The 29th European Physical Conference on Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion was held at the Centre de Congrès in Montreux, Switzerland from 17 to 21 June 2002. It was organized by the Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, under the chairmanship of Dr. J. Lister, and held under the auspices of the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS). The scientific programme was the responsibility of the International Programme Committee under the chairmanship of Prof. C. Varandas of Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Lisbon.

In alternate years the conference encompasses virtually the entire spectrum of activities in plasma physics topics in addition to controlled fusion research. The breadth of the main conference programme and the additional specialist sessions reflects the intention of the board of the Plasma Physics Division of the EPS to enlarge the scope of the conference with the aim of integrating all fields of plasma physics.

Within the main conference programme, the delegates listened to 30 plenary invited talks and 36 contributed oral presentations and had the opportunity, stamina permitting, to see almost 500 poster presentations during the week. A particular highlight of the meeting was the award of the Hannes Alfvén Prize to Prof. Marshall Rosenbluth of University of California at San Diego in recognition of his distinguished achievements in plasma physics. In addition to the scientific programme a comprehensive social programme allowed the participants’ partners to enjoy the many attractions in Montreux and in the surrounding Alps. An evening cruise on Lake Geneva also allowed the participants and their partners the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside encircling the lake, to meet many old friends and to mix with colleagues from the many fields of plasma physics represented at the meeting.

Topics of the Conference: .

. Basic plasma physics

.Astrophysical / geophysical plasmas

. Plasma applications

.Magnetic and inertial confinement fusion