On November the 12th, the 44th Royal / Shell Prize for 2003 has been awarded to Prof. Niek Lopes Cardozo, head of fusion research at the Association Euratom-FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. The Royal / Shell Prize is given each year to scientists who have rendered outstanding services to the development of sustainable energy. An independent jury, consisting of members of the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, selected Prof. Lopes Cardozo.

The jury honoured him as a creative plasma physicist of high international reputation. Prof. Lopes Cardozo and his team look into the relation between turbulence and certain geometric resonances in a confined magnetic field. Through a novel experiment he proved that turbulent layers in the plasma are connected with a complete series of such resonances. The jury also acknowledged his enthusiastic commitment for the dissemination of fusion science through the “Fusion Road Show”, an interactive presentation which was developed in 1999 to present fusion energy to college students.

There was a lot of attention given to the event by the press, and many guests attended the ceremony. In a debate with four former prize-winners, a clear consensus emerged about the urgency of the energy problem. Jeroen van der Veer, Managing Director of Royal Dutch / Shell Group, said: “In all respects, nuclear fusion fits in the image of innovation. … If nuclear fusion will become the energy-option that the scientists now envision, it will have a large impact on the energy sector. This is why we follow closely the work of Lopes Cardozo and all other researchers.”

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