A substantial gender imbalance in the nuclear sciences deprives the world of access to many of the brightest minds that could contribute to improving the human condition through nuclear technologies.
Janice Dunn Lee, Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will address this issue in a 22 November event at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her briefing begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Auditorium.
Ms. Dunn Lee, the first female head of the IAEA Department of Management, is actively working to increase the number of women in senior positions at the Agency and to implement gender mainstreaming in its programs. Her briefing, 60 Years of Atoms for Peace: Women in Nuclear Science, will promote gender balance in the context of the IAEA's role in supporting the safe and secure use of nuclear technologies since U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower first proposed creating the institution in 1953.
"The nuclear world needs to make use of the talents and leadership abilities of everyone, men and women," Dunn Lee says. "We've increased the percentage of women in the IAEA's professional and higher-level categories dramatically in the last 10 years, so the trend is in the right direction, but there is more to be done."
The presentation will be available live on 22 November 2013 on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute website at 11:00-12:30 (EST) and 17:00-18:30 (CET). Technical requirements for viewing the presentation (6.x) on this URL can be found here.