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Meetings

  • 12th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    31 Mar - 03 Apr, 2014
    Cambridge, MA, US
  • 12th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    31 Mar - 03 Apr, 2014
    Madrid, Spain
  • 12th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    09 Apr - 11 Apr, 2014
    Cambridge, MA, US
  • 26th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    15 Apr - 17 Apr, 2014
    Prague, Czech
  • 26th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    19 May - 22 May, 2014
    Pohang, Korea
  • 13th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    20 Oct - 23 Oct, 2014
    CEA Cadarache, France
  • 27th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    20 Oct - 22 Oct, 2014
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 13th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    20 Oct - 22 Oct, 2014
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 20th Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor TG Meeting
    20 Oct - 23 Oct, 2014
    Prague, Czech
  • 13th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    21 Oct - 23 Oct, 2014
    Padua, Italy
  • 24th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    21 Oct - 23 Oct, 2014
    Padua, Italy
  • 27th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    03 Nov - 07 Nov, 2014
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 5th ITPA CC/CTP Meeting
    08 Dec - 10 Dec, 2014
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 5th CTP Ex Com Meeting
    10 Dec - 10 Dec, 2014
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 14th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    25 Mar - 27 Mar, 2015
    St Paul-lez-Durance, France
  • 25th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    14 Apr - 17 Apr, 2015
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 14th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    20 Apr - 23 Apr, 2015
    Barcelona, Spain
  • 14th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    05 May - 07 May, 2015
    St Paul-lez-Durance, France
  • 28th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    19 May - 22 May, 2015
    Toki, Japan
  • 21st Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor TG Meeting
    09 Jun - 12 Jun, 2015
    Princeton, NJ, US
  • 15th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    07 Sep - 09 Sep, 2015
    Vienna, Austria
  • 15th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    12 Oct - 15 Oct, 2015
    Hefei, China
  • 26th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    19 Oct - 22 Oct, 2015
    Naples, Italy
  • 28th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    22 Oct - 23 Oct, 2015
    Garching, Germany
  • 15th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    22 Oct - 23 Oct, 2015
    Garching, Germany
  • 29th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    02 Nov - 06 Nov, 2015
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 6th ITPA CC/CTP Meeting
    08 Dec - 10 Dec, 2015
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 6th CTP Ex Com Meeting
    10 Dec - 10 Dec, 2015
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 22nd Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor TG Meeting
    25 Jan - 28 Jan, 2016
    Rome, Italy
  • 27th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting and 2016 US-Japan MHD Workshop
    07 Mar - 11 Mar, 2016
    Toki, Japan
  • 29th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    16 Mar - 18 Mar, 2016
    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • 16th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    16 Mar - 18 Mar, 2016
    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • 16th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    26 Apr - 29 Apr, 2016
    Garching, Germany
  • 30th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    21 Jun - 24 Jun, 2016
    Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 16th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    27 Jun - 30 Jun, 2016
    St Paul-lez-Durance, France
  • 17th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    24 Oct - 26 Oct, 2016
    Kyoto, Japan
  • 30th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    24 Oct - 26 Oct, 2016
    Naka, Japan
  • 17th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    24 Oct - 26 Oct, 2016
    Naka, Japan
  • 28th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    24 Oct - 26 Oct, 2016
    Kyoto, Japan
  • 17th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    24 Oct - 27 Oct, 2016
    Naka, Japan
  • 23rd Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor TG Meeting
    24 Oct - 27 Oct, 2016
    Naka, Japan
  • 31st Diagnostics TG Meeting
    07 Nov - 10 Nov, 2016
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 7th ITPA CC/CTP Meeting
    06 Dec - 08 Dec, 2016
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 7th CTP Ex Com Meeting
    08 Dec - 08 Dec, 2016
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 29th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    22 Mar - 24 Mar, 2017
    Chengdu, China
  • 18th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    03 Apr - 06 Apr, 2017
    ITER Organization, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 31st Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    18 Apr - 20 Apr, 2017
    York, UK
  • 18th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    26 Apr - 28 Apr, 2017
    Seville, Spain
  • 18th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    01 May - 03 May, 2017
    Princeton, US
  • 32nd Diagnostics TG Meeting
    09 May - 12 May, 2017
    Chengdu, China
  • 24th Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor TG Meeting
    30 May - 02 Jun, 2017
    York, UK
  • 19th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    11 Sep - 12 Sep, 2017
    Princeton, US
  • 32nd Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    18 Sep - 20 Sep, 2017
    Helsinki, Finland
  • 19th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    18 Sep - 20 Sep, 2017
    Helsinki, Finland
  • 30th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    09 Oct - 11 Oct, 2017
    Barcelona, Spain
  • 19th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    16 Oct - 19 Oct, 2017
    Frascati, Italy
  • 33rd Diagnostics TG Meeting
    16 Oct - 20 Oct, 2017
    IO, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 8th ITPA CC/CTP Meeting
    07 Nov - 09 Nov, 2017
    ITER Organization, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 8th CTP Ex Com Meeting
    09 Nov - 09 Nov, 2017
    ITER Organization, St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 25th Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor TG Meeting
    30 Jan - 02 Feb, 2018
    Chengdu, China
  • 31st MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    05 Mar - 09 Mar, 2018
    Naka, Japan
  • 33rd Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    04 Apr - 06 Apr, 2018
    Stockholm, Sweden
  • 20th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    09 Apr - 12 Apr, 2018
    Daejeon, Korea
  • 20th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    09 Apr - 11 Apr, 2018
    Daejeon, Korea
  • 34th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    23 Apr - 26 Apr, 2018
    San Diego, CA, USA
  • 20th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    23 May - 25 May, 2018
    St Paul-lez-Durance, France
  • 21st Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    03 Sep - 05 Sep, 2018
    Lisbon, Portugal
  • 21st Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    17 Sep - 20 Sep, 2018
    St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 32nd MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    01 Oct - 03 Oct, 2018
    Napoli, Italy
  • 35th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    08 Oct - 12 Oct, 2018
    St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 21st Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    29 Oct - 31 Oct, 2018
    St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 34th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    29 Oct - 31 Oct, 2018
    St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 9th ITPA CC/CTP Meeting
    15 Jan - 17 Jan, 2019
    St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 9th CTP Ex Com Meeting
    17 Jan - 17 Jan, 2019
    St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 22nd Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    25 Mar - 27 Mar, 2019
    Austing, TX, USA
  • 33rd MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    01 Apr - 03 Apr, 2019
    Daejeon, Korea
  • 36th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    08 Apr - 12 Apr, 2019
    Canberra/Sydney, Australia
  • 22nd Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    09 Apr - 11 Apr, 2019
    Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 35th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    09 Apr - 11 Apr, 2019
    Daejeon, Korea
  • 22nd Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    09 Apr - 12 Apr, 2019
    Ibaraki, Japan
  • 27th Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor TG Meeting
    02 Jul - 05 Jul, 2019
    Garching, Germany
  • 23rd Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    09 Sep - 11 Sep, 2019
    Naka, Japan
  • 37th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    07 Oct - 10 Oct, 2019
    St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 34th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    14 Oct - 17 Oct, 2019
    Garching, Germany
  • 23rd Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    14 Oct - 17 Oct, 2019
    Garching, Germany
  • 36th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    14 Oct - 16 Oct, 2019
    Hefei, China
  • 23rd Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    14 Oct - 17 Oct, 2019
    Hefei, China
  • 10th ITPA CC/CTP Meeting
    10 Dec - 12 Dec, 2019
    St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 10th CTP Ex Com Meeting
    12 Dec - 12 Dec, 2019
    St Paul Lez Durance, France
  • 28th Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor TG Meeting
    13 Jan - 16 Jan, 2020
    Jeju, South Korea
  • 35th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting (postponed)
    09 Mar - 13 Mar, 2020
    Toki, Japan
  • 24th Integrated Operation Scenarios TG Meeting
    30 Mar - 02 Apr, 2020
    Princeton, NJ, USA
  • 37th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting (postponed)
    28 Apr - 30 Apr, 2020
    San Diego, CA, USA
  • 24th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    29 Jun - 03 Jul, 2020
    Garching, Germany
  • 24th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    12 Oct - 16 Oct, 2020
    Remote
  • 38th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    12 Oct - 15 Oct, 2020
    Remote
  • 29th Scrape-Off Layer & Divertor TG meeting
    12 Oct - 22 Oct, 2020
    Remote
  • 25th Integrated Operation Scenario TG Meeting
    12 Oct - 20 Oct, 2020
    Remote
  • 36th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    19 Oct - 22 Oct, 2020
    Remote
  • 37th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    19 Oct - 23 Oct, 2020
    Remote
  • 25th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    20 Oct - 23 Oct, 2020
    Remote

The International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA) provides a framework for internationally coordinated fusion research activities. The ITPA continues the tokamak physics R&D activities that have been conducted on an international level for many years. This has resulted in the achievement of a broad physics basis essential for the ITER design and useful for all fusion programs and for progress toward fusion energy generally.

The ITPA operates under the auspices of ITER. The Participants in the ITPA are the Members of ITER. The organizational structure of the ITPA consists of a Coordinating Committee (CC) and several Topical Physics Groups.

See the ITPA Charter (link at left) for a more detailed description.


The role of the ITPA Coordinating Committee is to oversee the Topical Physics Groups in conducting their tasks and to interface the ITPA with the ITER Organization (IO). It is composed of three representatives from each Participant and the ITER Organization. One representative from each Participant is designated as the Contact Person from that Participant. The ITER-IO also designates one of its three representatives as a Contact Person.

  • Every three years, the Coordinating Committee selects the Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the Topical Groups from the Participants for three year terms.
  • In addition to the Chair and Deputy Chairs, each Topical Group has an ITER Deputy Chair appointed by the ITER Organization to facilitate a close working interface with the ITER Organization and to provide administrative support of the ITPA by the ITER Organization.
  • Each Topical Group consists of 2-7 scientists (Members) per Participant, named by each Participant. The Groups may invite the participation of additional scientists (Experts) from and nominated by the Participants.
  • The ITPA Coordinating Committee and the Topical Groups (with the approval of the ITPA Coordinating Committee) may form Working Groups that cross Topical Group boundaries to perform a specific task with a well defined timescale and deliverables.
  • The ITPA Coordinating Committee may also confer observer status on international fusion research communities that petition the ITPA Coordinating Committee for such status. The stellarator community currently has such status and is entitled to place one representative on each ITPA Topical Group.

Beginning in 2002, representatives of the ITPA and the experimental fusion facilities have met annually with representatives of the International Energy Agency (IEA) to encourage collaborations that address outstanding physics issues. The IEA sponsors several Implementing Agreements that foster joint collaborations. The resulting process has grown to involve all the IEA implementing agreements and nearly all tokamaks.

In the fall of each year, the ITPA, through its Topical Groups, prepares a report on the previous year's joint experiments and a proposal for a set of joint experiments for the coming year. The ITPA CC chair, assisted by the TG chairs, presents this proposal to the world's tokamak program leaders in a meeting in the December time frame. At this meeting, the joint experiments are discussed, and commitments are sought from the various tokamak program leaders. An international participant team is identified and a spokesperson defined. The tokamak leaders seek to implement these joint experiments within their normal experimental planning processes.

Since 2008 (when the ITPA came under sponsorship of ITER), there has been an increased focus on addressing remaining uncertainties in the physics related to ITER design and operation. The ITER-ITPA-IEA partnership, already having proven extremely beneficial, is expected to have a major impact on refining the plan for ITER operations for many years — well beyond the ITER Construction Phase.

Group Chair Deputy Chair ITER Org. Deputy Chair
Coordinating Committee Tony Donne (EU) Mireille Schneider
Diagnostics Didier Mazon (EU) Sang-Gon Lee (KO) George Vayakis
Energetic Particle Physics Don Spong (US) Mirko Salewski (EU) Simon Pinches
Integrated Operations Scenarios Yong-Su Na (KO) Joerg Hobirk (EU) Peter De Vries
MHD, Disruptions & Control Vladimir Pustovitov (RF) Akihiko Isayama (JA) Yuri Gribov
Pedestal & Edge Physics Hajime Urano (JA) Max Fenstermacher (US) Guido Huijsmans
Scrape-Off-Layer & Divertor Karl Krieger (EU) Tomohide Nakano (JA) Gregory De Temmerman
Transport & Confinement Jonathan Citrin (EU) Min Xu (CN) Joseph Snipes