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Ten talented scientists receive the EUROfusion Bernard Bigot Researcher grants

The EUROfusion consortium for the realisation of fusion energy has awarded ten EUROfusion "Bernard Bigot" Researcher Grants (ERG) to talented post-doctoral researchers across Europe. The ERG grants enable early-career researchers to develop innovative ideas and techniques to advance EUROfusion's Roadmap to Fusion Energy.

Fusion energy holds the promise of providing safe, sustainable and low-carbon baseload energy that complements other clean energy sources like solar and wind. Realising fusion means solving many science, engineering and technology challenges in a comprehensive research programme.

In Europe, the EUROfusion research consortium takes up the fusion challenge with its strongly goal-oriented Roadmap to Fusion Energy. By involving excellent young scientists and their innovative ideas in its research, EUROfusion accelerates its progress towards developing the demonstration fusion power plant DEMO.

EUROfusion Bernard Bigot Researcher grants: supporting excellent fusion researchers

As Europe’s fusion research community, EUROfusion is highly committed to developing a workforce capable of solving the physics and engineering challenges towards a fusion power plant. The EUROfusion Bernard Bigot Researcher Grants programme, named after the previous Director-General of the ITER Organization, supports excellent scientists at the post-doctoral level in their career development.

The selection of the ERG grants was based on the excellence of the candidates through a rigorous evaluation and interviewing process by an expert panel of retired leading fusion experts, and taking into account their diverse backgrounds. EUROfusion is committed to fostering equality, diversity and inclusion in all its form including but not limited to gender, nationality, socioeconomic background and disabilities. Based on the recommendation of the expert panel, the EUROfusion Bureau on behalf of the EUROfusion General Assembly has approved the ten highest scoring applications.

The ERG grants cover part of the salaries of the selected candidates and part of the cost of their research activities and missions for a duration of up to two years.

About EUROfusion

The EUROfusion consortium coordinates experts, students and facilities from across Europe to realise fusion energy in accordance with the EUROfusion fusion roadmap. EUROfusion is co-funded via the Euratom Research and Training Programme.

The EUROfusion programme is preparing for experiments at the international ITER project and develops concepts for the European demonstration fusion power plant DEMO. The programme supports fusion education and training, and works with companies to develop the European fusion industry.

ERG recipients awarded to start in 2024

Örs Asztalos
HUN-REN Centre for Energy Research (formerly EK-CER), Hungary
Comparative study of Scrape Off Layer and edge turbulence diagnostic methods for reactor-scale devices

Klára Bogár
Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IPP.CR), Czech Republic
Study of the edge fast ion distribution

Harry Dudding
UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), United Kingdom
Improving reduced turbulence models for the simulation of reactor-type plasmas

Ezequiel Goldberg
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), Spain
Development of Multiphysics fusion simulations for HPC environments

Artur Kryzhanovskyy
Consorzio RFX
Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA), Italy
Alfvén waves dynamics during MHD transients

Kyungtak Lim
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Investigation of the plasma dynamics in the boundary of double-null tokamak configurations

Francesco Mazzocchi
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany
Dielectric and polarimetric characterization of diamond windows with superconducting micro-resonators and Stokes polarimeter

Rohan Ramasamy
Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP), Germany
Commissioning of a nonlinear MHD code for the investigation of soft MHD stability limits and transient MHD phenomena in stellarators

Davide Silvagni
Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP), Germany
Towards a quantitative prediction of the H-mode separatrix density via engineering parameters

Maja Verstraeten
Plasma Physics Laboratory, Ecole Royale Militaire / Koninklijke Militaire School (LPP-ERM-KMS)
Study of RF power deposition and optimizing future application of ICRF in Wendelstein 7-X

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