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December 31, 2014 (Issue 91)


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Director’s Corner
C.M. Greenfield
Schedule of Burning Plasma Events
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Director’s Corner

by C.M. Greenfield

May you live in interesting times

As 2014 draws to a close, I think we can all agree we’ve been both cursed and blessed by interesting times. For the second year in a row, US fusion research has been funded at a surprisingly high level in the recent “Cromnibus” (we aren’t the only ones who regularly invent new words!) FY15 federal spending bill. FESAC completed its report on “Strategic Planning: Priorities Assessment and Budget Scenarios” (now posted on the USBPO website; click on “2014 FESAC Strategic Planning Panel”), and that process will continue in the coming months with a series of community workshops aimed at informing a DOE FES Strategic Plan. You should expect to hear more information about that process in the coming weeks.

Construction of ITER is progressing in France, with the B2 slab (that will support the entire tokamak complex) having been completed on August 27 and the walls of the tokamak building now rising. Other recent progress at the ITER site includes completion of the Cryostat workshop and opening of the new addition to the Headquarters building. At the same time, deliveries of tokamak components have begun, including some of the first large “exceptional loads.”

Cranes around the ITER tokamak pit

Cranes rise around the ITER tokamak pit as the tokamak complex buildings begin to rise above the construction site. (Photo © ITER Organization)

Changes are underway in ITER management as well, most notably the recent nomination of Bernard Bigot as the next Director General. At the same time, efforts are in progress to develop a “realistic schedule” for presentation to the ITER Council at their June, 2015 meeting.

Happy Holidays

On behalf of the entire leadership of the US Burning Plasma Organization, I hope you and your families are having a happy and relaxing holiday season. And I look forward to an even more interesting (in a good way!) 2015.

Schedule of Burning Plasma Events

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NSTX-U First Plasma —
W7-X First Plasma —
January, Due date for report concerning the ten-year strategic plan of the Fusion Energy Sciences division of the US Department of Energy.
January 14, DEADLINE for abstract submission to the 7th IAEA Technical Meeting on Theory of Plasma Instabilities
January 15, DEADLINE for abstract submission to the 1st European Conference on Plasma Diagnostics
February 14, DEADLINE for abstract submission to the 12th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology
March 4–6, 7th IAEA Technical Meeting on Theory of Plasma Instabilities, Frascati, Italy
March 16-18, 2015 Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference, New York, NY
March 16–27, Joint ICTP–IAEA Advanced School and Workshop on Modern Methods in Plasma Spectroscopy, ICTP — Miramare, Trieste, Italy
March 23 – April 3, Winter School on Turbulence, Magnetic Fields and Self Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, Les Houches, France
March 25–27, ITPA: Energetic Particles Topical Group Meeting, ITER Headquarters, France
April 14–17, 1st European Conference on Plasma Diagnostics, Frascati, Italy
April 14–17, ITPA: MHD Topical Group Meeting, ITER Headquarters, France
April 27–29, 21st Topical Conference on Radiofrequency Power in Plasmas, Lake Arrowhead, CA, United States
April 28 – May 1, US/EU Transport Task Force Workshop, Salem, MA, United States
June 22–26, 42nd EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, Lisbon, Portugal
August 24 – September 4, 2th Carolus Magnus Summer School on Plasma and Fusion Energy Physics
September 14–18, 12th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology, Jeju Island, South Korea
November 16–20, 57th APS Division of Plasma Physics Meeting, Savannah, GA, United States

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