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Physics Section     

9th IAEA Technical Meeting on
”Fusion Power Plant Safety”

IAEA Headquarters
Wagramer Strasse, 5, 1400,
15 to 17 July 2009


Form A (pdf, word)
Form B (pdf, word)
Form C (pdf, word)

Hotel Information
Room Information
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Over the last three decades, substantial efforts have been devoted worldwide to explore and develop an economically and environmentally attractive fusion energy source. Such efforts are steadily gaining momentum. Safety considerations, supported by research and development activities, are an integral part of these efforts and the knowledge base needed for the safe design, siting, construction and operation of a fusion power reactor is steadily improving.
Since 1973, the IAEA has sponsored a number of activities related to fusion safety. These included the organization of eight Technical Meetings on Fusion Safety, scientific contributions to the safety activities within several major fusion programmes (NET, INTOR, ITER-EDA), and the compilation of two major fusion safety status reports.
Following recommendation from the International Fusion Research Council, the IAEA will continue the series of Technical Meetings (TMs) on Fusion Safety, aiming to outline general guidance and recommendations regarding issues related to the safety requirements for the licensing of first generation fusion power plants. First feedback by the French licensing authority inside the ITER licensing process suggests interesting views. It is timely to discuss these issues due to the potential implications they can have for the ITER and for fusion power plants’ programmes.
Previous meetings in the series were held in Vienna, Austria (1980); Ispra, Italy (1983); Culham, UK (1986); Jackson Hole, USA (1989); Toronto, Canada (1993); Naka, Japan (1996); Cannes, France (2000) and Vienna Austria (2006).
Main focus of the meeting will be on:

The objective of the meeting is to examine in an integrated way all safety aspects anticipated to be relevant to ITER, and to the first power plant prototype expected to become operational by the middle of the century, leading to the first generation of economically viable power plants with attractive safety and environmental features. During the meeting the major focus will be on Safety assessment, Management Strategy and Materials Characterization, and Socio-economic implications. Scientific recommendations and guidelines will be assembled to determine the direction of future research and development activities towards the licensing of a future fusion power plant.


The meeting will consist of invited and contributed oral papers presented in sessions devoted to special topics with subsequent discussions. It is expected that invited talks, as keynotes for the session, will be of a length of 40 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion, and session talks of ~20 minutes with ~5 minutes for discussion. An overhead projector for transparencies and an electronic projector with a computer capable of reading CDs and USB memory sticks will be available (Power Point recommended).
The official language of the meeting is English (no interpretation will be provided). A short summary of the meeting, including recommendations, will be written to be approved during the last session.

Anyone wishing to present a paper during this meeting must submit an abstract.

The abstract shall be prepared according to the following instructions:

1) Page size: A4 (297mm by 210 mm) – vertical orientation
2) Margins 25mm all around
3) Layout:
Title: single-spaced, 14-point size, Times New Roman Font (TNR), bold
Authors: single-spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font
Affiliation: single-spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font, italic
Text: 1.5 spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font
Length: one page

A Book of Abstracts will be compiled for distribution during the meeting.

A manuscript will be prepared to be included in the meeting proceedings compiled by the IAEA in CD-ROM format (it will be available on the web and will include the presentations of authors submitting a manuscript).
For detailed instructions regarding how to prepare the manuscript please check the link Author Instructions

Authors must submit a signed Form B (pdf, word) to the IAEA for copyright purposes.

Electronic version of papers will be collected during the meeting.
A summary report of the meeting will be prepared for submission to the “Nuclear Fusion” journal.

About 50 persons from IAEA Member States and International Organizations are expected to attend. Participants should be persons actively involved in the relevant topics of the meeting.

In order to participate in the meeting, the following major steps must be completed:

1) Abstract Submission
A one page abstract must be submitted 15 May 2009. The abstract can be text only or contain figures and graphics, but must be only one page long. The abstract must contain the authors’ names, affiliation and email address.

When sending the file by email, please include the meeting title in the subject line. Acceptable file formats are Microsoft Word (preferred) or PDF. The filename should be in the following format:

"lastname_topic.doc" or “lastname_topic.pdf

Submit the abstract by email to with Cc: to C.Devia-Torres or by post or fax to the IAEA Scientific Secretary:

G. Mank
NAPC, Physics Section
International Atomic Energy Agency
Office A2309
Wagramer Str. 5, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 2600-21756, FAX: +43 1 26007

The authors must make sure that the files do not include copyrighted fonts or other impediments for reproduction. Authors must submit a signed Form B to the IAEA for copyright purposes. The abstracts will be selected and classified by the International Advisory Committee. Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their contributions by email, by middle June 2009.

2) IAEA participation
A participant will be accepted only if the Participation Form A is transmitted through the appropriate Governmental representative authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Atomic Energy Authority).

The costs for the organization of the meeting are borne by the IAEA. No registration fee will be charged to participants.
As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay the cost for attendance to the meeting (i.e. travel and living expenses) of participants. However, limited funds are available to help meet the cost of attendance and participation of a few selected specialists mainly from developing countries with low economic resources. Generally, not more than one grant will be awarded to any one country. The grants awarded will be in the form of lump sums usually covering part of the cost of attendance.
If governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their specialists, they should address specific requests to the IAEA Scientific Secretary at the International Atomic Energy Agency to this effect. Governments should ensure that applications for grants:
a) are received by the IAEA together with the abstract before 10 June 2009.
b) are accompanied by a duly completed and officially signed Grant Form C
c) include an estimate of the flight costs from/to the duty city in their country and Vienna from a valid travel agent.
Applications that do not comply with the conditions mentioned above will not be considered.

Awards will be announced around 15 June 2009.

(4) VISA / Administrative Assistance
Designated participants who require a visa to enter Austria should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Austria as soon as possible. A letter of invitation, if needed, can be requested from the Secretariat in the Physics Section:

Ms. Cecilia Devia Torres
NAPC, Physics Section
International Atomic Energy Agency
Office A2275
Wagramer Str. 5, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 2600-26393, FAX: +43 1 26007


15 May 2009


Submission by email, fax or post of abstracts according to the instructions above for paper selection.

10 June 2009


Request to the IAEA for financial support

Middle June 2009


Participants will be informed about the acceptance of their papers

15 June 2009


Grant awards

15 July 2009


Meeting begins – please bring an electronic copy (word or pdf file) of your manuscript paper to be collected by the IAEA Scientific Secretary.

International Advisory Committee (to be confirmed)

Werner Gulden (chair)


B.N. Kolbasov

Russian Federation

Neill Taylor


Charles Gordon


B.G. Hong

Rep. of Korea

Gabriel Marbach


Takumi Hayashi


David Petti



Scientific Secretary

Mr. G. Mank
NAPC Physics Section
International Atomic Energy Agency
Office A2309
Wagramer Str. 5, P.O. Box 100,
A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 2600-21707, FAX: +43 1 26007-21707


Ms. Cecilia Devia Torres
NAPC Physics Section
International Atomic Energy Agency
Office A2374
Wagramer Str. 5, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 2600-21755, FAX: +43 1 26007