Fusion Conversations

2017 EUCYS Prize Winners at JET

EIROforum, a long-term sponsor of EUCYS Prizes, offers eight prizes for outstanding projects, each consisting of a one-week visit to one of the EIROs. This year three prize winners visited EUROfusion's JET Arne Giepel, Matthias Grutzner, and Julian Egbert. We caught up for a quick chat with two of them.


Wei Zhang: Winner EPS prize

Wei Zhang is one of the winners of this year’s EPS prize. Wei’s winning study is called “Plasma edge modelling with ICRF coupling”, and one of his studies is improving the ICRF (Ion cyclotron resonance frequency) power coupling with local gas fuelling.

Matthias Willensdorfer

EUROfusion fellow Matthias Willensdorfer, who works at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP), talks about his research at the ASDEX Upgrade Tokamak, and why fusion research never gets boring.


Mike Dunne

EUROfusion fellow Mike Dunne, who works at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP), talks about the fascinating physics in fusion research and his research on boundary conditions and plasma edge.

Geri Papp

EUROfusion fellow Gergely Papp, who works at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP), talks about how and why he decided to pursue fusion research.

EUROfusion Researcher Fellowships

EUROfusion Researcher Fellowships, which are part of EUROfusion’s training and education initiatives, are designed to nurture the next generation of fusion experts. And, each year approximately 30 engineers and scientists are selected for receiving the grants through the EUROfusion Researcher Grants and the EUROfusion Engineering Grants programmes.

Bernard Bigot

On 29 April 2016, ITER Director General Bernard Bigot visited EUROfusion’s flagship facility the Joint European Torus (JET) at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. We were able to catch up with him before he flew out of Heathrow, London.

Paola Batistoni

Paolo Batistoni, Project Leader of a JET (Joint European Torus) work package, speaks about the benefits and challenges of international collaborations. She is heading a work package in the upcoming deuterium-tritium (DT) campaign at JET.