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On site attendees at this year's annual meeting © Nadia Barth /EPFL

Record turnout spotlights crucial role of JOREK code

— The annual JOREK General Meeting successfully took place on EPFL campus from 12th to 16th February 2024. Hosted by the Swiss Plasma Center (SPC) for the first time, this event gathered more than 60 on-site and remote attendees across Europe, Asia and the US, marking the highest number of participants to date. 

7 scientists from SPC © EPFL / SPC

7 (+ 7) Women in Science to follow

— To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, 7 brilliant female scientists from the Swiss Plasma Center share their stories + 7 empowering women in science who inspire them.

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JET Tokamak's Latest Fusion Energy Record

— In a major scientific achievement, European researchers, including some from EPFL, working at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility have set a new world energy record of 69 megajoules released in sustained and controlled fusion energy.

Swiss Plasma Center © Nadia Barth / EPFL

The SPC strengthens Tokamak security to intensify fusion research

— It's a world first. After seven months of work, more than 220 tons of high-density polyethylene have transformed the shielding around the Tokamak à Configuration Variable (TCV). Never before has such a quantity of this material been used on such a large scale. The goal: to protect the public from ionizing radiation following the recent improvement of TCV's performance. This complex endeavor, a result of collaboration with the Operational Vice-Presidency of EPFL, was successfully completed in August 2023. It promises to propel fusion research to new heights.

Kyungtak Lim, post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Plasma Center © Nadia Barth / EPFL

SPC researcher wins one of the most prestigious grants within fusion

— In a notable achievement within the field of fusion energy research, Kyungtak Lim, a post-doctoral researcher from the Swiss Plasma Center (SPC) at EPFL, has been awarded a Eurofusion Bernard Bigot researcher Grant (ERG). This recognition comes as part of EUROfusion's initiative to foster the careers of early-stage researchers pioneering the journey towards harnessing fusion energy.

Ambrogio Fasoli, director of the Swiss Plasma Center (SPC) ©  Alain Herzog - EPFL

The star of the Swiss Plasma Center celebrates its 30th anniversary

— The jubilee of the Tokamak à Configuration Variable (TCV) brought together some of the most prominent figures in the political and scientific sphere at EPFL's Rolex Learning Center. This event, marked by a shared sense of purpose and unity, underscored the exceptional trajectory of this major fusion research facility.

Prof. Paolo Ricci

Prof. Paolo Ricci promoted to Full Professor

— At its meeting of 20-21 September 2023, the ETH Board has promoted Prof. Paolo Ricci to Full Professor at the School of Basic Sciences (SB).

A. Fasoli © 2023 EPFL / N. Schopfer

Ambrogio Fasoli appointed Programme Manager of EUROfusion

— The Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL is pleased to share that its Director, Professor Ambrogio Fasoli, has been elected as the new Programme Manager Elect by the EUROfusion General Assembly in their recent quarterly meeting. This appointment follows a rigorous selection process that attests to Professor Fasoli's notable qualifications and extensive experience in the field. (See also the original news from EUROfusion)

J. Graves in Bristol © 2023 IOP

Jon Graves appointed Editor-in-Chief of a plasma and fusion journal

— The Swiss Plasma Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Graves as the new Editor-in-Chief of Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, a major scientific journal. (See also the original news from the Journal)

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‘We need to change gears'

— One of Europe's premiere fusion researchers, professor Ambrogio Fasoli, Director of the Swiss Plasma Center and Chair of the EUROfusion General Assembly, recently published an essay in the top scientific journal Physical Review Letters on overcoming the obstacles on our way to fusion energy. EUROfusion sat down for an interview to talk with him about his vision for the future of fusion energy research.

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