Invited speakers

Costanza Maggi, CCFE, UK
Theme: Pedestal Physics on JET

Costanza Maggi is an experimental plasma physicist, working in the areas of spectroscopy and pedestal physics at the JET site in Culham, UK. Previous positions include several years at the Max Planck Institut für Plasma Physik, Garching, Germany and at the JET Joint Undertaking, Culham, UK. Current research interests include the impact of JET's ITER-like wall on plasma confinement and, in particular, on the edge transport barrier.

Gianluca Gregori
, University of Oxford, UK
Theme: Laser experiments on magnetic field generation

Prof Gregori holds a MS in Astrophysics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA), and a Laurea in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Bologna (Italy). In 2001 Dr Gregori started at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the National Ignition Facility (NIF) directorate and in 2005 moved to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Chilton, UK).  In 2007 he was appointed RCUK fellow at the University of Oxford where since then he leads a group in high-energy-density laboratory astrophysics, and in 2013 became full Professor. In 2014 he was awarded the Edouard Fabre prize for outstanding contributions to the physics of laser produced plasmas.

Nicholas Dover
, Imperial College London, UK
Theme: Imaging filamentation instabilities

Nicholas Dover works in the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science at Imperial College London, as part of a team investigating high intensity laser plasma interactions and plasma particle accelerators.  He is interested in the development of laser-driven ion sources, which for some applications promise to be more flexible, compact and affordable than conventional accelerators, and are able to provide beams with unique characteristics.

Sandra Chapman, Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, University of Warwick, UK
Theme: Turbulence

Sandra Chapman is primarily a plasma physicist working on problems in astrophysics and in the laboratory. She is currently Professor of Physics and Director of the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics at the University of Warwick, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Tromso and Senior Visiting Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden. (Picture by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies)

Erik Wagenaars, York Plasma Institute, UK 
Theme: Pulsed laser depostion of thin films

Erik Wagenaars is a lecturer in low-temperature plasmas and diagnostics at the York Plasma Institute of the University of York. Previously, he worked at the Eindhoven University for Technology (The Netherlands) and Philips EUV GmbH / Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (Germany). His main research interests are in the field of low-temperature plasmas, especially plasma-based thin film deposition and surface modification, laser ablation, atmospheric-pressure plasma jets and optical plasma diagnostic development


Thomas Morgan, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), Holland
Theme: Plasma-surface interactions under extreme condition 

Thomas Morgan is a researcher at FOM Institute DIFFER, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. He coordinates research at the Magnum-PSI and Pilot-PSI high flux linear devices and is the DIFFER leader of the Extreme Materials Impulse Programme in collaboration with the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research has included many aspects of plasma-surface interactions but concentrates on advanced divertor materials and concepts, in particular the application of liquid metals as a plasma facing material.

Dr Morgan received his bachelors and masters in physics (Hons) at the University of Oxford. He completed his PhD with the University of York, working on the MAST tokamak located in Culham, Oxfordshire.


Simon Freethy, CCFE, UK
Theme: Electron kinetics in MAST

Through the development of the world-leading Synthetic Aperture Microwave Imaging (SAMI) radiometer, Dr Freethy’s research interests cover reflectometry and emission of microwaves from high temperature plasmas; plasma edge stability, particularly ELMs and the application of advanced microwave diagnostics to fusion plasmas. Formerly the Culham Fusion Research Fellow, Dr Freethy is currently working at the Max-Plank Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching and holds a visiting scientist position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard Horne, British Antarctic Survey, UK
Plasma waves in the radiation belts of Earth and Jupiter

Richard Horne holds an individual merit scientist position at the British Antarctic Survey.  He is Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.  His main interests are in wave-particle interactions, planetary radiation belts and space weather.  Richard is also member of the Space Environment Impacts Expert Group (SEIEG) which provides advice to Government on space weather and currently leads the EU SPACESTORM project to help protect satellites from space weather. 

Graeme Lister
, Ceravision, UK
Theme: Plasma Lighting

Graeme Lister received his PhD in applied mathematics from Flinders University of South Australia. He then spent the next 20 years as a researcher in thermonuclear fusion at many of the important laboratories in Europe and the USA.  Since 1987, he has worked in the lighting industry, specializing in research and development of electrodelss discharge lamps.  He is currently strongly involved in the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, helping to develop recommended practices and industry standards for a number of lighting applications, as well as serving on the IES Technical Review Council.

Tony Bell, University of Oxford, UK
Theme: Cosmic Ray Acceleration

After a PhD in Radio Astronomy inCambridge, Tony Bell moved to the Central Laser Facility at RAL to work on the theory and modelling of laser-produced plasmas.  He was appointed to the Plasma Group at Imperial College in 1985, and moved to the University of Oxford in 2007.  His particular interests are cosmic rays in astrophysics, electron transport in laser-plasmas, and magnetic field generation in both astrophysical and laser-produced plasmas.

Grant Ritchie, University of Oxford
Theme: Laser Absorption Spectroscopy as a sensitive optical diagnostic in low temperature plasmas

Grant Ritchie is Associate Professor at the University of Oxford and has worked in the area of gas kinetics, dynamics and spectroscopy for over 15 years. Previously GADR’s work has been recognized by the award of a British Ramsay Memorial Research Fellowship (2000−03), a Junior Research Fellowship at St. John’s College Oxford (2000-2004), and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2004–09). GADR was appointed to a University Lectureship in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford from 2006 (converted to Associate Professor in Jan 2014). He is co-founder of the spin-out company Oxford Medical Diagnostics Ltd.  

Details of his research and teaching can be found at the following website:

Andy Carter, Oclaro, UK

Andy received his doctorate in Semiconductor Physics from Oxford University in 1977 and moved directly into the field of Photonics, joining the Caswell Research Centre in the UK, initially working for the Plessey Company, latterly for Marconi, Bookham and Oclaro. He has been central in defining and executing research and development strategies in many aspects of photonic devices and systems, including active components for high speed systems, WDM technologies, tunable lasers, packaging technology and optoelectronic integration.

Andy has published or presented over 200 journal or conference papers, including invited papers at major photonic conferences. He is also a visiting Professor in the Advanced Technology Institute of Surrey University.




Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    19 January 2015
  • Early registration deadline:
    2 March 2015
  • Registration deadline extended:
    25 March 2015


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