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​International Fusion Research Council

Member Access

The International Fusion Research Council (IFRC) was founded in 1971 within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), with the primary purpose to promote international co-operation in controlled fusion research and its applications. The establishment of IFRC was recommended by an international panel of leading scientists, convened by the IAEA in Trieste, Italy, in June 1970, that was tasked to consider the topic of international co-operation in controlled nuclear fusion research and its applications. 

The IFRC acts as an advisory body to the Director General on matters relating to the Agency’s controlled nuclear fusion programme with the aim to promote international co-operation in this field.

Memberships and Current Members

The Council consists of one member from each Member State of the Agency or international organization having a substantial research effort in controlled nuclear fusion. Members are appointed by the Director General after consultation with their respective governments for a term of four years and are eligible for re-appointment.

Chapman, Ian (Chair) - United Kingdom

Hole, Matthew J. - Australia

Duan, Xuru - china

Vargas-Blanco, Iván - Costa Rica

Ts​itrone, Emmanuelle - France

McDermott, Rachel - Germany

Raju, Daniel - India

Romanelli, Francesco - ITALY

Barabaschi, Pietro - ITER Organization

Ueda, Yoshio - Japan

Chektybayev, Baurzhan - Kazakhstan

Chung, Hyun-Kyung - Republic of Korea

Kuteev, Boris - Russian Federation

Ibarra Sanchez, Angel - Spain

McCarthy, Kathy​ - United States of America