06/24/2022
STEM Education for Women is Gaining Traction

A mentoring session Women in STEM* for female students of technical universities was held in Obninsk at the site of IATE MEPHI (Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering - branch of the National Nuclear Research University MEPHI).

STEM Education for Women is Gaining Traction

This event was organized with the participation of Rosatom and the Women in Nuclear Society and was held in Russia for the third time. It was timed to coincide with the Day of the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy.

The Women in STEM session was held as an open dialogue between female professionals (scientists and technical industry leaders) and female students of major Rosatom partner universities. Participants discussed gender stereotypes related to nuclear disciplines, the importance of promoting role-models of women leaders in science and technology, female students’ motivation, the challenges of choosing a profession and opportunities for professional realization in nuclear industry.

The 2022 mentoring event was launched by Rosatom’s CHRO Tatyana Terentyeva and Adviser to Rosatom’s Director General Vladimir Artisyuk.

“Rosatom, a renowned technology leader in nuclear technology, values all of its employees irrespective of their age, sex, or other status. We promote a policy of equal opportunities, and, accordingly, take steps to develop communities to support women in hi-tech industries. And these mentoring sessions is exactly what we need to help make the right decisions and show what professional horizons are opening up in high-technology industries,” said Tatiana Terentyeva.

The first girl to be authorized to operate a research nuclear reactor in Russia was a special guest of the Women in STEM mentoring session. Alina Gorbunova, the engineer responsible for operating of the research nuclear reactor at Tomsk Polytechnic University, talked about choosing her profession, why it is important and interesting, and why one should not be afraid to pay attention to “male” professions.

The event was rounded off with speeches by nuclear education ambassadors - students from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Tomsk Polytechnic Institute, and the Institute for Financial Technologies and MEPHI National Nuclear Research University.

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The first mentoring in Russia was managed in 2019 for female students Of MEPHI National Nuclear Research University (MEPHI NNRU) in cooperation with the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (NEA OECD). The second event was held in October 2021 in Saint Petersburg as part of the 3rd Eurasian Women’s Forum.