For the first time, WiN IAEA had the honour of organizing and hosting the WiN Global Annual Conference this year in Vienna. Organizing this event in cooperation with one of the leading agencies in the nuclear world, the IAEA, provided an invaluable opportunity for both WiN and the IAEA alike. The overwhelming success of the Conference is proof that our organization is growing, and our mission is gaining traction and visibility worldwide. It was wonderful to see the IAEA Headquarters filled with professional women from all over the world and to listen to their inspiring discussions. Many new bonds were established and existing bonds strengthened. I hope this special issue of the newsletter will be a source of warm memories for many of you, and an inspiration for us all. With all my heart, I thank all of you for coming to Vienna and for making this possible. It could not have been done without you. Auf Wiedersehen in Abu Dhabi,
The conference was organized in cooperation with the IAEA, which funded the participation of almost 50 women, mostly from developing countries. With over 470 participants from 62 countries registered for the event, we had the best attended WiN Global conference ever.
On 25 August — the opening day — before a word was spoken, the tone was set by the delightful strains of the Blue Danube Waltz accompanying WiN IAEA’s President Eva Gyane’s introductory slide. The conference was opened by Se-Moon Park, WiN Global President; Janice Dunn-Lee, IAEA Deputy Director General of Management; and Eva Gyane. During the WiN Global General Assembly, held that day, Se- Moon Park and Dominique Mouillot, outgoing WiN Europe President, presented the WiN Declaration for the Earth Climate — which highlighted the crucial role of nuclear ener- gy in preserving the earth for future generations — for signature.
The conference programme, with its leitmotifs of women, nuclear, and peace, comprised plenary sessions — in the form of presentations, panels and discussions — covered the work of the IAEA; career development for women in the nuclear field, including communication; use of radiation in medicine; relevance of nuclear for energy, environment and climate change; nuclear safety, safeguards, security and non-proliferation.