It’s a wrap! Highlights from SOFT 2018

EUROfusion had a good run at the 30th edition of the SOFT conference. Considered one of the most important platforms for the fusion community, SOFT 2018 welcomed about 1.000 fusion professional from around the world. This year, the conference was organised by EUROfusion consortium member ENEA at Giardini Naxos, Italy, from 16th to 21st September.

At the opening plenary session EUROfusion Programme Manager Tony Donné launched the revised version of the European Roadmap to Fusion Energy. Apart from the presentation on the Roadmap, which was well received, Tony also presented EUROfusion to the industry on the Industry Day held on 18th September. This is particularly important because collaborating with industry as early as possible on the path to a fusion-powered plant is one of the crucial points made in the Roadmap.

But the good visibility that EUROfusion got was not just because of the Roadmap launch. Two of the SOFT Innovation Prize winners, first prize winner Jens Reiser and third prize winner Simon Kirk, presented their winning projects, both supported by EUROfusion. Apart from this, EUROfusion researchers and engineers had a strong presence at the poster sessions. And finally, as a step towards achieving a better gender balance in the fusion community, EUROfusion organised the first-ever Women at SOFT event. Women participants met with colleagues and exchanged notes on how to encourage more active participation by women in high-profile conferences.

The baton for the next conference edition was handed over to Croatia's Head of Research Unit Tonči Tadic: Dubrovnik, Croatia, will be the host in 2020.