History

Leading group members at constitutional meeting

Roxanne Summers
Canadian Nuclear   Association
Sabine Knapp
Inforum Germany
France Bres-Tutino
CEA France
Irene Aegeter
Chairperson,   VSE Switzerland
Agneta Rising
Ringhals NPP,   Sweden
Marke Heininen
IVO Finland
Corinne Souwer
ECN Netherlands
Patricia Bryant
USCEA

How WiN came about

For many years there have been in two European countries – Sweden and Switzerland – very successful women’s groups in nuclear & energy information. In Switzerland, Frauen für Energie was initiated and chaired by Irene Aegerter, while Sweden’s Kvinnor och energie grew under the leadership of Agneta Rising. Both these ladies have long been active in the Information Committee of ENS and have talked about their experiences to the ENS PIME workshops for nuclear public information executives.
Proposed by Ms Aegerter and Rising, and endorsed by the ENS Information Committee (Chairman: Mr. Juhani Santaholma), a first seminar “Women and Nuclear” took place in Ascona, Switzerland on January 26, 1990. This was the start of a venture which resulted in the creation of WIN. (after WiNFO No.1,1993)

A brief look back

At the first PIME (Public Information Materials Exchange) in 1988 - initiated by the ENS information committee - information programs for women as target public were discussed. But only three “nuclear women” were attending. At the second PIME 1989, a round table with six ladies and one gentleman from six countries debated the subject women and nuclear energy. This was the starting point. One year later in January 1990, the ENS information committee organized a special women’s meeting, “Women and Nuclear Energy” chaired by Agneta Rising (Sweden) in Ascona, Switzerland. From then on, at each PIME meeting, the information committee made room for a Sunday afternoon meeting of the participating ladies. It was mainly dedicated to exchanges on the different approaches of women’s work in various countries. But in fact, these women meetings were just an appendix to PIME.

Only at the first special meeting in May 1992 in Helsinki, organized by the Finnish group “Energy Channel” was WiN established with a leading group. At the group’s first meeting in November 1992 in Zurich- elected Irene Aegerter (Switzerland) as its chair-person. It adopted the WiN Charter and set out the information work program for 1993, which includes the constitutional meeting of the WiN Organization on the opening day of PIME ’93 in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, on sunday January 31(picture); the annual WiN meeting in Paris, July 7-9: the WiNFO newsletter four times per year; a WiN Award. (after WiNFO No. 1 and No.2, 1993)

How the name ‘WiN’ made

The first name used was “women and Nuclear Energy” but this abbreviated to WANE, and we wanted to WiN! This was the reason why the name Women in Nuclear (WiN) was chosen.

Brief History

2020
October

28th On-line WiN Global General Assembly due to COVID-19 Pandemic, Election of the 8th President, Mrs. Dominique Mouillot (France)

2019
June

27th WiN Global Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain

2018
March

26th WiN Global Annual Conference held with IYNC (IYNCWIN 2018) in Bariloche, Argentina

2017
August

25th WiN Global Annual Conference in Beijing, China

2016
November

24th WiN Global Annual Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Election of the 7th President, Dr. Gabriele Voigt (Germany)

2015
August

23rd WiN Global Annual Conference in the IAEA, Vienna, Austria

2014
October

22nd WiN Global Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia

2013
October

21st WiN Global Annual Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa

2012
May

20th WiN Global Annual Conference in Kalmar, Sweden

- Election of the 6th President, Dr. Se-Moon Park (Korea)

2011
June

19th WiN Global Annual Conference in Varna, Bulgaria

2010
October

WiN Europe Chapter founded in Budapest

2010
May

WiN Global Annual Conference in Busan, Korea

2009
June

17th WiN Global Annual Conference in Washington DC, USA

2008
May

16th WiN Global Annual Conference in Marseille, France

Election of the 5th President, Mrs. Cheryl Boggess (USA)

2007
April

15th WiN Global Annual Conference in Bali, Indonesia

2006
May

14th WiN Global Annual Conference in Waterloo, Canada

2005
September

On the occasion of the 30th WNA Symposium, WiN Global received an award from the World Nuclear Association for its Distinguished Contribution to the Peaceful use of Nuclear Technology.

2005
April

13th WiN Global Annual Conference in Ćeský Krumlov, Czech Republic

2004
May

12th WiN Global Annual Conference in Tokyo, Japan

- Election of the 4th President, Mrs. Junko Ogawa (Japan)

2003
June

11th WiN Global Annual Conference in Las Vegas, USA

2002
June

10th WiN Global Annual Conference in Paris, France

2001
May

9th WiN Global Annual Conference in Seoul, Korea

2000
May

8th WiN Global Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland

- Election of the 3rd President, Dr. Annick Carnino (France)

1999
May

7th WiN Global Annual Conference in Washington DC, USA

1998
April

6th WiN Global Annual Conference in Taipei, Taiwan

1997
May

5th WiN Global Annual Conference in Valencia, Spain

1996
May

4th WiN Global Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia

- Election of the 2nd President, Mrs. Agneta Rising (Sweden)

1995
June

3rd WiN Global Annual Conference in Göteborg, Sweden

1994
May

2nd WiN Global Annual Conference in Bonn, Germany

1993
July

1st WiN Global Annual Conference in Paris, France

1993
January

WiN Constitutional meeting in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

- Election of the 1st President, Dr. Irene Aegerter (Switzerland)

- Leading Group members confirmed as the working core

1992
November

First meeting of Leading Group in Zurich

- Election of the Chair-person, Dr. Irene Aegerter (Switzerland)

- adopted Charter and decided constitutional meeting in January 1993

- Issuing quarterly newsletter WiNFO and establishing WiN Award

- 1st Annual Conference in Paris in July 1993