Posted on: 26th March 2010

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Francesco Romanelli

The EFDA Steering Committee appointed Francesco Romanelli as EFDA Leader for 18 months. The Steering Committee has the overall responsibility for the EFDA activities and ensures collaboration among the contracting Parties.

The EFDA Steering Committee asked him to propose a new structure for the EFDA top management to be submitted for approval at the next meeting foreseen in June this year. In the meantime he will remain EFDA Associate Leader for JET. The Steering Committee underlined the collegial character of EFDA and the need to set up a broad and efficient dialogue with all Associates on the EFDA priorities and actions. Francesco Romanelli comments: ”I’m pleased with the decision the Steering Committee made, because I’m convinced that it is the right thing to do in order to ensure effective integration inside EFDA. Although it is a challenge to combine both positions in one person, an efficient management structure will cope with the increased responsibilities of EFDA.”

Background information

Established in 1999, the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) provides a framework between European fusion research institutions and the European Commission to strengthen their coordination and collaboration, and to participate in collective activities. The Joint European Torus (JET) is situated in Culham in the United Kingdom. All European fusion laboratories participate collectively in JET’s scientific programme under EFDA.

Francesco Romanelli graduated in Physics and started his career as researcher at the ENEA Research Centre in Frascati. He started his scientific collaboration with JET in 1994. In 1996 he was appointed Deputy Director of the Fusion Department in Frascati. Since then he has been a member of several European Fusion Committees. From 2003 to 2006 he was Chairman of the EFDA-STAC. In this role Francesco Romanelli was involved in the negotiations for ITER and the Broader Approach. Since 2007 he has been the European standing expert in the ITER-STAC. He took over his current position as EFDA Associate Leader for JET in 2006.