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 panelists 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