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FuseNet Newsletter - November 2012

Contents of this newsletter:

Welcome to the FuseNet Newsletter

Dear FuseNet friends,

It my great pleasure to welcome you to the first issue of the FuseNet NewsLetter.

The FuseNet Association is rapidly expanding and we felt that it would be good to keep you informed of developments. Developments in the Association as well as external developments in as far as they are relevant to our mission: education in fusion science and technology. We will update you at least monthly. The NewsLetter will be concise and mostly link to information that is available on the FuseNet website. In that way we hope that the NewsLetter will enhance your awareness of the many things FuseNet does, and can do for you, without cluttering your inbox.

In any case, there'll be reports on recent events, pointers to upcoming events and meetings and news from the Association bodies: General Assembly, Board of Governers and Executive office. On behalf of all of those I hope you will enjoy reading this NewsLetter! And most importantly: FuseNet is our joint network: for students, for teachers, for everyone who takes fusion education to heart. You can help to make FuseNet a lively place with your comments, suggestions for improvement, or just any good idea you may want to share, by sending an email to me at

Niek Lopes Cardozo (chair FuseNet Association)

FuseNet at the SOFT conference

FuseNet was represented in one of the conference stands at the 27th Symposium on Fusion Technology. The presentation on a big screen attracted the attention and many representatives of industry and universities dropped by to learn more about our activities. In one of the sattelite meetings of the SOFT conference, FuseNet held a round table discussion with industry representatives on the changing needs in fusion education. A presentation in the afternoon by Christian Schönfelder of the Fusion Industry Innovation Forum zoomed in further on the role of industry in defining and developing fusion technologies.

Read more on FuseNet and the education sessions that we held at the SOFT conference, on the FuseNet site:

FuseNet PhD event 2012

The second FuseNet sponsored PhD event took place last month in Pont-à-Mousson, France, and was hosted by Universite de Lorraine.  Almost one hundred PhD students from all across Europe gathered to network and learn from each others' work. During the three intense days, the students attended invited lectures, defended proposals in group presentations, presented their own work in a poster session and reflected on the career options for fusion scientists. And there was still some time to enjoy the evening banquet and each others company.

Read the eye-witness reports from students who attended the FuseNet PhD event 2012:

FuseNet Project status: one more year

The FuseNet FP7-project has been extended by one year, until 1 October 2013. During this year, FuseNet will continue optimizing the annual joint European PhD event, with a third edition scheduled to take place, probably at the University of York in the U.K. We will organize several 1-week master classes using the hands-on experiments that were developed in the project, and support the writing and production of the FuseNet book on Fusion Technology. We also develop an effective matchmaking service for internships in industry, in collaboration with FIIF and use the following year to firmly establish the Fusenet Association as continuation of the FP7 project.

FuseNet Association welcomes ITER and DTU as new members

The FuseNet Association welcomes the two latest new members: the ITER organisation, and the Technical University of Denmark. In a letter to FuseNet, the ITER director-general prof. Osamu Motojima wrote: "FUSENET provides access to virtually the entire [European] fusion student population and will help harmonize the fusion educational programmes with the needs of ITER". The membership of ITER is vital, as FuseNet wants to prepare a generation of students to be ready to take on the new challenges that large projects such as ITER require.

The association is also glad to welcome the Technical University of Denmark. Risø DTU, with the Fusion and plasma physics group within the DTU Physics department, is also one of the 36 members of the FuseNet project.

Academic Council of FuseNet established, FuseNet ready to award European Fusion Master and Doctorate Certificates

As laid down in the statutes, the FuseNet Association is governed by the Board of Governors which reports to the General Assembly, while the daily management is in the hands of the Executive Office. But for all academic matters the Board of Governors has established a permanent advisory body: the Academic Council of FuseNet (ACF).

The ACF advises on all academic matters, including: the joint criteria for the European Fusion Master and Doctorate and the accreditation of educational institutions or individual theses according to the joint criteria. The ACF has been launched with the following composition: Prof. Milan Tychi, Prof Hartmut Zohm, Prof Ambrogio Fasoli; Prof. Howard Wilson; Prof. Horacio Fernandes and Prof. Piergiorgio Sonato. The ACF has chosen Prof Ambrogio Fasoli as its Chair.

With the ACF in place, the FuseNet Association is now ready to start one of its central activities: the award of European Master and Doctorate certificates to students who have followed a fusion curriculum with sufficient breadth and depth according to the criteria that were jointly established in the FuseNet Project.

FuseNet has now also opened a channel on Youtube.
Click here to watch the video.