After years of downtalking, amid an unprecedented concern over climate change, nuclear energy starts to enjoy again growing public recognition of its advantages. Opponents to the nuclear industry still communicate actively, but the undeniable reality of the global warming and the absolute need to decarbonise our planet make nuclear energy more and more indispensable. The message that a low carbon society cannot be achieved without the nuclear industry as a key partner - our theme for WNE 2020 -, slowly gets through.
Worldwide, top scientists, politicians, economists, journalists, professors, members of institutional bodies…put forward objective facts & figures to showcase the integration of nuclear energy in the energy mix. Their contribution is essential to convince the populations and the decision makers to come back to a more positive and rational opinion.
WNE decided to honor these members of the civil society by creating the WNE FELLOW AWARD. The selection of the entrants will spread over the second half of 2019. An international Jury will then nominate the winner. The Jury will be headed by
M. Bernard BIGOT, CEO of ITER. Prominent members of the Jury at this date include
Mrs Marie-Alice HAYWARD (Deputy General Director of the IAEA), Dr BASU (former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India),
M. Bill MAGWOOD (General Director of the NUCLEAR ENERGY AGENCY of the OECD), M. ZHENG DONGSHAN (Senior VPof CGN), M. Jean-Bernard LEVY (President of EDF), M. François JACQ (Chairman of the CEA).
The Award will be remitted at a special event the night before the opening of WNE 2020, on June 22nd 2020. A great evening of networking in perspective (by invitation only) with the presence of the world leaders of our industry. The Award Winner will speak also at the opening ceremony of WNE on Tuesday 23rd 2020 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center.
Introducing a new prestigious Award, enhancing highly appreciated existing concepts (speaking opportunities, workshops, guided tours…), attracting ever more world-class visitors & exhibitors… the 4th edition of WNE has the ambition to continuously boost its leading position as THE marketplace dedicated to the global civil nuclear community. More to come in the next newsletters!