The 25th WiN Global Annual Conference
Date: 28th August-1st September 2017
Venue: China National Convention Centre, Beijing, China
Theme: Women, Nuclear, Cooperation and Harmony
WiN Global 2017 Annual Conference After efficient, thorough and detailed preparations by WiN China, WiN Global 2017 was held at the Chinese National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing from 29 August to 30 August 2017, with the theme of “Women, Nuclear, Cooperation and Harmony”. The actual conference was preceded by WiN Global Executive and Board meetings and excursions to the Great Wall. lssue 53,3/2017(September) 2 WiN Global Quarterly Newsletter During the Executive and Board meetings, held on the SNPTC premises, WiN Global President Dr. Gabi Voigt announced the registration of WiN Global as a legal entity under Austrian association law. This is a significant milestone in the development of WiN Global from a loose network to a non-governmental organization, which will facilitate its future activities and collaboration with other nuclear-related entities. Gabi Voigt welcomed WiN Russia, represented by President Alena Yakovleva, to the WiN Global community. The dates and venues of the next WiN Global conferences were announced as follows: 11-17 March 2018: WiN Global 2018 in Bariloche, Argentina, together with IYNC June 2019: WiN Global 2019 in Madrid, Spain October 2020: WiN Global 2020 in Canada (venue TBD) 2021: WiN Global 2021 in Sharm Al-Sheikh, Egypt The conference was attended by some 350 Chinese and foreign representatives from 32 countries and regions. The opening ceremony on 29 August saw welcome and keynote speeches by honorary guests from the China Atomic Energy Authority, the Chinese Nuclear Society, the State Power Investment Corporation, the State Nuclear Power Technology Company, the IAEA, and WiN Global. Almost 30 WiN chapter presidents or their representatives reported on nuclear developments and WiN-related activities in their respective countries. While there are a few newcomer countries in the WiN Global community (the UAE, Turkey, Egypt), it was at the same time disheartening to note the decline of the nuclear industry and beginning or ongoing phase-out in countries such as Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and most recently Korea. Concerted efforts by the WiN community will be needed to underline and communicate the significant role nuclear energy needs to play in the fight against climate change. The WiN Global general assembly concluded the first day of the conference. In the evening the gala dinner was held in one of the festive halls of the CNCC. The programme included music by a ladies’ band, a Tai Chi session and a surprise show by (almost real) two Chinese dragons. During the dinner, this year’s WiN award was given to Ms Fang Rong, Chief Economist of SNPTC, and the honorary award to Ms Dominique Mouillot, the former VicePresident of WiN Global and the former President of WiN Europe (accepted on her behalf by Anne-Marie Birac). The conference participants continued the WiN tradition of closing the gala dinner by dancing to disco music. The second day was devoted to five panel sessions, highlighting the charm of nuclear, nuclear safety (and security and safeguards), women in nuclear, nuclear cooperation and harmony in nuclear. Several presentations brought facts about nuclear energy, which could be used for communicating the benefits of nuclear energy as a clean source of energy. More than 90 posters were exhibited on both days of the conference and poster awards were finally given to the best ten posters. After the passing of the WiN Global flag to WiN Argentina, WiN Global President closed the conference by thanking WiN China and their sponsors and supporters for the excellent organization of the conference. In the evening, conference participants were given the opportunity to visit the Big Show at the Beijing Liyuan Theater. On 31 August, conference participants were offered an optional technical tour to the Centre of Excellence on Nuclear Security and a cultural tour to the Imperial Palace. Participants in the technical tour in Shandong province departed for Yantai in the evening. On 1 September they visited the CAP 1400 Project and the HTGR reactor in Rongcheng and the AP1000 Project in Haiyang, which left them deeply impressed with the developments and the lssue 53,3/2017(September) 3 WiN Global Quarterly Newsletter progress of the Chinese nuclear industry, in particular in the area of advanced passive nuclear power technology. WiN Global 2017 provided a wonderful opportunity for mostly female nuclear professionals to meet and network, to discuss technical topics of common interest and to learn about latest nuclear developments in many countries of the world. At the same time, WiN Global 2017 also highlighted the need for its members to continue communicating the benefits of nuclear energy to the wider public in order to oppose increasing efforts by the anti-nuclear community to eliminate this source of clean energy from countries’ energy portfolios. Owing to the efforts by WiN China and its supporters, WiN Global 2017 was a great success and it has left all participants with lasting memories of China, its culture and the many advancements in its nuclear technology.