Anne Purschwitz, Editor of Fusion in Europe. Picture: EUROfusion

Anne Purschwitz, Editor of Fusion in Europe. Picture: EUROfusion

To be brutally honest: I would never have thought that this would happen, that we would successfully achieve this special edition of Fusion in Europe, an edition written only by the untrained hands of volunteer fusion writers.
I simply had very little trust in the reliability of busy students and their eagerness to meet my deadlines. I didn’t truly believe in the power of a future generation which wants to have a say against the ongoing gossip which claims that fusion is 30 years away, and always will be. I was proven wrong. Totally.

When we launched the ‘Fusion Writers Wanted” call at the beginning of this year we received dozens of applications from people, mostly in their 20s and 30s, who wanted to share their enthusiasm for this big science. 14 authors and one illustrator who now cover a wide range of ages, grades and specialisations and who – and that is what I find the most exciting – come from many parts of the world. They all had one goal in common: sharing their passion for fusion and learning how to explain complex science in short sentences.

That was the only thing I could do for them: teach them the tricks of a trained journalist. I did not tell them to meet my deadlines, but they did it anyway. Most of all, I did not have to tell them to be reliable. From the very first minute, the fusion writers have been extremely dedicated to this project, coming up with different topics from within the big fusion quest and developing the ideas for their articles mostly on their own. They felt like sharing the benefits of fusion with the world. And, most of all, they felt like sharing their ideas about fusion science with the world and showing what progress has already been made.

It was thrilling to see how much faith they put in the ongoing progress of fusion research. Their articles clearly express their own positive views about the realisation of fusion energy. Accordingly, this very special issue contains a wide variety of topics starring the big players ITER, JET, the infamous Brexit, as well as particular aspects of fusion such as material science, the important Lawson Criterion or plasma turbulences along with the history of Mexican fusion research.

I think this is simply fantastic and I am a little bit sorry for being so negative at the beginning. So, I have learned my lesson well: never underestimate a project which differs from the norm. Have faith and good things will happen.