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Careers for Women in Fusion.jpgAre you a female student or a young professional in the field of nuclear physics or nuclear engineering? Are you wondering in which area to specialize, or what the right next step in your career is? Then this webinar featuring careers for women in fusion science and technology might be the right one for you.

Five renowned female fusion experts will highlight their own career paths and what motivated them to start working and stay in this field. They will discuss the role of women in fusion science and technology, what is needed to increase the representation of female experts in this field and why fusion offers a promising career for women. 

Date: 15:00 CET on 14 April 2021
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The panellists will make brief presentations followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Speakers at the event include:

CristinaRea.jpgMs Cristina Rea, Research Scientist, MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Cristina is Research Scientist at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), working on disruptions in tokamak plasmas with a focus on predictive modeling that integrates machine learning algorithms with plasma control systems. She is one of the lead organizers of the recurrent PSFC Computational Physics School for Fusion Research aimed at providing young researchers with critical skill sets to tackle modern fusion energy research challenges through high performance computing, parallel programming, computational statistics and uncertainty quantification, and machine learning. Cristina is also leading the PSFC Machine Learning working group to foster the interest and discussion around different machine learning applications to fusion research.

Melanie.jpgMs Melanie Windridge, UK Director, Fusion Industry Association

Melanie is a plasma physicist specialising in fusion energy. She currently holds the position of UK Director at the Fusion Industry Association and is responsible for Communications. Melanie is also Communications Consultant for Tokamak Energy, a private company aiming to accelerate the development of fusion energy by exploiting new technologies. She is an inspirational speaker who has delivered countless lectures at festivals, events and schools, and is the author of the award-winning book Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights and Star Chambers, an introductory book on fusion energy.

RossellaRotela.jpgMs Rossella Rotella, Plant Simulator Responsible Officer, ITER

Rossella holds a PhD in Nuclear Reactor Engineering and has almost 20 years of experience in both fission and fusion technologies. She joined ITER in 2014 and is currently responsible for the development of the plant simulator at ITER. Rossella has previously worked at the Enel Group, the Italian multinational producer and distributor of electricity, and was responsible for the nuclear equipment design and qualification for the Evolutionary Pressurized Reactor of the Flamanville and worked at the nuclear renaissance in Italy. After the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Accident, she started working on the safety enhancement design of the Enel fleet in Slovakia and Spain.

sehila1.jpgMs Sehila Gonzalez de Vicente, Nuclear Fusion Physicist, IAEA

Sehila holds a PhD in Materials Physics and has 15 years of experience in fusion technologies and materials. She joined the IAEA in 2014 as Nuclear Fusion Physicist. In this position, she oversees IAEA activities in fusion, including managing coordinated research projects and organizing DEMO Workshop Programme series, technical meetings and conferences, such as the Fusion Energy Conference 2020 (FEC2020), to foster international cooperation in fusion. Before joining the IAEA, she was Responsible Officer with the Fusion Materials Development Programme at the European Fusion Development Agreement/Eurofusion. In addition, she was appointed European Technical Coordinator of the International Fusion Energy Research Centre project between Europe and Japan as well as a member of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology scientific advisory board in the energy research field. 


Ms Siriyaporn Sangaroon, Assistant Professor, Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Siriyaporn has been a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) in Japan since 2019. She works in the neutron diagnostics group in the Large Helical Device (LHD). Siriyaporn holds a permanent position at the Department of Physics at the Mahasarakham University in Thailand and holds a PhD degree in Physics from the Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research focuses on the neutron diagnostics in fusion devices.