The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) held its the fourth international mentoring workshop for female high school students co-organised with Women in Nuclear Global (WiN) Spain, on 27 September 2022.
The event, Promoting Future Leaders in Science and Technology, was organised during the week of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Spanish Nuclear Society and held at the Sala Poniente of the University of Cartagena.
The workshop hosted 71 female high school students, who actively engaged with 10 senior representatives from the Spanish nuclear community and staff from the NEA Division of Radiological Protection and Human Aspects of Nuclear Safety.
NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV addressed the students via video message, alongside the Director General of the World Nuclear Association, Sama Bilbao y León, and Director of the United States Idaho National Laboratory, Dr. Monica C. Regalbuto.
Mr. Hector Dominguis, CEO of GD Energy Services (GDES) and President of the Spanish Nuclear Society, also addressed the students at the event’s closing, highlighting the significance of having female talent in the Spanish nuclear sector.
The mentoring workshop in Spain enabled open dialogue and promoted an exchange of questions and experiences which strengthened the student’s interest in STEM studies and nuclear technology careers. The event aimed to engage this next generation of female students, currently aged 12-15, and demonstrate that a STEM career can help them to make their mark in society through science and technology.
Attracting more women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields is an increasingly important goal that many Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) member countries are pursuing and the mentoring workshops help to support this important area of focus.