Dear IYNC BoD members,
Dear IYNC community,
As 2018 ends and 2019 begins, it’s time to look back at this incredible year, full of successes for our international organization.
In March, our IYNCWIN18 Congress was a true success with more than 400 participants from 37 countries. Young professionals, senior leaders and mentors all came together for an unforgettable week-long event in beautiful San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. The conference was splendidly co-organized with WiN Global, WiN Argentina and Argentina YGN.
In May, we had the honour to moderate the kick-off event of an important initiative at the Clean Energy Ministerial – the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future). As we move forward, we continue to cooperate with the initiative in different parts of the world.
June was the time of the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris with IYNC receiving a prestigious award from WiN for the great success and organization of IYNCWIN18. During the same week, IYNC happily participated in and supported the final stage of the innovation contests Spark and Innovatome, which form part of the first edition of Innovation4Nuclear (I4N).
August and September were months full of important activities. We witnessed the formation of the first Rosatom Youth Council after a week-long conference in St. Petersburg with 700 young professionals coming from every part of Russia.
In September, we focused our energy on the IAEA General Conference with a large delegation, many meetings and network opportunities. Most importantly, we co-organized and moderated a side event together with the UAE Permanent Mission to the IAEA on the role of young professionals in the future of nuclear energy.
In the same month, IYNC and the Africa YGN teamed up for the first innovation contest I4N-AYGN as part of the I4N 2020 cycle. This continental contest will run in 2019 with different regional phases and a final in October 2019. The winner will have the opportunity to attend IYNC2020 in Sydney, Australia.
Over the last months and weeks of the year, we have seen IYNC take part in numerous events in many parts of the world. While co-hosting a Millennial Nuclear Caucus in Tokyo (at the margins of the IF-NEC meeting), a large delegation from IYNC and IYNC2020 participated in the Nuclear Youth Summit and Festival in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Last but not least, in December, we attended COP24 as part of the Nuclear4Climate initiative in order to highlight the role of nuclear as part of the solution to combat climate change.
Finally, I cannot wait for the 2019 to come. We already a number of events confirmed for the first half of the year in the IYNC calendar, such as the IYNC midterm Board of Directors meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE; IYNC annual meeting to review the activities of the organization with members coming from all around the world; the Clean Energy Ministerial 2019 in Canada will be an important event to reinforce the message of a balanced energy mix and also to engage the broader energy community; and ENYGF2019 in Belgium, the biennial gathering of the European YGN under the theme of “Nuclear for Health”.
Please let me conclude with a few words on IYNC2020: the Congress will be in Sydney, 8-13 March 2020, under the theme of “Diversity in Nuclear”. The beginning of 2019 will bring many opportunities for all of you to be part of this project…stay tuned!Together, we continue to write the IYNC success story and this is not possible without the many volunteers and the Young Generation Networks, all committed and passionate about youth, the future, and nuclear energy.
Thank you to everyone to all of you from the IYNC Officers team and myself.
We wish you all a prosperous and bright 2019