European Doctoral College on Fusion attracts great interest

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On 7 November, the Erasmus Mundus International Doctoral College in Fusion Science and Engineering opened the application process. The published list of more than 25 proposed topics for eight doctoral scholarships, which start next year, generated immediate interest: Within eleven days, 18 students had already started the online application process. The first PhD programmes will start in September 2012.

The thesis topics cover fields of physics and engineering which address the major remaining challenges on the quest for fusion power and are therefore seen as vital elements of today’s education of future fusion experts: Subjects include: Tokamak physics and technology for ITER and beyond; Stellarator and reversed field pinch research; Plasma-Wall interaction and materials research; Plasma theory and computational physics; Diagnostics and plasma control.

Funded with about five million Euros, the programme runs over five years and supports 40 PhD students in total. Every year, it grants eight doctoral scholarships, which last for three years. The programme offers a wide diversity of research opportunities through its consortium of 19 European partner institutions from eight European countries, the ITER Organization and nine associated partners from China, Japan, Russia and the USA.

The deadline for online applications is 15 January, 2012.
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20th Plasma-Surface Interaction Conference

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In Aachen, Germany, from 20 May until 25 May 2012
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ESCAMPIG 2012 – XXI Europhysics Conference on the Atomic and Molecular Physics of Ionized Gases

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Viana do Castelo, Portugal
10–14 July 2012
Deadlines for Abstract Submission: February 24th, 2012; Early Registration: April 16th, 2012
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