ENS Young Generation Network
The future of nuclear lies with the young generation
In 1995, ENS supported a proposal from the late Jan
Runermark, the then President-elect of ENS, to help spread the Young
Generation Network (YGN) to all member countries. Today, the YGN exists
in many European countries and has developed clear objectives.
1. Attracting more young people
The people who built today’s nuclear industry
and know-how in Europe are starting to retire. More and more young people
must be prepared to take on leadership positions in the nuclear industry.
YGN stands for positive measures to recruit and
educate young people as engineers, technicians and skilled staff
in the nuclear field: from school to university and in the industry
YGN stands for attractive careers for young people.
2. Training new leaders
In some countries, the transition of leadership from
the generation which built the industry to the young generation is already
taking place. In others, it is set to take place soon. That’s
3. Thinking nationally
The YGN seeks to bring together young people working
in the nuclear field at a national level. In the main, their activities
are fully integrated into the national nuclear societies. That’s
YGN stands for the formation of a YGN in every European country
with a nuclear sector.
YGN stands for active participation of young people in the national
nuclear societies, particularly in leadership positions.
4. Thinking internationally
The nuclear business is an international one. Tomorrow’s
leaders must have an international perspective and they must know their
colleagues in other countries. That’s why:
5. Opening up nuclear conferences
For too long only mature and experienced industry
employees were able to attend technical and scientific conferences.
Young people need to be able to express their views at such events if
they are to lead the industry. That’s why:
YGN stands for opening up topical seminars, conferences and other
technical meetings to young people.
YGN stands for adapting the agendas to reflect the needs of young
people and to ensure a proper transfer of skills.
YGN stands for organising relevant seminars and topical meetings
which are specifically aimed at young people.
How to join
If you are a member of a national nuclear society, contact them. You can also contact the YGN in your country. Membership is open to people working in all
aspects of the nuclear field including industry, academia and research.