On 28th November 2003 the Association Euratom-ÖAW (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften – Austrian Academy of Sciences) organised its annual Association Day on Fusion Technology, which was hosted by the Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf. At this meeting current contributions to the EFDA Technology Work Programme and Underlying Technology Programme were presented and discussed by junior and senior scientists currently active in this field.

Dr. Rainer Lässer (EFDA Garching, Germany) gave a lecture on recent and future developments in the field “Tritium breeding and materials”. Dr. Ettore Salpietro (EFDA Garching) presented developments and results within the field “Magnetic structure and integration”.

The presentations focussed on materials research (investigation of tungsten alloys, neutron-radiographic examination of SiCf / SiC ceramic composites, impurity transport in beryllium) and testing of insulation materials for the ITER magnet system. Guests were also welcomed from the EFDA Close Support Unit Culham (UK) and the IAEA Department of Nuclear Science and Applications and from Austrian companies.

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