In the European Arena, through its various partnerships and networks, particularly the association ENEN, the INSTN plays an active role in furthering the development of the European Higher Education Area. The Institute is also a participant in FP6 and FP7 (Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes for Research and Development) projects that are aimed at strengthening and promoting post-secondary and/or continuing education in a variety of fields: energy, nuclear engineering (ENEN-II, ENEN-III), fusion (FUSENET), plasma physics (PLAPA), radiation protection (ENEN-II, ENETRAP).
European Project PLAPA: Plasma Physics and Applications
Over two years (01/10/2010 – 30/09/2012), eight universities and institutions from six European countries listed below are coupled to develop, within support of the Lifelong Learning Programme Erasmus, a curriculum for a Master degree course, offering the students of various European Universities the interlink between pure science and advanced technological applications associated to the HiPER project (High Power laser Energy Research). The latter is the European facility dedicated to demonstrating the feasibility of laser driven fusion as a future green energy source.
HiPER is being designed to enable a broad array of new science including extreme material studies, astrophysics in the laboratory, miniaturised particle accelerators and a wide range of fundamental physics research. The existence of highly educated scientists and engineers in Laser Plasma Physics and Technology is a key point for bringing HiPER into society and at the same time giving the opportunity to new scientists to enter the exciting field of laser matter interactions.
As a result, the collaborating universities have decided to develop a common master’s course to train young scientists to become experts in the field of Plasma Physics – Laser plasma interactions with applications to Fusion Science and Technology. This proposal acts as the first phase of the project while the second phase will involve an application of a grant from the Erasmus program.
- Technological Educational Institute of Crete – Chania (Greece) as the project coordinator
- Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
- Queen’s University Belfast and Imperial College of London (UK)
- INSTN and Université Bordeaux 1 (France)
- Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech rep.)
- Universita di Milano–Bicocca (Italy)
More information: PLAPA website - http://plapa.chania.teicrete.gr/
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