Posted on: 1st January 2010

Jérôme PamélaAfter almost four years as EFDA leader, Jérôme Paméla took on the role of Director at Agence ITER France (CEA) on January 1st, 2010. Francesco Romanelli, EFDA Associate Leader for JET, acts as an interim EFDA Leader from January 1st until the new leader takes up his/her duties. Dr Romanelli’s formal appointment will be approved in January during an extraordinary EFDA Steering Committee Meeting.

Jérôme Paméla graduated from the École Polytechnique in Paris in 1977. In 1984 he obtained his Ph.D. in high energy physics and joined the Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion Department of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), first as a physicist, and then as Group and European Task Area Leader. In 1996, Jérôme Paméla was appointed Head of the Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion Department of CEA and Head of the Euratom Association CEA. In September 1999 he took up the position of the EFDA Associate Leader for JET, which he held until spring 2006, when he became EFDA Leader at EFDA CSU Garching. An Interview with Jérôme Paméla can be found in December 2009 issue of the Fusion News.
Francesco Romanelli

The Agence ITER France was set up within the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in 2007. It manages the French financial contribution to the ITER project, provides an interface between the ITER project and the French authorities and oversees the preparation of the ITER site as well as the construction of its headquarters and visitors’ centre. Jérôme Paméla succeeds François Gauché, who moves on to coordinate the CEA Generation IV programme.

Francesco Romanelli graduated in physics in 1980 and started his career as a research scientist at ENEA, Italy, in 1983. In 1996 he became leader of the Magnetic Confinement Fusion Physics Section of ENEA. In 2003, he took on the role of Co-Chairman of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee of the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA STAC). Dr. Romanelli was appointed EFDA Associate Leader for JET in May 2006.