In March 2010, Francesco Romanelli took on the dual position of EFDA Leader and EFDA Associate Leader for JET. at the beginning of 2011, the efDa steering committee approved the new EFDA organisation designed to live up to the challenges of the iter era.

Three Departments are now in charge of the implementation of the EFDA programmatic activities: The JET Department headed by Lorne Horton, the ITER Physics Department led by Duarte Borba and the Department for Power Plant Physics and Technology which is headed by Gianfranco Federici. The activities of the two support units, Administration and Public Information, are located at both the Culham and Garching sites.

Europe must make most efficient use of its resources.

Three main objectives.

The new organisation aims to achieve the three main objectives of European fusion research: Secure ITER operation, Lay the foundation of a fusion power plant and Prepare “Generation ITER”, which implies establishing the next generation of fusion scientists. These objectives were identified in the roadmap proposed by the CCE-FU Working Group on JET and the Accompanying Programme. CCE-FU is the Consultative Committee for EURATOM on fusion research. Fusion research in Europe faces serious constraints in resources due to the cost of ITER construction. Europe must make the most efficient use of these resources as is possible in order to achieve a successful research programme preparing for ITER. The Asso ciates cover a wide area of topics in fusion research, and with its new organisation, EFDA provides the framework to promote the synergy of these competences on a few goal-oriented activities. These will increasingly rely on Implementing Agreements which cover significant areas of work and require the reciprocal and sustained commitment of the Associates and the European Com mis sion. JET is a lively example for the successful cooperation of Europe’s fusion laboratories towards a common goal.

The challenges of the ITER era.

Europe must obtain a full scientific return from the large investments made in the ITER construction. This requires appropriate preparation by the European facilities and a coordinated approach to the ITER Organization in order to define the ITER research strategy. We also must lay the foundation for a power plant now, to make full use of the expertise arising from the ITER construction and to realize fusion as an energy source as quickly as possible. As the ITER con struction draws upon large amounts of human resources, manpower in the Associates will be limited thus calling for an increased integration of the individual Associates. With its new organisation, EFDA is well set up to facilitate this process.