The 30th European Physical Society (EPS) Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics was held, during the week of July 7 – 11, 2003, in St. Petersburg (Russian Federation), a very special and prestigious host for this event since Peter the Great’s “Paradise” and “Venice of the North” celebrates this year its 300th anniversary.

Puschkin, Dostojewski, Achmatowa – Russia’s most important literary figures are closely connected with St. Petersburg, a city having an impressive history not only in cultural matters, but also in the fields of science, industry and trade. About 950 participants from 40 countries in this year’s EPS conference were invited to enjoy the combination of science and great history, staying in the hotel “Saint-Petersburg”, in the city’s heart, directly by the river Neva. In the field of plasma physics 30 plenary speakers were invited. The oral presentations were organized in four parallel sessions and 800 posters were presented. ~The traditionally awarded Hannes Alfvén Prize 2003 for outstanding contributions to plasma physics went to V. E. Fortov for his seminal contributions in the area of non-ideal plasmas and strongly coupled Coulomb systems and for his pioneering work in the generation and investigation of plasmas under extreme conditions. This conference united for the first time the four sections of the plasma physics division of the European Physical Society with the aim of improving the cooperation and synergetic effects in plasma physics. The 31st EPS conference will be held in London (UK).

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