iaps4fusion 2015

Update 15/08/15, 13:00 (CET): registration is now closed. Thanks to all those who have shown interest- we are very glad that this event has attracted so much attention so far! If you missed the opportunity to sign up but are keen to still take part, please email Francesco (francesco.sciortino@iaps.info) and you will be added to a waiting list. In case somebody cancels his/her participation, you will be informed immediately.

For all those who registered: we will be in contact soon to let you know whether we will be able to offer you a place.

It is finally time to launch a long-awaited event!

iaps4fusion 2015 will be a new and unique excursion to the United Kingdom to visit the best of research in the world in the field of plasma physics. In particular, our activities will focus on the theme of nuclear fusion, which brings exciting physics and great hopes for the future to many of us!

Between September 27th and October 1st, we plan on visiting the following three facilities:

– The University of Oxford, a historical academic institution in both science and humanities, will be our first destination. We will spend two full days in Oxford, also visiting the wonderful city and some of the colleges.

– The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), which hosts the largest fusion reactor in the world, the Joint European Torus (JET). This experimental reactor works on the principle of magnetic plasma confinement. The CCFE also hosts the UK fusion facility, MAST, and is leading the way towards the completion of the international fusion reactor ITER.

Imperial College London, located in one of the most beautiful areas of the British capital, is a world leader in science, technology and medicine. In our visit, we will explore some more areas of plasma physics, including astrophysical plasmas, z-pinch machines and simulation of laser-plasma interactions.


Registration for this event will begin on August 2nd, at 13:00 (CET), and will continue until August 15th, at 13:00 (CET).

The participation fee will be fixed at €120 per person. This is only possible thanks to the generous support of the British Institute of Physics (IOP), the European Physical Society and the donations of IAPS Alumni!

For a more complete description of the programme and its organisers, please download the iaps4fusion Programme (.pdf format). Follow IAPS on its Facebook page to receive a number of updates during the registration period!

Brief summary of the programme

The group will meet on September 27th in Oxford, which is easily reachable from London by train or bus. We will spend the first two nights in Oxford, where we plan on visiting the city and the university. We expect to be able to offer a number of talks by Oxford academics working in the field of plasma physics.

In the morning of September 29th, we will move by train to the site of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), where we will see the Joint European Torus (JET). This is the largest experimental fusion reactor in the world and is currently paving the way to the development of the ITER project. At the CCFE, we will also have 3 talks by local researchers, who will explain some of the most appealing aspects of their work. The level of the content will be adapted based on the average level of education of the group.

After our visit in Culham, we will move by train again to London. At first, we will reach our hostel and then spend the night in the city center. The following day we plan on visiting the famous London Science Museum and the South Kensington area. We will have lunch at Imperial College and in the afternoon we will be welcomed by members of the Plasma Physics Group. We expect to have 3 talks on different topics: not only fusion, but also astrophysical plasmas and extreme materials. We will conclude the activities with a socializing moment in the company of members of Staff and PhD students from Imperial College.

In the last evening, the group will eat together and then move to the Imperial College Union, where student-friendly prices should make it possible for anyone to enjoy a last night in London. The following morning, we will form groups exploring the city along different paths; participants will be free to leave at any time to take their flights home if they wish.

Terms and conditions

Please read carefully and take note of the following:

1.) All personal data will be handled confidentially. It will not be forwarded to any third parties except where necessary for the purpose of the conference. Please keep in mind that we will forward some of the information in your registration form to the University of Oxford, the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and to Imperial College London. We will also send your name and university to the board of the national/local committees of IAPS to check your IAPS membership.
2.) Only students enrolled in a university or similar institution on a physics or physics-related course, as well as up to twelve months after receiving a degree from a university are able to participate in this event. Only students with an age of at least 18 years are allowed to attend the conference.
3.) You acknowledge and agree that the organizing committee and the hosts of the event have no responsibility whatsoever for injuries, losses, or damages of any kind that result from your participation in iaps4fusion 2015.
4.) By participating in the event you agree to be filmed, photographed, and otherwise recorded during the conference and hereby expressly grant the organizing committee and IAPS the right to use your picture, movie or any other form of media publication. You also confirm that the information contained in this application is true and correct
5.) You accept that the organizing committee cannot be made responsible for the content of any talk, poster, workshop, excursion or similar activity.
6.) You accept that, in case of cancellation by a participant, the Organising Committee will provide a reimbursement only if a replacement for the student can be found.  No reimbursement will be given for membership fees under any circumstances. If a reimbursement were to be approved, the Organising Committee will retain a total of €10 from the fee as a contribution to the expenses to the event. All decisions about financial aspects of the event will need to be approved by the entire Organising Committee.
.) The present terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the United Kingdom.

— The Organising Committee

Danielle Harper, Francesco Sciortino, Steven Kleinegesse,  Tzs Hei Choi, Deividas Sabonis