FUSION-DC will offer to a select group of top doctoral students the means to accomplish their research and integrated research-driven doctoral training within an international consortium of institutions1 that are leading the interdisciplinary field of magnetic confinement fusion education and research (‘Centre of Excellence’).
Furthermore, a key element will be the harmonization of advanced fusion training and professional qualification in the European Research Area, totally in the spirit of the Bologna declaration, in order to strengthen the interaction and exchange of academic resources.
Consequently, the following concrete objectives of the FUSION-DC partnership have been established:
- To provide a sustainable, integrated and coordinated training at doctoral level in the framework of a worldwide network of excellence in nuclear fusion science and engineering.
- To provide ITER, W7-X and DEMO with well qualified scientists and engineers.
- To provide access for doctoral students to the worldwide fusion facilities and increase the visibility of fusion research.
- To promote common education, worldwide interpersonal contacts, and a corporate spirit for collaborations between EU and non-EU scientists and engineers, such as necessary for the ITER project.
- To enhance the quality of European higher education in fusion through R&D training of all doctoral students (holding an Erasmus Mundus fellowship or not), thereby widening their perspective and personalising their career development.
- To supply the industry with internationally mobile future leaders who have experience with, and a positive attitude towards, top-level research.
- To increase the already existing interaction and establish a long-standing international collaboration in higher education and fusion R&D, with close connection between academic and research institutions (EU and non-EU), and between fundamental and applied physics and engineering, and responding to socio-economic needs.
- To enhance the international profile and visibility of European higher education: fusion research is well suited to the EHEA’s (European Higher Education Area) drive towards increased international recognition since Europe is the world leader in the development of MCF as a new energy source.
- The education, training and doctoral research will focus on six physics and engineering fields (see annex FIE for the description of the fields) to provide the needed competences for the fusion programme, which together cover the current forefront of MCF research:
- F1. Tokamak physics for ITER and beyond
- F2. Technology for ITER and beyond
- F3. Stellarator and reversed field pinch research and advanced concepts
- F4. Plasma-wall interaction and material research
- F5. Plasma theory and computational plasma physics F6. Diagnostics, plasma control and data analysis
- F6. Diagnostics, plasma control and data analysis