Fusion Energy Sciences Research Needs Workshop

Chair: Charles Greenfield (General Atomics)

Co-Chair: Cami Collins (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

DOE FES Liaisons: Matthew Lanctot and Josh King

The workshop report has been placed in arXiv:

Thank you to the over 400 people who contributed to the success of the workshop!

This website will be maintained for at least one year following the October 8, 2022 release of the report. We are making the plenary presentations and white papers publicly available as we receive permission from the presenters and authors. The Resource Library may also be of interest.

The workshop chairs (Chuck Greenfield and Cami Collins) are available to discuss the report with your group or institution. Please use the contact form to request a presentation.

“US partnership in ITER provides access to a high-gain reactor-scale burning fusion plasma, and an accompanying US ITER research team and program to exploit that facility must be developed… That team will make essential contributions to achieving the high gain mission for ITER, exploit unique access to a burning plasma at the reactor scale, and enable US scientists to close the nuclear science and engineering gaps in order to build a U.S. fusion pilot plant.”   
-2021 Report of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee

Understanding burning plasmas, in which heating is dominantly provided by the energy released by fusion reactions, and resolving challenges associated with sustained operation are critical steps toward achieving fusion energy. The ITER international experiment is the largest single investment by DOE FES, and construction is 75.3% complete to first plasma. Your input is critical as we define how the U.S. will best utilize ITER!

All members of the US fusion community, from students to senior scientists and engineers, are invited to join this important (virtual) workshop

This workshop will be held to engage the U.S. fusion community in the elaboration of a plan describing the formation, organization, and research objectives of a national ITER research program. Workshop participants should adopt a long-term, comprehensive perspective on the U.S. engagement in ITER research. 

This workshop will be virtual. A kickoff meeting (Feb. 9, 2022 at noon ET) will be followed by a series of smaller breakout discussions, then a final meeting in May.  Participants can expect to commit <40 hours in total.

Based on the charge, we'll be working on answering this list of Discussion Group Questions throughout this workshop. 

Submit white papers or comments. 

What? When? Why?

Material from previous discussions and more information about ITER