On 16th June 2004 the Association EURATOM-ÖAW (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften – Austrian Academy of Sciences) organised its annual Association Day on Plasma Physics at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). At this meeting the Austrian research groups active in this field presented their contributions to the physics programme and recent results. Guest lectures were given by Dr. David Coster (Association EURATOMIPP Garching, Germany) on integrated tokamak modelling and Dr. Shakeib Arshad (EFDAJET) on international collaboration at JET.

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The meeting ended with a short celebration on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Prof. Ferdinand Cap. Prof. Cap founded the Department of Plasma Physics at the University of Innsbruck in the early 1960s and contributed to the inception of the Commission on the Coordination of Fusion Research in Austria (KKKÖ) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 1980s. The KKKÖ supports incentive projects in the field of fusion.

Prof. Cap is an Austrian pioneer in theoretical plasma physics and has always been a vigorous supporter of the Austrian fusion research.