WiN/NEA Mentoring Workshops
The NEA (Nuclear Energy Agency) of the OECD, promotes mentoring workshops aimed at girls, in order to arouse their interest in science and technology activities, as well as to show women leaders in these fields of activity.
Under the title “Promoting future leaders in science and technology” WiN Spain organizes together with NEA-OECD a Mentoring Workshop within the activities of the 48th Annual Meeting. It is an open and free event oriented to High School girls.
The objective of this activity is the promotion of science and technology related professions among the youngest female students. We will bring together female professionals from the Spanish nuclear sector who will act as mentors with young students in order to encourage and advise them as they consider their future.
WiN (Women in Nuclear) Spain
WiN (Women in Nuclear) Spain is a non-profit organization that brings together professionals who carry out their activity in the different areas of application of ionizing radiation such as energy production, medicine, and the restoration of works of art. Its main objective is outreach aimed at different social groups, especially women, as well as the promotion of the role of women in the professional field. WiN Spain is part of WiN Global, an international organization that has more than 35,000 members from 129 countries and that is integrated into the Spanish Nuclear Society (SNE) as a working commission.
The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has established the NEA International Mentoring Workshops as a platform to encourage young people to pursue science and engineering careers, often with a focus on young women. These international events have been held in various countries in recent years (e.g., Japan, Russia, Kenya, and Spain itself). They gather international and local role models (“Mentors”) with young students in order to encourage and mentor them as they consider their future.
With the aim of promoting professions related to science and technology among younger students, WiN Spain, in collaboration with NEA, organizes the International Mentoring Workshop: “Promoting Future Leaders in Science and Technology” within the framework of the 46th Annual Meeting of the Spanish Nuclear Society.
The Experiences in Ávila, Vigo, Granada and Cartagena
Spain was the first European country to organise this activity. The first Workshop occurred during the 44th SNE Annual Meeting (Ávila, 2018) and gathered 50 students between 12 and 15 years old. During the 45th Annual Meeting of the SNE (Vigo, 2019), the second edition was attended by 70 students aged 12-15. The last two editions, held during the 46th Annual Meeting (Granada) and the 47th Annual Meeting (Cartagena), exceeded the figure of 70 students attending.
During the four editions, the students shared their experiences and knowledge with professional mentors from the nuclear sector.