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27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018)

22–27 October 2018, Gandhinagar (nearest Airport: Ahmedabad), India

Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fosters the exchange of scientific and technical results in nuclear fusion research and development through its series of Fusion Energy Conferences. The 27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018) aims to provide a forum for the discussion of key physics and technology issues as well as innovative concepts of direct relevance to the use of nuclear fusion as a source of energy.


With a number of next-step fusion devices currently being implemented — such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarache, France, and the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator in Greifswald, Germany — and in view of the concomitant need to demonstrate the technological feasibility of fusion power plants as well as the economic viability of this method of energy production, the fusion community is now facing new challenges. The way these challenges are addressed will dictate research orientations in the present and coming decades.

The scientific scope of FEC 2018 is, therefore, intended to reflect the priorities of this new era in fusion energy research. The conference aims to serve as a platform for sharing the results of research and development efforts in both national and international fusion experiments that have been shaped by these new priorities, and to thereby help in pinpointing worldwide advances in fusion theory, experiments, technology, engineering, safety and socio-economics. Furthermore, the conference will also set these results against the backdrop of the requirements for a net energy producing fusion device and a fusion power plant in general, and will thus help in defining the way forward.

With the participation of international organizations such as the ITER Organization and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), as well as the collaboration of more than forty countries and several research institutes, including those working on smaller plasma devices, it is expected that this conference will, like previous conferences in the series, serve to identify possibilities and means for continuous and effective international collaboration in this area.

Programme Structure

The overall conference programme will consist of an opening session, selected overview sessions, technical sessions with invited and contributed papers, summary sessions, daily poster sessions and a closing session. During the conference, the 2018 Nuclear Fusion Award winner will be announced, and both the 2017 and 2018 prizes presented.

Target Audience

The conference aims to bring together senior scientific fusion project leaders; plasma physicists including theoreticians and experimentalists; experts in the various multidisciplinary fields of fusion science and technology; materials engineers; and operators of fusion devices.

Side Events

Exhibitions on fusion technology and satellite meetings are expected to take place during the conference.

Key Deadlines

  • 12 February-12 March 2018: Electronic submission of abstracts and two page synopses (IAEA-INDICO open).
  • 29 March 2018: Submission of Forms A, B and C to the IAEA through official channels.
  • 31 May 2018: Notification of acceptance of papers.
  • 1 July 2018: Deadline for submitting visa applications (recommended).
  • 31 July-27 September 2018: Submission of preprints (IAEA-INDICO open).
  • 20 September 2018: Deadline for submission of post-deadline papers (two page synopses) in pdf to fusion-physics@iaea.org together with officially endorsed forms A and B.
  • 22 October 2018: Conference commences.
  • 22 October 2018: Evaluation of post-deadline papers.
  • 27 October 2018: Conference ends.
  • March 2019 (approximately): Conference material on web page.

Beginning of On-site Registration

Sunday, 21 October 2018.

Conference app

The IAEA Conferences and Meetings App provides a one-stop access to information on the Conference and  exhibitions. The app also allows users to put together their own personalized schedule of events. Via this app participants will be able to view contributed papers and the latest conference programme, message other participants, and view PowerPoint presentations released after the event. Participants will receive an email inviting them to register for the app approximately one week before the conference.

For iPhone or iPad users, get your free download through the Apple iTunes Store; those with Android devices can visit the Google Play Store.

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