It was a plasma physics summer school that got Prof. Hartmut Zohm, director at IPP Garching, hooked on the subject he built his career on. Plasma physics is not a subject taught regularly at many universities, so summer schools are a vital method enabling the European fusion community to win students and young scientists for this field of research. These schools also provide a sense of the international character of fusion science: Students come from all over the world and courses are taught in English by lecturers from various European laboratories. This summer more than 280 students took up the opportunity to get first hand information about fusion.

SUMTRAIC – Tokamak operations

Picture: IPP AS CRDate and Venue: August 26- September 6 in Prague, Czech Republic
Organisers: Institute of Plasma Physics (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republich) v.v.i. and KFKI – RMKI (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Twelve participants from eight countries
Focus topics: Experimental work on tokamaks, i.e. planning and performing experiments and processing experimental data – on the remotely operated tokamak GOLEM.

Picture: IPP AS CR

Summer School on Fusion Technologies

KIT_summer schoolDate and Venue: September 2 – 13 in Karlsruhe, Germany
Organiser: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
60 participants from various countries
Focus topics: Current status und long term vies of key fusion technologies, particularly in view of DEMO.

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Summer-University for plasma physics – tokamaks and stellarators

IPP_Summer schoolDate and Venue: September 16 – 20 in Greifswald
Organiser: Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
61 participants from 19 countries
Focus topics: Plasma physics with an emphasis on nuclear fusion and a tour the advanced stellarator Wendelstein 7-X, which is under construction.

Picture: IPP (Beate Kemnitz)

Half a century of Culham Plasma Physics Summer School

ccfe-summer-schoolDate and venue: July 15-26, Culham, UK
Organiser: CCFE
62 participants from 23 different countries
Focus topics: Fundamentals of plasma physics together and their application in Magnetic Confinement Fusion, Laser Plasma and Inertial Confinement Fusion, Low Temperature Plasma and Astrophysical Plasmas.

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Carolus Magnus Summer School – the physics behind fusion energy

summerschool_fzj 2013Date and venue: 26 August – 6 September, Bad Honnef
Organisor: Trilateral Euregio Cluster: Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, LPP- ERM/KMS and SCK.CEN, Belgium, and FOM Institute DIFFER ,The Netherlands.
68 participants from 15 countries
Focus topics: Experimental and theoretical physics aspects behind fusion energy.

Picture: FZ Jülich

Plasmasurf – surfing ocean waves like electrons surf plasma waves

plasmasurf summer school 2013Date and venue: 7-13 July, Oeiras near Lisbon and near Carcavelos beach
Organiser: Institute for Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion
20 participants, more than two thirds from abroad
Focus topics: Basic aspects of plasma physics, high power lasers and nuclear fusion, including a hands-on session on the remote operation of a plasma experiment in the IST e-lab, which provides remote access to real physics experiments over the Internet via a virtual control room

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