Posted on: 25th April 2014

On April 23 the General Assembly of European Fusion Research Units appointed Tony Donné as Programme Manager for the consortium EUROfusion, which is currently being set up. EUROfusion is to succeed the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) as the umbrella organisation of Europe’s fusion research laboratories. Members of the consortium will be all former EFDA Associates and Croatia, who joined the European Programme in January.

Tony succeeds former EFDA Leader Francesco Romanelli, who currently serves as interim Programme Manager for the consortium. “I would like to thank everyone involved for the support given to me during these years”, Francesco says. “My best wishes to Tony for his new job and for a successful implementation of the Fusion Roadmap”. “Thanks to Francesco and EFDA CSU staff for the enormous amount of work you have put into EFDA and more recently EUROfusion”, says Tony. “It has been a tremendous piece of work to draft the Fusion Roadmap and start its implementation”.

Tony Donné will officially take over his new position on June 2nd, although he will already spend half of his working time in May in getting acquainted with EUROfusion.

Earlier this year, the General Assembly – EUROfusion’s ultimate decision-making body – also appointed the Chairs of the EUROfusion consortium, Sibylle Günter and Jérôme Pamela.

Prof Tony Donné

Prof Tony Donné – photo: Rob Stork

Tony Donné is head of the Fusion Programme at the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, DIFFER, and professor for Diagnostics of Fusion Plasmas at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
He obtained his PhD in physics at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1985 and then worked at the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics (since 1 January 2012 known as DIFFER). In 1997 he moved to the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, first as head of the diagnostics group of FOM at TEXTOR and from 2004 as ‘Chef de Mission’ of the FOM-team at TEXTOR. In 2006 he became deputy head, and in 2009 head of the fusion physics department of FOM Rijnhuizen. Tony has been involved in diagnostic for ITER for more than 20 years and has been member of several ITER and European Fusion Committees. Until recently he was director of the Dutch-Russian Centre-of-Excellence on Fusion Physics and Technology, involving DIFFER, the Ioffe, Kurchatov and Triniti institutes in Russia as well as the Institute for Applied Physics.


Sibylle Günter is Scientific Director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP).
She completed her PhD in physics at the University of Rostock in 1990. Her subsequent scientific work at Rostock University was extended by stays at the University of Maryland, USA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In 1996 she became a member of staff at Max-Planck-Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP) and was appointed Head of the IPP Tokamak Physics Division in 2000. Sibylle Günter is Professor of Physics and gives lectures at Rostock University and at TU Munich. In 2011 she became Scientific Director of IPP.

Jérôme Paméla is Director at Agence ITER France.
He graduated from the “Ecole Polytechnique” in Paris and finished his PhD at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg in 1984. Thereafter he joined the French Atomic Energy Agency (CEA) and was appointed Head of the Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion Department of the CEA and Head of the Euratom-CEA Association in 1996. In 1999 he became EFDA Associate Leader for JET and subsequently took on the position of EFDA Leader. Jérôme Paméla was appointed Director at Agence ITER France (CEA) in January 2010.

Background information
Over the last decade the European fusion programme was increasingly involved in complex and large-scale projects such as building and exploiting the next experiment ITER in international partnership and planning the future demonstration reactor. These large-scale experiments require a more effective pooling of national research efforts and resources. To meet this challenge, the European laboratories have decided to launch a joint programme through the consortium EUROfusion. EUROfusion aims to realise EFDA’s “Roadmap to the realisation of fusion energy”. EUROfusion receives all EURATOM funds and distributes them to the Research Units in accordance with their participation in the Roadmap Work Packages outlined in the Consortium Work Plan 2014-2018.

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