Mervi will start her tasks in the board in June 2021, together with five other newly selected members. The term will be four years from summer 2021 to summer 2025, renewable by mutual agreement for a second four-year term.
“It is a honour and a recognition by many people to be selected for this position of trust, which involves taking part with an active and visible role in many top-level decisions in the field”, Mervi states.
The objective of the European Physical Society is to contribute to and promote the advancement of physics, in Europe and in neighboring countries, by all suitable means and in particular by providing a forum for the discussion of subjects of common interest and by providing means whereby action can be taken on those matters which appear desirable to handle on the international level.
The objectives of the EPS Plasma Physics Division (PPD) are as follows:
- to unite European scientists interested in the physics of fully and partially ionized gases
- to promote research and teaching in plasma physics and its applications, to facilitate research collaboration and to represent European physicists outside Europe
- to coordinate activities with the other physical societies, such as the American Physical Society and the Physical Society of Japan
- to collaborate on the Editorial Board of Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion.
Prior to her present nomination, Mervi has collaborated with the PPD Board in the following roles:
- Local Organizing Committee Chair, 47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, 2021.
- Programme Committee Subchair of Magnetic Confinement Fusion Plasma, 45th EPS Conf. Plasma Physics,Prague, 2018.
- Programme Committee Member, 43rd EPS Plasma Physics Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 2016.