On April 23 the General Assembly of European Fusion Research Units appointed Tony Donné as Programme Manager for the consortium EUROfusion, which is currently being set up. He will take over his new position on 2 June.

Tony succeeds former EFDA Leader Francesco Romanelli, who currently serves as interim Programme Manager for the consortium. “I would like to thank everyone involved for the support given to me during these years”, Francesco says. “My best wishes to Tony for his new job and for a successful implementation of the Fusion Roadmap.” “Thanks to Francesco and EFDA CSU staff for the enormous amount of work you have put into EFDA and more recently EUROfusion”, says Tony. “It has been a tremendous piece of work to draft the Fusion Roadmap and start its implementation.”

Earlier this year, the General Assembly also appointed the Chairs of the EUROfusion consortium, Sibylle Günter, Scientific Director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP), and Jérôme Pamela, Director at Agence ITER France.

Until his appointment Tony Donné was head of the Fusion Programme at the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, DIFFER. He is professor for Diagnostics of Fusion Plasmas at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He obtained his PhD in physics at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1985 and then worked at the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen (since 1 January 2012 known as DIFFER). In 1997 he moved to the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, first as head of the diagnostics group of FOM at TEXTOR and from 2004 as ‘Chef de Mission’ of the FOM-team at TEXTOR. In 2006 he became deputy head, and in 2009 head of the fusion physics department of FOM Rijnhuizen. From 1999 – 2010 he successively chaired the ITER Expert Group on Diagnostics (until 2001), the ITPA Topical Group on Diagnostics (until 2008) and the EFDA Topical Group on Diagnostics.