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IAEA Webinar: Careers for Women in Accelerator Science and Technology

Are you a female student or a young professional in the field of nuclear physics or nuclear engineering? Are you wondering in which area to specialize, or what the right next step in your career is? Then this webinar might be the right one for you. Join us at the first IAEA event to feature careers for women in accelerator science and technology and learn how you can accelerate your career in nuclear physics and nuclear engineering.

11:00 CET on 24 February 2021
Register for the event here: 
Password for the event: accelerators1!


Five world-renowned female accelerator experts will discuss their career paths and share with you what motivated them to start working and stay in a field which is still very male-dominated. They will talk about what it is like to be a woman working in this area and why accelerator science and technology is a promising and a fascinating career path for women.
You can ask questions at the end of the webinar.

Aliz Simon, Nuclear Physicist, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Aliz Simon is a nuclear physicist at the IAEA. She coordinates and plays a leading role in the international cooperation on the development of accelerator-based techniques and applications. Aliz promotes the exchange of scientific results and develops collaborations among various stakeholders, including research institutes, universities, governmental and international organizations. Her expertise spans over 20 years in a multi-disciplinary transformative frontier research. Aliz fosters the advancement of materials science, forensic science and heritage science with ion beams used for irradiation, materials engineering and analysis.

Ceri Brenner, Leader, Centre for Accelerator Science, Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Australia

Ceri Brenner is an accomplished physicist, innovator and an internationally-recognised leader in industry applications of plasma-based accelerators. She has experience in both traditional and next-generation accelerator technology and development. Previously, Ceri held the position of Group Leader at the Central Laser Facility of the Science and Technology Facility Council in the United Kingdom. She is specifically interested in the application of accelerator science in the design of next-generation healthcare technology, and in addressing grand societal challenges, such as environment and climate studies. Her PhD was on the topic of laser-driven proton acceleration from the interaction of petawatt laser pulses with solid foils, registered with University of Strathclyde but based full-time at UK's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Karen Cloete, Senior researcher, UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, School of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa

Karen Cloete completed her PhD in microbiology at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She is currently a scientist, ICTP-TRIL fellow and TWAS-UNESCO research associate affiliated to the University of South Africa. She applies accelerator-based techniques such as PIXE and synchrotron XRF to profile and map elemental distribution in various biological materials. She is a member of the Global Young Academy, an alumnus of the WEF Young Scientists community and a former co-chair of the South African Young Academy.

Lyudmila Goncharova, Director, Western Tandetron Accelerator Facility, Canada

Lyudmila Goncharova's research focuses on the broader area of metal oxide/alternative channel thin film structures and semiconductor quantum dots and their interfaces. She received her PhD degree in chemistry from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in the US, specializing in surface physics and thermal energy atomic scattering. From 2003 to 2007, she was a post-doctoral fellow and later became a faculty member of the Western University in Canada. Since 2012, Lyudmila has been the Director of the Western Tandetron Accelerator Facility, a unique facility for the analysis and modification of advanced materials with ion beams and nuclear techniques.

Melanie Bailey, Reader in Forensic and Analytical Science, University of Surrey, United Kingdom 

Melanie Bailey is a Reader in Forensic and Analytical Science in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Surrey. Her research is funded by a number of different research councils, including the BBSRC, EPSRC and EU. She currently holds a prestigious EPSRC fellowship, which is exploring the possibility of carrying out multimodal tissue imaging using accelerators and mass spectrometry imaging techniques. She has worked with the IAEA to build links between forensics providers and the ion beam community, to promote new tools for forensic investigations.