The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF) has approved the application of Research Centre Jülich for a new virtual institute named “ITER-relevant Plasma Boundary Physics” (IPBP). The Jülich Institute for Plasma Physics FZJ, which is a member of EFDA, is a partner of this virtual institute as member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, while Ruhr-University Bochum and Heinrich- Heine-University Düsseldorf (both in Germany) represent plasma and fusion research at the regional level.

The main strategic goal of the Institute for ITER-relevant Plasma Boundary Physics is to integrate expertise in different disciplines at the partner institutes – especially at the North Rhine-Westphalian universities. Key knowledge in boundary plasma and surface materials such as:
• atomic physics and advanced plasma diagnostics,
• surface physics,
• computational physics and non-linear dynamics, and
• laser plasmas

will be oriented towards the needs of ITER, the next step on the road to a fusion power plant. Fusion and ITER will receive a broader visibility, especially at the university level, gaining more young students for research work. Details are available at IPBP’s new website .

The Ruhr-University Bochum is represented on

The address of the English home-page of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf is