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The 8th IAEA Technical Meeting on “Theory of Plasma Instabilities” will take place from 12 to 14 June 2017 at the Vienna, Austria. The meeting will be hosted by IAEA Headquarters. After a kick-off meeting in 1999, previous meetings in this series were held at Kloster Seeon (Germany) in 2002, Trieste (Italy) in 2005, University of York (UK) in 2007, Kyoto University (Japan) in 2009, University of Texas at Austin (USA) in 2011, IAEA Headquarters (Austria) in 2013 and ENEA Research Centre (Italy) in 2015.


The 8th IAEA-TM on “Theory of Plasma Instabilities” will provide a forum for open discussions on theoretical and computational physics issues relevant to burning plasmas. The meeting will cover linear and non-linear theory and simulation of plasma instabilities, including core/edge turbulence, magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) processes, and energetic particle driven dynamics and their effects on plasma confinement. Special attention will be paid to multi-scale interaction dynamics in better understanding burning plasmas and to the modelling of such complex physical processes.



1. Overview: State of the art and importance of multi-scale physics for understanding burning plasmas.

2. Linear and nonlinear instabilities and their theoretical/computational methodologies including critical gradient problem and comparison with experiments.

3. Core/edge turbulent transport including momentum transport, turbulence-profile interaction, barrier formation, core-edge coupling, and isotopic dependence.

4. Magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities including energetic particle physics and their interaction with microturbulence in burning plasmas.

5. Physics and modelling of multi-scale interactions and their impact on plasma performance and control.



Electronic versions of papers will be collected at the meeting.

A manuscript of about 12 pages for invited and 9 pages for contributed shall be prepared for inclusion in the meeting proceedings published by the IAEA in CD-ROM form (it will be available on the web and will include presentations of the submitted manuscripts).

Authors should deliver their manuscripts at the registration desk on the first day of the meeting (12 June 2017).

A summary report of the meeting will be prepared for submission to the “Nuclear Fusion” journal.


14 April (extended) Deadline for abstracts submission

19 April

Deadline for the Participation Form submission

16 May

Participants will be informed about the acceptance of their papers

16 May

Grant awards

12 June

Meeting begins