Overview : Nuclear fusion represents a highly promising option for a sustainable, inherently safe, clean and virtually unlimited source for energy supply from the second half of this century onwards. On the road map towards energy production by fusion, the ITER experiments is the next step. The objective is the demonstration of the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion energy for peaceful purposes. In Europe, extensive R&D programmes supported by the EFDA and by the associations have been initiated for a long time to develop topics that are critical for the construction of ITER components. Therefore, it is of the foremost importance and a most needed prerequisite to strengthen the human workforce by training of young scientists and engineers in this special area in order to maintain and transmit the unique experience acquired in Europe and to solve the many challenging development tasks now and in the future.
Overall Approach : European Training Network for Plasma-Facing Materials (ETN_PFM) operates in the framework of Euratom Fusion Training Scheme (EFTS). This training programme takes place within a large collaborative research to provide the technical know-how and skills in the area of in-vessels components for ITER and to innovative ITER-relevant research tasks.
An European consortium of 5 fusion laboratories (“Host Associations”) having a broad range of experience in the area of plasma-facing components (PFC), has been formed to organise this training programme. The purpose of the consortium is to train 5 Early Stage Researchers (< 4 years experience in engineering or science) for a duration of 36 months and 1 Early Stage Researchers (< 4 years experience in engineering or science) for a duration of 24 months. Each trainee has been integrated within a team under close guidance of the supervisor of the “Host Associations” to perform a research project (Work Programme).
Partnership Opportunities: The ETN_PFM consortium is open to individuals and organisations (research associations, industrial companies, university institutions) throughout the EC member states. If you are interested to participate either to deliver your expertise or by participation in the training or research programme then please contact us.