1994, Sweden

The former chair of the European Nuclear Society (ENS), Jan Runermark, was aware of the upcoming challenges the nuclear sector will face: preserving the know-how of retiring nuclear-energy pioneers and perceiving a need for greater efforts to keep young professionals. As the former chair, he was aware of the importance and, therefore, started a Young Generation concept. The concept should attract young people with interest in the nuclear sector to be trained to be future national leaders within the industry.

Initiators of the ENS YGN. Standing, left to right: Johan Svenningsson (Sweden), Häkan Holmberg (Sweden), Maria del Mar Dominguez (Spain), Petra Lundström (Finland), Patrick Miazza (Switzerland), Marco Andreani (Italy), and Marie-Louise Stridh (Sweden). Seated, left to right: Françoise Vanthemsche (Belgium), Valérie Martin (France), Lars Fredrikson (chair ENS), Michael Ruiter (Netherlands), Mogens Bagger Hansen (Denmark), and Will Phythian (UK).

May 1995, Västeras, Sweden

Jan Runermark presented his proposal of the Young Generation Network (YGN) at the General Assembly meeting to all ENS member states. His intention to spread the YGN to all member countries has met with wholehearted approval. As a result, the ENS chair Lars Fredrikson and young representatives from ten countries, showing enthusiasm and diversity, met. Within this meeting, national YGNs and the ENS YGN were created. The ENS YGN was the first regional network. It is supervised by the ENS and monitors the European national YGNs.

After a day of intense brainstorming, the Terms of Reference for the ENS YGN have been defined, aiming for a long-term investment into the upcoming generations within the nuclear sector in Europe. The Terms of Reference declare:

“A Young Generation Network is to be created within Europe. The network will be affiliated with the European Nuclear Society and national societies promoting nuclear technology.”

1995, October, Germany

The German Young Generation (KTG JG) joined ENS YGN.

1995 November, Dresden, Germany

After Jan Runermark died in the summer of 1995, the ENS YGN along with the ENS Steering Committee honored him by creating the Jan Runermark Award. We presented this award yearly to professionals who have made a firm commitment to the Young Generation (YG).

1997, July, Czech Republic

The Czech Young Generation (CYG) joined ENS YGN.

1997, October, Slovakia

The Slovakian Young Generation (SNUS) joined ENS YGN.

1998, Finland

The Finnish Young Generation (ATG YGN) joined ENS YGN.

1998, Switzerland

The Swiss Young Generation (SGK YGN) joined ENS YGN.

1998, November, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The ENS YGN took part for the first time at the 4th Conference of Parties (COP4). Together with other YGN from around the globe, the “Young Nuclear Climate Teams” tried to be spread around the event as much as possible. The YGN representatives followed UN meetings, briefed the International Nuclear Forum, monitored sidebar activities, organized events, communicated with various parties, & prepared publications & statements.

1999, March, Croatia

The Croatian Young Generation (CNS YGN) joined ENS YGN.

July 1999, Bulgaria

The Bulgaria Young Generation (BgYGN) joined ENS YGN.

2005, Zagreb, Croatia

Inspired by the success of the International Young Nuclear Congress launched in 2000, the ENS YGN members launched an European equivalent, the European Nuclear Young Generation Forum (ENYGF). The CNS YGN organized the first ENYGF in Zagreb and continued biannually.


Introduction of the ENS YGN grant programme, which supported over 40 young professionals up to this day.

Blue: founder states, blue transparent: founder states currently inactive YGNs , yellow: later joined ENS YGNs, yellow transparent: currently inactive, grey: YGNs not existing anymore


21 countries are part of the ENS YGN, meeting regularly, organizing events, providing possibilities to young professionals, exchanging knowledge, and connecting.

All current members of the ENS YGN can be found here.