ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) has always had a large deal of collaborations with both European and international partners. Scientists, in particular from other European Associations, analysed data, provided theory and published results. Two years ago the EURATOM-IPP Association in Garching (Germany) changed the formal structure of the ASDEX Upgrade project to allow the involvement of EU Associations in the decision making process, giving them more responsibility for the definition and execution of the programme (see EFDA Newsletter February 2003). At present the ASDEX Upgrade Programme Committee (AUGPC) has 10 members from the Associations and 8 from IPP.

Current Composition of the ASDEX Upgrade Programme Committee
K. Behringer (Dept. E4, IPP, DE)
H. Bindslev (Risø, DK) Vice-
H. Bolt (Dept.Mat.Research,
C. Challis (UKAEA Culham, GB)
A. Fasoli (CRPP Lausanne, CH)
O. Gruber (Project Head, IPP,
DE) Chair
S. Günter (Dept. TOK, IPP-,
Greifswald, DE)
M. Kaufmann (Dept. E1, IPP, DE)
T. Klinger (Dept. E5, IPP, DE )
K. Lackner (Dept. TOK, IPP, DE)
E. Lazzaro (CNR Milano, IT)
M. Manso (IST Lisbon, PT)
P. Mc Carthy (DCU Cork, IE)
R. Salomaa (TEKES, FI)
HP.Winter (ÖAW, AT)
R.Wolf (TEC, BE/DE/NL)
H. Zohm (Dept. E2, IPP, DE)
S. Zoletnik (HAS, HU)

IPP not only setup a new programme committee, but also improved in many respects the opportunities and working conditions for collaborating scientists. Due to the large number of experiments proposed both by IPP scientists and by external collaborators, a procedure was elaborated for the preparation of the programme. An annual ‘Call to Associations for Proposals to Participate’ in the next year’s programme is sent during Summer. Based on submitted proposals, the Task Force leaders establish a programme which is discussed and further elaborated at the annual ‘Programme Seminar’. This programme is then presented to the AUG-PC for approval. All regular meetings important for the preparation and execution of the programme, namely the yearly ‘Programme Seminar’ at Ringberg Castle, the ‘Task Force Meetings’ as well as the weekly ‘Operations Meeting’ on Monday morning are held in English language and are open for external participants. Remote participation in these meetings is now routinely possible via steadily improved video conferencing connections. Especially the weekly ‘Operations Meeting’ is broadcast on the Internet during campaigns. At this meeting the first analysis of experimental results of the previous week are presented. In addition, the programme for the coming experimental days is chosen from the pool of approved programme elements by taking into account the actual technical boundary conditions.With the installation of a reliable and easy to use video conferencing system, IPP gives all collaborators the opportunity to follow and to participate in the scientific work as closely as possible. Finally, the ASDEX Upgrade Intranet and the means for remote data access have been improved to support a convenient and quick start for scientists visiting AUG for the first time.

The increased level of European participation in the ASDEX Upgrade project was demonstrated by the large number of AUG related papers involving non-IPP scientists presented at the 31st EPS Conference on Plasma Physics in London this year. From a total of 33 contributed papers, 19 had external co-authors and 11 were submitted by a first author from a collaborating European Association. Recently, a new Task Force structure for campaigns 2005/2006 was defined by the AUG-PC. The preparation and the execution of the experimental programme of ASDEX Upgrade will be organised under four Task Forces:

I. Improvement of H-mode and integrated scenarios,

TFL: V. Mertens, Deputy: J. Stober

II. Pedestal physics including tolerable ELMs,

TFL:W. Suttrop

III. SOL & Divertor physics and first wall materials,

TFL: A. Herrmann

IV. MHD instabilities and their active control,

TFL: P. Martin, ENEA, RFX Padova

The strong European participation in the scientific exploitation of ASDEX Upgrade is also reflected by the leadership of Task Force IV by P. Martin, a scientist from ENEA RFX Padova, Italy. He is already the second non-IPP scientist who is managing an ASDEX Upgrade Task Force, succeeding D. Borba, IST, Portugal.

Besides participation in campaigns, new hardware for diagnostics has been installed on ASDEX Upgrade by several of our European partners. This type of participation opens up exciting new possibilities of joint research. In the long run, ASDEX Upgrade hopes that with such contributions from European Associations larger hardware upgrades e.g. the installation of a new current drive system, can be realised as a joint endeavor. With such external support ASDEX Upgrade will become to an even greater extent an important and valuable tool with true European spirit, in the EU part of the ITER Accompanying Programme.