Abu Dhabi to host Women in Nuclear conference in November
ABU DHABI 30th March 2016 (WAM) -- Under the patronage of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation president of the General Women's Union chairwoman of Motherhood and Childhood Supreme Council Abu Dhabi will host the 24th Global Annual Conference of the Women in Nuclear (WiN) organisation in November.
According to an announcement of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) the event will mark the first annual conference of WiN in the Middle East.
The WiN conference draws attendees from around the world from a network of more than 25000 members in more than 100 countries. Participants from the UAE include representatives from the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation Khalifa University and Health Authority-Abu Dhabi among others.
"At Enec we are committed to encouraging the development of our female staff. I am impressed by the talented women who serve in crucial roles in the safe and quality-driven development of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant" said Mohamed Al Hammadi Enec CEO.
"The selection of Abu Dhabi to host the WiN Global Annual Conference is testament to the hard work and commitment of the women who are working to develop the UAE's peaceful nuclear energy program."
WiN is a global organisation that supports and encourages women working in nuclear industries. The WiN UAE Chapter which celebrated its first anniversary in May 2015 accomplished several major achievements in its first year. Members attended and presented at the 2014 and 2015 WiN Global Annual Conferences in Australia and Austria respectively and at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna Austria.
With its Energy Pioneers scholarship programme Enec supports the future nuclear energy leaders who will oversee safe operations of the country's first nuclear energy plant. Currently more than 27 per cent of students in Enec's educational programmes are female and the percentage of female students increases to 36 per cent in the Higher Diploma in Nuclear Technology programme.
By 2020 Enec will need approximately 2500 employees to operate its four nuclear reactors at Barakah in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi with 60 per cent of these roles to be filled by Emiratis.
Construction of the UAE's first nuclear energy plant continues to progress safely at Barakah with Unit 1 now more than 85 per cent is completed and all four units are more than 62 per cent completed. Once operational the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant will provide up to a quarter of the UAE's electricity needs and save up to 12 million tons of carbon emissions annually.