The next generation of leaders in nuclear science have travelled from all corners of the globe to converge on Sydney this week as part of this year’s International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC).
The IYNC is one of the world’s leading international nuclear science events that encourages future leaders in the nuclear industry to explore and promote all that nuclear science and technology can offer.
Sponsored by ANSTO and National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), this year’s conference, attracting 250 young scientists, is focusing on diversity in nuclear science, which looks at gender, culture, education, experience and geography.
Kicking off the congress this morning, ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Paterson said embracing and championing diversity both within and outside of organisations was key to seeing real and sustained change in the nuclear industry.
“At ANSTO, we understand that diverse teams produce better outcomes – and we value the merit that a diverse perspective can bring to the quality and outcomes of our work, and the way we get the job done,” Dr Paterson said.
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“We may be biased in saying that Sydney is one of the most beautiful places on the planet to host this year’s IYNC, but we are thrilled to welcome our international colleagues to come together, engage and support youth within the nuclear industry.
“This year’s theme of Diversity in Nuclear reflects a commitment to promoting gender equity and addressing diversity issues within our industry – for the betterment of everyday Aussies here, and for people all around the world.
“This year’s conference comes at a pivotal time where nuclear power is being heavily debated here in Australia as an option in the future energy mix.
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“So now, more than ever, it’s important we take the time to gather the next generation’s brightest as we consider the role we might play in viable energy technologies and achieving a cleaner energy future,” he said.
NERA CEO Miranda Taylor believes a strong domestic nuclear technology industry can provide cross-sectorial benefits creating value and employment opportunities across the economy.
“By supporting the IYNC, we hope to engage young Australians in the field of nuclear science, develop capabilities in leadership across the supply chain, identify the critical skills gap that can take our industry to the next level of development and assist the industry to grow collaboration and innovation both nationally and internationally,” she said.
This year will mark the first time that the IYNC is hosted in Australia, following a successful bid by the Australian Young Generation in Nuclear (AusYGN) and financial commitments from both ANSTO and NERA (National Energy Resources Australia).