MEPhI held workshop “Women in Nuclear Sphere”

On 27th May, the International Center for Public Diplomacy IIR MEPHI in partnership with the International Scientific and Methodical Center held the workshop "Women in nuclear sphere".

The event took place on the ZOOM platform. Over 100 people registered for the event. Participants were 90 people from more than 30 international, state, educational, scientific and industrial organizations of Russia, Belarus, Austria, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.

Stressing the importance of the women role in the nuclear sphere, honored guests delivered welcoming remarks. Among them were MEPhI Vice Rector Tatyana Leonova, Deputy Minister of Digital and Technological Development of Sakhalin Reg ion Maria Ganchenkova, IIR MEPhI Director Boris Tulinov, President of the American University in Moscow Edward Lozansky, Head of MEPhI Grant Office Natalia Omerova, Deputy Director IIR MEPhI  Andrey Cherkasskiy, Head of the International Scientific and Methodological Center MEPhI Konstantin Kogos, Associate Professor Elena Tsyvkunova. The workshop was moderated by Deputy Head of the International Center for Public Diplomacy IIR MEPhI Artem Zharov, and by students IIR MEPhI Milana Ozerina and Anastasia Salnikova.

President of «Women in Nuclear» Russia and Director of the information portal «» Alyona Yakovleva told about activities of the international organization WIN Global, which bring together more than 300 000 women-specialists in 48 national chapters and assists in their professional growth and career development. The speaker also paid attention to the launch of a new project on information portal — interviews with women-specialists. The project aims to find an effective way of overcoming the challenges faced by women in the nuclear industry.

Visiting Research Fellow of Center for Energy and Security Studies Anastasia Shavrova shared her work experience in a research organization in Russia. Speaker told listeners how to get into the profession, and told about the advantages, disadvantages, and prospects of this career path. Speaker noticed that students should choose 1-2 topics and have a basic understanding of all relevant issues on the international agenda.

Head of Maria Sklodowska Curie project of IAEA Elena Zhivitskaya spoke in detail about the scholarship program that allows talented students to get a nuclear education at any university in the world and have an internship at the IAEA for 6-12 months.

Analyst for Open Nuclear Network, a Program of One Earth Future Veronika Bedenko devoted her presentation to the topic of international efforts to achieve gender parity in nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament fora. Answering questions about her career, Veronika advised students to be proactive and regularly improve their knowledge.

Research Officer in Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) Natalia Zhurina shared her success story and gave practical recommendations on the first steps in the industry.  Natalia advised young professionals and students to find a mentor who will help develop useful qualities and share her or his rich experience.

The presentation on the outstanding achievements of women in the nuclear sphere was prepared by the Deputy Director of the Russian Academic Excellence Project Office of MEPhI Natalia Muller. It was presented by IIR MEPhI Milana Ozerina and Anastasia Salnikova.

As a result, the participants noted the information relevance and content received from the speakers.

Speakers have shown a great example that we have a lot of opportunities and can work almost everywhere.”
Ak Meriem

“It is important to cover the topic of gender inequality, especially in the scientific field. Young students need to see examples of women who gain success and outstanding results.”
Ponomareva Ulyana

“Today the theme of women’s role in the nuclear sphere still needs attention. It is always useful to listen to smart people.”
Fetisova Yana

“There were many participants, but nothing distracted from the performances. The girls told us about their experience and work, motivated us to go forward. I liked everything from beginning to end. I hope such events will take place further.”
 Klishina Elena