ITPA Update Schedule of Burning Plasma Events Contact and Contribution Information
BPO Web Seminar
The USBPO is pleased to announce the next in its series of web seminars on subjects of interest to the fusion community.
Time: Monday, December 9, 1:00 pm EST, 12:00 CST, 10:00 PST
Topic: Recent activities of the ITPA Transport and Confinement Topical Group
A review of current issues and highlights in this topical area, following the ITPA meeting held October 7-9 in Kyushu, Japan. Group discussion is welcome and encouraged.
Presenters: George McKee, University of Wisconsin Gary Staebler, General Atomics Leaders of the USBPO Confinement and Transport Topical Group
Remote Connection information is available through the BPO Forum: Web Seminar Announcement
by C.M. Greenfield
ITER Council meets
The ITER Council met for the thirteenth time last week at ITER headquarters in France. Among the highlights of this meeting were two technical decisions that I discussed in last months column - they voted to update the ITER baseline design to include starting research operations with a full tungsten divertor (instead of starting with carbon and changing later) and to include the in-vessel ELM-control coils.
A number of non-technical issues were discussed, too, including reports that all major contracts for on-site civil works have been signed. This is an important milestone, as it signifies completion of a phase of the project that has produced much of the highly publicized schedule uncertainty.
The Council also received a report from an independent assessment of project management and governance. An action plan is being put into place to respond to the findings of this assessment, with evaluation to be made at a special ITER Council meeting in February.
Two sessions were organized by the US Burning Plasma Organization during last weeks APS-DPP conference in Denver. Both the contributed oral session on Research in Support of ITER, and the Town Meeting on ITER were attended by between 150 and 200 people, with a set of talks spanning current research, the technical changes to the ITER baseline design (see above), and a report on the status of the US ITER Project. I expect that within the next week or two we will be able to post all of the talks from both sessions on the US Burning Plasma Organization website (we are waiting for permission from a few of the speakers).
The USBPO webinar titled, "Recent activities of the ITPA Transport and Confinement Topical Group," has been rescheduled for Monday, December 9th at 1pm EST. The presenters will be George McKee (University of Wisconsin) and Gary Staebler (General Atomics), who are the leaders of the USBPO Transport and Confinement Topical Group. USBPO members should have received a message from Amanda Hubbard on how to participate (a link to instructions also appears in this issue of eNews, see Announcements). We are also working on scheduling additional web seminars to report on the recent spate of ITPA topical group meetings, as well as additional topics of interest to the fusion community. Suggestions for topics and speakers are always welcome.
|4th Meeting, ITER Site, France, December 9 - 11, 2013|
|Diagnostics Topical Group|
25th Meeting, ITER Site, France, October 16 - 18, 2013
|Energetic Particle Physics Topical Group|
11th ITPA Meeting, Beijing, China September 22 - 23, 2013
|Integrated Operation Scenarios Topical Group|
11th Meeting, Fukuoka, Japan, October 7 - 9, 2013
|MHD, Disruptions & Control Topical Group|
|Pedestal & Edge Physics Topical Group|
|25th Meeting, Kyushu University, Japan, October 7 - 9, 2013|
|Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor Topical Group|
|19th Meeting, Kanazawa, Japan, January 20 - 23, 2014|
|Transport & Confinement Topical Group|
|11th Meeting, Fukuoka, Japan, October 7 - 9, 2013|
|November 11 - 15, APS DPP Meeting, Denver, United States|
|November 18 - 20, 18thWorkshop on MHD Stability Control, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA|
|December 9 - 11, ITPA: 4th CC/CTP Meeting, ITER|
|December 11, 4th CTP Ex Com Meeting, ITER|
|December 16 - 20, IAEA: 2nd DEMO Programme Workshop, Vienna, Austria|
|2014 - NSTX-U First Plasma -|
|January 20 - 23, ITPA: 19th Scrape-of-Layer and Divertor Topical Group Meeting, Kanazawa, Japan|
|March 10 - 14, ITPA: 23rd MHD Disruptions, and Control Topical Group Meeting, Toki, Japan
Held jointly with the US-Japan MHD Workshop on "3-D field effect on MHD control: the rols of magnetic island and stochasticity in optimum MHD control"
|April 22 - 25 Transport Task Force (TTF) Meeting, San Antonio, TX United States|
|April 22 - 25, 18th Joint Workshop on Electrong Cyclotron Emission and Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating (EC-18), Nara, Japan|
|June 1 - 5, 20th Topical Conference on High-Temperature Plasma Diagnostics (HTPD),
Atlanta, GA, United States
W7-X First Plasma
ITER First Plasma
JT60-SA First Plasma
ITER Full DT Operations
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