BSC Fusion group at the European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics

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The BSC Fusion group has attended this week, from 4 to 8 July 2016,  the 43rd European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics in Leuven, Belgium. It is the largest annual conference in the field of plasma physics and controlled fusion in Europe.

We presented our recent research in a total of three contributions as lead authors:

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BSC Fusion PhD student wins prestigious “La Caixa” 2015 Fellowship


Last Tuesday 28/06/2016, our fusion group member Dani Gallart received one of the prestigious grants from “La Caixa” in order to support his PhD studies at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

The ceremony was hosted at the Caixa Fòrum of Barcelona presided by Jaume Giró, General Director of “La Caixa” Foundation Bank, Carmen Vela, Secretary of State of Research, and Jordi Portabella, director of Research and Knowledge of “La Caixa”.

Dani was accompanied at the ceremony by Prattya Datta, another winner of the 2015 edition from BSC, Prof. Mateo Valero, Director of BSC, and Merce Calvet, Head of BSC Management Department.

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Call for Proposals for EUROfusion Researcher Grants

Previous Awardees of EUROfusion Researcher Grants (Source: EUROfusion).

The call to send in proposals for the next round of EUROfusion Researcher Grants has been published. The deadline is 8 September 2016, and the start date of the grant of the succesful candidates is no later than on the 30 June 2017.

The action supports the initial training of researchers, typically during the first years of their careers in research. It is directed towards researchers of all nationalities, who meet the following criteria:

  • Researchers in possession of a doctoral degree (PhD) who have completed their PhD and defended their thesis in the two years preceding the deadline for proposal submission of the present call;
  • Engineers/technicians, not having a PhD degree, but who are in possession of a master degree in Engineering (or any equivalent university degree in Engineering) with a professional experience of at least 3 years up to 5 years after the master degree.

Detailed information is available for download can be found here.

Please contact our Fusion Group Leader Mervi Mantsinen if you are interested in preparing an application with Barcelona Supercomputing Center as your host institute.

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BSC at Fusion Materials Meeting


On June 7-9, the BSC researchers Georg Huhs, Stephan Mohr and Mervi Mantsinen from the CASE department participated in a EUROfusion meeting on fusion materials. Their presentation on Recent advances in large-scale atomistic materials modeling at Barcelona Supercomputer Center was well received. The meeting was organized by Prof. María José Caturla at the University of Alicante, Spain.

Materials research is a key topic for the European and worldwide fusion research programme as the technological feasibility of fusion energy depends on the availability of materials that are capable of withstanding the operational conditions of fusion reactors.

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BSC at Expert Meeting on ITER Neutronics


The XI ITER Neutronics Meeting takes place this week (the 23rd to the 27th May 2016) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Approximately 110 experts from around the world, including Carles Riera from the BSC Fusion group, attend the meeting to present and discuss:

  1. Recent results of ITER neutronics analyses,
  2. Nuclear integration issues for ITER,
  3. Developments in radiation transport simulation and modelling relevant to ITER,
  4. Neutronic experiments, measurements, and related issues relevant to ITER.

The meeting is organised by the Fusion Neutronics Group of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Source: KIT.

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