Posted on: 4th July 2010

The teddy bear who is missing the scientists in the control room escaped and attended the 37th Conference on Plasma Physics organised by the European Physical Society (EPS). He sent a postcard from Dublin City University (DCU) hosting the conference in the Helix Arts Centre.

Over 650 people attended and more than 450 posters on magnetic fusion were shown. Amongst other topics edge physics, pellet injection, disruption mitigation, run-away electrons, pedestal physics have been addressed in depth. These are showing the focus of today’s fusion research. Some fascinating talks have also given the research progress on DEMO and on the snow-flake divertor but also on dusty plasma and filamentary discharges…

Congratulations to Thijs Versloot – winner of Monday’s EPS poster prize. Coming from the Dutch Fusion association FOM he is working on his PhD thesis at JET.

Some comments from participants:

“This year’s EPS conference in Dublin was very interesting and sun-blessed the entire week. It also started very well, with a lot of interest in our poster presentation which must have contributed to winning the EPS Student poster prize at the end of the first day!” Thijs Versloot

“Great organisation and very interesting scientific content. The welcoming team was very kind, and Dublin was a perfect choice for such a conference. Hope to come again next year!” Stanislas Pamela

“The conference, held in the Helix Arts Centre at DCU, was very well organised – and it needed to be with ~700 participants! The poster sessions seemed very well attended – I was kept constantly busy for more than 2 hours explaining my work on modelling the current ramp in JET Advanced Tokamak regimes.” Ian Jenkins

“The EPS conference was a great experience. It provided an excellent opportunity to be informed about recent developments in plasma physics and to discuss results with other colleagues.” Florian Koechl