Seibersdorf, MedAustron Ion Beam Therapy Centre and Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO).

    Monitoring the planet for nuclear explosions 1 Jas, Sarah and Amy at Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant

    WiN Global Conference 2019

    The 2019 WiN Global Conference was held in Madrid, Spain on 17-21 June 2019.  The conference, with the theme “WiN power to face future challenges” was attended by was attended by over 300 nuclear professionals from 60 countries and 5 continents, including WiN Australia members Jo Lackenby, Jasmin Diab, Patricia Gadd and Pamela Naidoo-Ameglio.  

    Technical tours offered included the Almaraz Nuclear Power Plant and El Cabril Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility.

    WiN Australia AGM 2017

    The Women in Nuclear (WiN) Australia Annual General Meeting will be held on 17th November 2017 at the AINSE Theatre, Lucas Heights at 12.00pm. The AGM will be followed by a presentation by WiN member Katrina Van de Ven on her poster at the recent WiN Global Conference held in China.

    If you wish to attend please contact us on [email protected] for futher details and information.

    WiN Global Conference 2017

    Nuclear and dragons - what everyone wants to see Beijing 2017

    On 28 August to 1 September 2017, Jo Lackenby, Katrina Van de Ven and Jasmin Craufurd-Hill were among 350 delegates from 32 countries who met in Beijing, China under the theme ‘Women, Nuclear, Cooperation and Harmony’ for the WiN Global Annual Conference.

    Beijing Conference delegates

    WiN Global 2017 highlighted the need for its members to continue communicating the benefits of nuclear energy to the wider public in order to oppose increasing efforts by the anti-nuclear community to eliminate this source of clean energy from countries’ energy portfolios. While this message came at a time when there was a decline in nuclear in some countries (e.g. Germany, Japan, Switzerland , Korea) other countries (e.g. UAE, China, Russia, UK) are embracing nuclear .

    Participants were able to undertake technical tours to the Centre of Excellence on Nuclear Security, the CAP 1400 Project and the HTGR reactor in Rongcheng and the AP1000 Project in Haiyang.

    New AP1000 nuclear power reactors Beijing 2017

     

    In addition, a packed social program included visits to the Great Wall of China and the Imperial Palace as well as the Big Show at the Beijing Liyuan Theater.

     

    WiNners at the Imperial Palace Beijing 2017

    Hidden Figures – Movie Screening & Networking Drinks

    Blue French FIlm Poster (1)

    WiN President at ANA

    WiN Australia President Jo Lackenby is giving a talk at an ANA meeting on 29th June 2017 at 1.00pm at AINSE Theatre Lucas Heights

     

    International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES)

     

    WiN Global Conference 2016

    ‘Powering Generations’ was the theme of the 2016 WiN Global Annual Conference, hosted for the first time in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi on 20-23 November 2016.  Delegates were challenged by plenary themes such as ‘do you have to be from a ‘STEM’ background to become successful in the nuclear industry?’ in the home of one of the world’s newest nuclear programs.

    Conference delegates Abu Dhabi 2016

    56 countries were represented by 700 delegates – a change for many who were used to being the only woman in the room!  However, they were reminded that putting one woman in a control room may not work to change culture. Men seem to be delighted when they have a woman working with them, but one woman among several men may not change culture and help increase diversity and teamwork – multiple women are often needed.

    A conference session Abu Dhabi 2016

    As part of the technical program delegates had the opportunity to visit the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant.  ANSTO’s Rebecca Moore and Kylie Olufson presented posters to the conference attendees.

    Kylie and Rebecca with their posters Abu Dhabi 2016

    Gender Equity and Networking with ANSTO personnel

    During November as part of the value of “trust and respect” the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has run a number of sessions on Gender Equity.One of these events was a women’s networking lunch held on 13th November 2015. Many members of Women in Nuclear Australia are employees of ANSTO.ANSTO has a female workforce that comprises approximately 29% of the total workforce.As a way for women to create more contacts with each other, ANSTO held a lunch, sponsored by the CEO Dr Adi Paterson, on Friday 13th November to help “strengthen women’s networks”.All female staff on the site were invited to attend and over 130 (plus a few children) attended and connected. This was a chance for many of the women who don’t know each other or may work in isolation to make new networks.

    But they worked for their lunch, answering questions around challenges they face, the kinds of events they want to see and what equity means to them.As part of the day, all attendees were able to sign up to Women in Nuclear which has resulted in more than 60 new members for Women in Nuclear Australia.

    Those in attendance also had an opportunity to meet and listen to Kate Aitken, Managing Director, Human Capital Management for Asia Pacific at Goldman Sachs who has been involved in their successful gender equity programs for many years.She is a member of Chief Executive Women and was an implementation leader for the CEO of Goldman Sachs in Australia in the Male Champions of Change program.

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    Women in Nuclear Australia will be working with the ANSTO Gender Equity team in 2016 to deliver a program of mentoring and networking events to further strengthen the professional development and opportunities for the women in Australia who work in nuclear.

    L-R Jo Lackenby (WiN Australia President), Samantha Arkapaw (ANSTO Gender Equity Team, WiN member), Karen Wolfe (ANSTO Gender Equity Team, WiN member), Kate Aitken (Managing Director Goldman Sachs).

    Win Global Conference 2014 Programs and Proceedings

    The preliminary conference program and proceedings can be found by clicking here