Posted on: 1st December 2016

It is the season for getting the advent calendars out, and this year’s Fusion Advent will shine the spotlight on all the Research Units that are signatories of the EUROfusion consortium. Fusion research is a collaborative endeavour, and the 2016 Fusion Advent highlights how EUROfusion embodies the spirit of European collaboration. EUROfusion invites you to get an insight into how institutes representing 26 European Union member states, Switzerland and Ukraine work individually and together to realise fusion energy by 2050.


The following research units also coordinate fusion projects for EUROfusion:

  • Department of Experimental Physics, Comenius University, Slovakia
  • Institute for Atomic Physics, Romania
  • Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgaria
  • Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Plasma Research Laboratory, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

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    We have reached day 23 of advent! And it’s time to reveal more information about EUROfusion’s Czech fusion partner IPP.CR home to COMPASS Tokamak, Research Centre Rež, Research Centre PALS.

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    On day 22 of this advent season, EUROfusion highlights Sylwester Kaliski Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion (IPPLM), Poland. It has been part of the European fusion programme since 2005 and comprises 11 institutions.

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    Day 21 of this advent season, and EUROfusion continues to highlight its signatories. It is time to shine the light on the Swedish Research Council. Research activities are carried out at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Chalmers University of Technology (CTH) in Göteborg, Uppsala University (UU) and at Studsvik Nuclear AB.

    spain-ciemat-logoWe are at day 20 of Advent and EUROfusion highlights it Spanish signatory National Fusion Laboratory at CIEMAT. Two pillars of LN F’s fusion research are the medium-sized stellarator TJ-II and Materials and Power Plant Physics and Technology.

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    It’s day 19 and the Slovenian Fusion Association graces the EUROfusion Advent Calendar. It is led by its largest member Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) and comprises eight other laboratories, and three faculties of the University of Ljubljana: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.

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    EUROfusion Advent Calendar presents number 18 on its list and it’s the Croatian Fusion Research Unit (CRU). The CRU is hosted by Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI), Zagreb.

    belgium-logoNumber seventeen on EUROfusion Advent Calendar is the Plasma Physics Laboratory of Ecole Royale Militaire Koninklijke Militaire school (LPP-ERM/KMS) Belgium.

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    Day sixteen on the EUROfusion Advent series is time to feature fusion research in Hungary coordinated by the Plasma Physics Department of the Wigner Research Centre for Physics.

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    EUROfusion Advent Calendar day 15 opens on the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Main fusion research themes include physical and technical aspects of plasmas, and particular emphasis is placed on plasma turbulence, the associated transport, and fast ion dynamics.

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    Fourteenth on the EUROfusion Advent Calendar is Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI). Key areas towards which LEI researchers contribute include safety assessment of nuclear fusion reactors and more.

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    On day 13 of Advent EUROfusion features the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) EUROfusion signatory and one of the largest research and education institutions in Germany.

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    On day 12 the EUROfusion Advent Calendar features Institute of Solid State Physics (ISSP) of Latvia. The Latvian contribution to the European fusion programme began in 2000.

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    Day 11 on the EUROfusion Advent Calendar, is the day to feature IPFN, the Portuguese Research Unit. Core research areas include controlled nuclear fusion and plasma technologies and intense lasers

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    The Hellenic Fusion Research Unit of Greece is one in the spotlight on EUROfusion Advent Calendar day 10.Greece has been contributing to the European fusion program since 1999.

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    It’s day nine of Advent and EUROfusion presents its Austrian signatory Fusion@ÖAW.Education of young researchers is the predominant objective of Fusion at ÖAW.

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    Eighth on the EUROfusion Calendar is FinnFusion, Finland. Led by VTT Technical Research Centre Ltd, FinnFusion specialises in Remote handling concepts.

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    Day 7 is the day to feature ENEA, Italy(Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile), which has strong collaboration with Italian universities and industries, and houses the Frascati Tokamak Upgrade.

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    Sixth on the EUROfusion Advent is the Swiss Plasma Center (SPC) home to the TCV tokamak, which is one of the devices used in EUROfusion’s Medium-Size Tokamak Programme

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    On day five of Advent the EUROfusion Calendar profiles French Research Unit institute for Magnetic Fusion Research (Institut de Recherche sur la Fusion par confinement Magnétique, IRFM), one of CEA’s (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) basic research divisions.IRFM is equipped with several R&D platforms, best known among them is WEST.

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    Fourth on the EUROfusion Advent Calendar is Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Germany. Fusion research at FZJ focuses on two aspects: materials for extreme loads and plasma-material interactions.

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    Day three of Advent, EUROfusion highlights The Dutch institute for Fundamental energy Research, DIFFER, the Netherlands. DIFFER’s fusion research centers around Magnum-PSI, the linear fusion device.

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    On the second day of Advent, the focus is on Max Planck institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), Germany, one of the two hosts of EUROfusion’s Programmme Management Unit and home to ASDEX Upgrade and Wendelstein 7-X

    ccfe_logoFirst under the spotlight is the Culham Center for Fusion Energy (CCFE), UK, home to the EUROfusion flagship device JET and one of the two hosts of EUROfusion’s Programmme Management Unit.