The leaders of the eight EIROforum members gathered together for a visit of the European XFEL construction site in November last year. Picture: European XFEL“Disruptive market-creating innovation” – EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas is looking for no less than this. For this reason, he set up the European Innovation Council (EIC) and launched a Call for Ideas at the Science Business Annual Conference in February this year. The strength of the response may well have been a surprise to the Commissioner: 1,017 replies from the business sector, public bodies as well as the research and finance sectors. Amongst others, EIROforum addressed the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation with a position paper. As one of the eight EIROforum members, EUROfusion also supports the idea of promoting strategies for new jobs, especially when scaling start-ups into a world-beating business.
The leaders of the eight EIROforum members gathered together for a visit of the European XFEL construction site in November last year. Picture: European XFEL

The fusion consortium and its fellow EIROforum members expressed their view in a two-page statement. It says that the European Research, Development and Innovation sector can only be successful if research-driven and market-oriented innovation is strengthened in line with the principles of Open Science and Open Innovation. Therefore, the EIC should empower innovation communities to manage their own pilot programmes. EIROforum even proposed that EIC pilots could provide feasibility studies or a proof-of-concept grant. It stressed that even failure should be taken into account: “For the success of the EIC and the competitiveness of Europe, it will be essential to fund high-risk/high-reward projects […], where failure […] is accepted.”

Read the entire EIROforum position paper here.

 

Nature Physics Insight Nuclear Fusion, May 2016 Volume 12, No 5 Nature Physics Insight Nuclear Fusion, May 2016 Volume 12, No 5

The journal Nature Physics features an ‘Insight’ on nuclear fusion. It contains an interview with ITER’s Director-General, Bernard Bigot, who reflects on the status of the biggest tokamak ever and its challenges.
In addition, Mark Buchanan, points out that success of both magnetic-confinement fusion and laser fusion lies in dealing with plasma instabilities. In one of three Commentaries, Steven Cowley provides the arguments in favour of nuclear fusion as an energy source and its unsolved problems. Four Reviews get into fusion details. Among others, Jozef Ongena and colleagues review magnetic fusion, studied in tokamaks and stellarators worldwide. Ambrogio Fasoli and colleagues show that our understanding of magnetically confined plasmas has benefited from better computer simulations.

Nature Physics Insight Nuclear Fusion is highly recommended to both colleagues interested in learning more about nuclear fusion and seasoned plasma scientists.