IAEA Learning Resources in Fusion: Educating the Next Generation of Fusion Experts  

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 12:45-13h45 CEST

Over the last years, fusion has been advancing quicker than ever before and more experts are needed now in this field to help accelerate scientific and technical progress to achieve the goal of commercially viable fusion energy. An IAEA publication entitled “Fundamentals of Magnetic Fusion Technology”, established in cooperation with the European Fusion Education Network (FuseNet), provides information on the basics and recent advancements in fusion technology and will contribute to educating the next generation of fusion experts. 

The textbook addresses recent scientific and technological progress in fusion and features specialized chapters written by experts in the field, presenting the main research and development concepts and design options in fusion technology. This publication is a comprehensive reference for Master and PhD students and complements another IAEA textbook entitled “Fusion Physics”. 

The speakers at the event will make brief presentations on why advancing fusion technology is key to achieving commercially viable fusion energy and will highlight how this textbook can inspire students to follow a career in fusion.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Mr Alexis Devitre, Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  • Mr Christian Day, Head of the Department of Vacuum, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Mr Gianfranco Federici, Head of the Technology Department, EUROfusion, Germany 
  • Mr Guido Van Oost, Professor, Emeritus of Ghent University, Belgium (Editor of the book)
  • Mr Roddy Vann, University of York, Chair of the Board of Governors of FuseNet, United Kingdom
  • Mr Samuel Jimenez, Lead Research Engineer, UK Atomic Energy Authority, United Kingdom
  • Ms Sehila Gonzalez De Vicente, Nuclear Physicist at the IAEA and Editor of the Book, will moderate the event. 

Written chat will be available for questions and comments during that time.


Women in Fusion

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 12:45-13:45 CEST

Women account for less than 30% of the world’s scientists and researchers and this percentage is even lower in fields such as nuclear physics and nuclear engineering, including fusion science and technology. The IAEA is committed to achieving gender equity in nuclear sciences and applications and this side event is part of the ongoing efforts of the Agency to increase the representation of women in this field.

The virtual event will feature four female fusion experts, who will highlight their own career paths and will discuss the institutional and personal support needed to help women experts excel in fusion science and technology, and ultimately close the persistent gender gap in this field.

The panelists will make brief presentations followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Ms Gabriella Saibene, Head of Unit of Antennas and Plasma Engineering, Fusion for Energy
  • Ms Liao Min, Section Leader in Magnets, ITER Organization
  • Ms Simona Breidokaitė, PhD Student in Fusion, Lithuanian Energy Institute
  • Ms Zabrina Johal, Strategic Development Executive, General Atomics, USA
  • Ms Najat Mokhtar, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, will give opening remarks.
  • Ms Sehila Gonzalez De Vicente, Nuclear Physicist at the IAEA, will moderate the event. 

Written chat will be available for questions and comments during that time.

Celebrating 60 Years of Fusion Energy Conferences

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 12:45-13:45 CEST

The IAEA’s Fusion Energy Conference (FEC) series was established in 1961 and has since then shaped the field of nuclear fusion. The FEC has become the main platform for discussing key physics and technology issues as well as innovative concepts directly relevant to the use of nuclear fusion as a future energy source.

The number of papers submitted for the FEC has increased significantly over the years, from 100–150 papers in the 1960s to over 700 in the last decade, and the number of participants has doubled from 500 to over 1000. Today, more than 40 countries and international organizations attend the FEC.

The side event will be the premiere of a short film celebrating the FEC 60th anniversary. The film will feature historic photos and video footage from previous FECs as well as interviews with fusion pioneers, including:

  • Mr Boris Kuteev, Professor in Tokamak Physics, Kurchatov Institute, Russian Federation
  • Mr Friedrich Wagner, Former Head of the ASDEX tokamak experiment, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Germany
  • Mr Jean Jacquinot, Scientific Adviser to the CEA and Senior Adviser to the ITER Organization Director General
  • Mr Mike Forrest, Former Head of Advanced Fusion Diagnostics, UK Atomic Energy Authority, United Kingdom
  • Mr Richard Hawryluk, Associate Director for Fusion, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, USA

Mr  Matteo Barbarino, Nuclear Physicist at the IAEA, will moderate the event.