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Joint 5TH IAEA Technical Meeting On Spherical TORI


16th International Workshop on Spherical Torus (ISTW2011)




27 - 30 September 2011

National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Japan

Form A (word)
Form B (word)
Form C (word)

Announcement and Call for Papers



The Joint 5th IAEA Technical Meeting on Spherical Tori and 16th International Workshop on Spherical Torus (ISTW2011) will be held from September 27-30, 2011, at National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Japan.  Previous IAEA Technical Meetings on this subject were held at Tokyo (1998), Sao Jose dos Campos (2001), St. Petersburg (2005) and Frascati (2008;
Previous ISTWs were held in Oak Ridge (1994), Princeton (1995), Culham (1996), St. Petersburg (1997), Tokyo (1998), Seattle (1999), Sao Jose dos Campos (2001), Princeton (2002), Culham (2003), Kyoto (2004), St. Petersburg (2005), Chengdu (2006), Fukuoka (2007), Frascati (2008), and Madison (2009;


The objectives of the meeting are to contribute to advancing the understanding of spherical tori (ST) and compact toroid (CT) configurations and enhancing their potential for fusion energy applications. The meeting will provide a broad topic range for discussion and the opportunity to enhance links between experiment, theory/computation, and fusion energy applications. The scope of the meeting covers the full range of research activities on ST.  Also, appropriate common physics and technologies in Tokamaks, Helical Systems and Compact Tori (CT, the Spheromaks and FRCs) will be of interest.  The workshop further provides opportunities to develop beneficial research collaborations that make efficient use of resources and capabilities.


Topical areas of interest include:
(A) Plasma Science (experiment and/or theory-computation of)
A1) Start-up
A2) Macroscopic equilibrium and stability
A3) Confinement including transport and turbulence
A4) Plasma boundary physics including fueling and PWI
A5) Current drive
A6) Sustainment (integrated scenarios)
(B) Engineering and Technology
(C) Plasma Diagnostics
(D) Upcoming research plans
(E) Designs concepts and issues for next-stage experiments and facilities
(F) Concepts for future DEMO and power plants

Meeting format

The meeting will consist of invited and contributed oral presentations, a poster session to be held during the workshop, and a summary session.  The abstracts will be selected and classified by an International Program Advisory Committee into both oral and poster presentations.  We hope to allocate 30 minutes to invited talks plus 10 minutes discussion, and 20 minutes to contributed talks plus 5 minutes discussion.  A LCD projector with a computer will be provided for participants to present their papers.  Power Point or pdf formats are recommended. The official language of the meeting is English. A meeting program will be developed based on the invited and contributed abstracts received.  A first draft program will be issued on or before August 22, 2011 for feedback by all participants.


Booklet of Abstracts
A printed booklet of abstracts of plenary talks and contributed papers will be distributed to participants at the meeting desk.  Abstracts will also be available on the meeting website.
Electronic Proceedings
Working Documents of the Meeting containing slides, posters or brief versions of the texts of the contributions will be made available to all participants after the meeting on the meeting website.  Presenters are requested to upload PDF files of presentations from this website by the end of the meeting (September 30, 2011).  Plenary and oral talks will be recorded by video camera.  The recorded video will be available to all participants on the meeting website. A group photograph will be taken right after the opening session.  The group photograph will be available on the WEB.
Journal Publication
A subset of contributions will be peer-reviewed and published in a special issue of IEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials published by the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (  The special issue of IEEJ will be distributed to all participants.  The journal's submission, review and decision process is managed entirely online using the IEEJ Paper Management System.  Authors should upload their manuscripts directly into this system ( 

Participation and Submission of Papers

Participants should be actively involved in the topics of the meeting.  Following the standard IAEA procedure, official participants of the meeting must be nominated through their national authorities (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority).
To participate in the meeting a completed Participation Form A (PDF, Microsoft Word) must be transmitted to the IAEA through an appropriate authority (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority). Participants wishing to submit a contribution to the meeting will also need to submit a completed form for submission of a paper (From B, PDF, Microsoft Word) together with a one-page abstract of their presentation or poster to their appropriate authority (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority) for subsequent transmission to the IAEA. A participant will only be accepted if the Participation Form is transmitted through the appropriate authority. The forms and abstracts must be received by July 1, 2011. Participants whose nominations have been received by the IAEA will be notified by July 15, 2011.
Participants will be requested requested to pay 15,000 Yen for the cost of a booklet of abstracts, one copy of a special issue of the journal, and the other items.
Abstract submission
Individuals who intend to contribute a talk or poster should also send one copy of the IAEA Participation Form, Abstract Submission Form, and abstract to both of the following:
IAEA Scientific Secretary

ISTW2011 Meeting Secretary

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, bold
Authors:     single-spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman Font
Affiliation:   single-spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman Font, italic
Text:          1.5 spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman Font
Length:       one page

A Book of Abstracts will be compiled for free distribution at the meeting to every participant.

Expenditures and Financial Support
The costs for the organization of the meeting are borne by the host organization and the IAEA. No registration fee will be charged to participants.  However, to help defray some of the expenses participants are requested to pay a nominal contribution of pay 15,000 Yen for the cost of a booklet of abstracts, one copy of a special issue of the journal, and the other items to the Local Organizers directly upon registration.
As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay travel and accommodation expenses for meeting participants. However, limited funds are available to help meet the cost of attendance of a few selected specialists, primarily those from developing countries with low economic resources.  Generally, no more than one grant will be awarded to any one country. The grants awarded will be in the form of lump sums and usually only cover 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 IAEA.  Governments should ensure that applications for grants:
- Are received by the IAEA by July 22, 2011;
- Are accompanied by a completed and signed Participation Form (see above), including the abstract of the paper to be presented; and
- Are accompanied by a completed and signed Grant Application Form (PDF, Microsoft Word), as well as an estimate of a valid travel agent of the flight costs to and from the nearest city or capital city of their country and the conference location.
Applications that do not comply with the conditions mentioned above cannot be considered. Awards will be announced around August 15, 2011.


Designated participants who require a visa to enter Japan should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Japan as soon as possible.  Please note that it takes more than two weeks to get a Japanese visa after applying at the Japanese Consulate.  The local organizer will provide an official invitation letter to obtain the entry visa.  Fill in and upload the Visa Application Form (PDF, Microsoft Word) from the web site ( no later than July 11, 2011.  Documents required for visa application will be sent to you by airmail. 
Note: Your name and date of birth have to be the same as those written in your passport.  The invitation letter from the local organizer is just for the VISA application.  No financial support is available from the local organizer.


Accommodations can be reserved on the under before August 29, 2011.  NIFS discount rate will be available at OUSTAT International Hotel (, 4-14-1 Hakusan, Tajimi 507-0038, Tel: +81 572-25-0111) and at Hotel Tono (, 1-46 Honcho, Tajimi 507-0033).  Limited number of rooms will also available at the NIFS guest house.

Technical Tour

The host institute, the National Institute for Fusion Science, is happy to invite all Participants and their accompanying persons to a technical tour of the Large Helical Device (LHD) facilities.

Conference Banquet

A Conference banquet will be held.  Participants are invited to the Banquet without payment.  Accompanying persons are welcome to join the Banquet upon a payment of 6,000 Yen (inclusive of VAT).

International Programme Advisory Committee for IAEA TM




Martin Peng (Chair)



Yuichi Takase

University of Tokyo


Brian Lloyd

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy


Gerson Ludwig



Vasily Gusev

Ioffe Institute

Russian Federation


International Programme Committee for ISTW2011

A standing International Programme Committee will be consulted regarding the invited talks and abstracts of the workshop, and feedback to the submitted abstracts.  These Committee members are:




Martin Peng (Chair)



Masayuki Ono



Ray Fonck

University of Wisconsin


Tom Jarboe

University of Washington


Rob LaHaye



Mikhail Gryaznevich

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy


Hideki Zushi

Kyushu University


Franco Alladio



Englen Azizov



Yi Tan

Tsinghua University



Guest Editor for the IEEJ special issue

Kazuaki Hanada, Kyushu University, Japan

Organizing Committee

Richard Kamendje
(IAEA Scientific Secretary)

Physics Section
Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences
International Atomic Energy Agency
Vienna International Centre, PO Box 100, A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43-1-2600-21707, FAX: +43-1-26007

Yoshio Nagayama (Chair)

National Institutes for Fusion Science
322-6 Oroshi, Toki 509-5292, Japan
Phone: +81-572-58-2153
Fax: +81-572-58-2618
Meeting website:


Yoshihiko Hirooka

Naoki Mizuguchi

Masahiko Emoto

Noki Tamura

Hiroshi Kasahara

Hayato Tsuchiya

Satomi Iwatsuka

Akiko Kato

General Contact Address

Please address communications to Meeting Secretary and IAEA Scientific Secretary
Email to: with cc to:

Important Dates (Deadlines)

Submission of Abstracts and Participation Forms

July 1, 2011

Application for Travel Grants 

July 22, 2011

Decision on acceptance of Papers

July 15, 2011

Invitation Letter Application or Visa

July 11, 2011

Hotel Reservation

August 29, 2011


September 27-30, 2011

PDF files of presentation due

September 30, 2011

Submission of Journal Special Issue due

September 30, 2011