Madrid has been the headquarters of the 27th WiN Global Conference, which was held at the Technical School of Industrial Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, from June 17th to 21st. More than 250 participants from 60 countries coming from five continents attended this international conference.
As a usual pre-conference activities, the internal meetings of the various WiN Commissions were held: Executive, Board, Communication & Mentoring, as well as the WiN Europe and WiN Africa chapters.
The opening ceremony took place on Tuesday June 18th, with the participation of Mr. Juan Carlos Lentijo, Deputy Director General of the IAEA, and leading representatives of Spanish organizations.
The congress was structured in five plenary sessions, which addressed the following topics:
- Long-term Operation of NPPs and Sustainability
- Innovation & Technology
- Ionizing Radiations Applications
- Women in Nuclear Sector
- Education & Training
In these sessions we had the participation of various speakers, experts in their work areas, coming from different countries and companies. Likewise, an interesting mentoring session was held, with junior and senior professionals, and more than 150 posters were presented.
As is traditional, the Win Global meeting ended with the presentation of the Country Reports and the cession of the WiN Global flag from WiN Spain to WiN Canada, organizer of the next WiN Global meeting to be held in 2020.
At the Gala dinner, the WiN Awards were presented: WiN Award to Ms. Maria Luisa Castaño, and the WiN Honorary Award, to Ms. Eva Gayne.
As additional activities, the attendants had the opportunity participate in technical visits to: Almaraz NPP; El Cabril (Spanish disposal facility for very low, low and intermediate level radioactive waste); Ciemat (Spanish research center), and CNIC (National Center for Cardiovascular Research).
In addition, the social program included visits to Toledo, Museo del Prado and “Madrid de los Austrias”.
All the information of this WiN Global Meeting is available at www.winglobalmadrid2019.org where the papers and photos of the event will be incorporated in the coming days.