Issue No. 37 Summer
(July 2012)


ENS News

Word from the President

High Scientific Council - Conference Highlight: TopSafe 2012

Social media – you can’t ignore them!

ENS Events

TopFuel 2012

ENC 2012 Career Event

ETRAP 2013

Member Societies

EPE2012 conference in Brno, Czech Republic: Focus on fusion

Romanian “Nuclear Energy” Association  - in action!

Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP)

News from the Hungarian Nuclear Society

Physics on Wheels – CERN

SNE News

Conference in Croatia on small and medium-size electricity grid


YGN Report

TopSafe 2012: The post-Fukushima Era

Austrian and German Nuclear Societies’ Young Generation Networks visit Chernobyl

Atoms for the Future 2012

AREN – Young Generation chapter organises workshop on knowledge transfer

Corporate Members

More than 4,000 people from 53 countries attend ATOMEXPO 2012

European Institutions

“Present supply of nuclear experts in EU is insufficient to cover demand until 2020 and needs a boost,” says EHRO-N

ENS World News

ENS sponsored conferences

ENS Members

Links to ENS Member Societies

Links to ENS Corporate Members

Editorial staff

TopFuel 2012

TopFuel 2012
2 - 6 September 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom


ENC 2012

ENC 2012
9 - 12 December 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom


Pime 2013

PIME 2013
17 - 20 February 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland

ETRAP 2013

ETRAP 2013
13 - 15 March 2013 in Vienna, Austria


Social media – you can’t ignore them!

Nowadays, each active internet user is a member of one or more social media networks. But what are these social media really all about? Well, they are an instrument for communicating socially and interactively; in other words any website that invites a visitor to interact with it - and other surfers - could be said to be social media friendly. Social media enable visitors to join in by communicating and becoming part of a rapidly expanding social network. Finally, social media can be broadly defined as the creation of the world as we would like it to be rather than as it actually is.

How did it all start? Maybe not everyone knows that the history of social media dates back to 1978, when two computer experts, Wards Christensen and Randy Suess, created the “bulletin board system.” In 1993, the launching of the Mosaic web browser laid the historical foundations for the creation of the “world wide web.” In the years that followed, blogs and bloggers exploded onto the scene, with Google+, Twitter and, most popular of all, Facebook (ca.600 Mil. users today), becoming worldwide “institutions,” fuelling what has become a modern communications phenomenon.

Check the following “infographic” for details on the history of social media
The importance of social media has not only been grasped by ordinary, socially engaged internet surfers, but also by some of the world’s largest corporations, as well as a variety of international organisations and public authorities. They too appreciate the considerable value to be had from communicating directly with virtual visitors to their websites.

ENS, which has over 70,000 visitors on its website every month, decided to extend its communications activities to add social media to the standard, more traditional communications tools that it uses, such as ENS NEWS. Last year, ENS created a Linked-In Group called ENS Career Platform, which is linked to the ENS Education, Training and Career Platform. Through this Linked–In Group ENS shares the latest information available on education or training opportunities offered by universities and nuclear stakeholders. It is also a good place to find out more about job opportunities in the nuclear world.

ENS Twitter account

The second social media network in which ENS has been actively involved recently is Twitter, where it participates under the account name euronuclear. Twitter gives ENS a great opportunity to communicate directly and succinctly about its activities, about approaching conference deadlines or about nuclear news in general. Because each tweet must be limited to only 160 characters the emphasis is on short, too-the-point and effective communications!

Become a member of the ENS Linked-In Group and follow our ENS tweets!

Emilia Janisz, ENS

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