Invited speakers


Professor Steve Cowley, CCFE UK

Steven Cowley became Head of CCFE in September 2008 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009. He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD from Princeton University. Professor Cowley's post-doctoral work was at Culham and he returned to Princeton in 1987. He joined the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles in 1993, rising to the rank of Full Professor in 2000. From 2001 to 2003 he led the plasma physics group at Imperial College, London. He remains a part-time professor at Imperial College. He has published over 100 papers and articles. Professor Cowley co-chaired the US National Academy's decadal assessment of, and outlook for, plasma science: Plasma Science: Advancing Knowledge in the National Interest (National Academy Press 2007). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, and the recipient of the IOP's 2012 Glazebrook Medal for leadership in physics. In June 2011, Professor Cowley was appointed to the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology and in May 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

      Professor Robert Bingham, STFC, University of Strathclyde, UK

      Dr Nicola Booth, STFC, CLF, UK

      Dr Mark Bowden, University of Liverpool, UK


Professor John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, UK

I am at present Honorary Senior Research Fellow in The School of Physics and Astronomy in The University of Glasgow

My last paid position was as Regius Professor of Astronomy in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy in The University of Glasgow. In this I was Leader of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group, coordinator of astronomy teaching and outreach within the Dept., and lecturer on many aspects of Astronomy. In addition I am an Honorary Professor in the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen, giving a course in the latter on Honours level Stellar Physics. Having studied in Glasgow 1964-68  and joined the faculty immediately thereafter, I have been based in Glasgow throughout my career but have held many visiting fellowships abroad and am involved in numerous international collaborations. More details are in the resume pages.

In 1995 I was appointed by the Queen as the 10th Astronomer Royal for Scotland, a post created in 1834. This title is an honorary one which I mainly use to promote astronomy in the public eye and in education, through lectures and planetarium shows throughout the UK, much of it via Amateur Astronomical Societies which are numerous in Scotland and in several of which I am Honorary President. I have been involved, as adviser and/or giving debut shows, in several of the new planetaria recently opened in the UK, including Glasgow Science Centre’s superb Zeiss Starmaster, Birmingham’s Thinktank, Newcastle’s Centre for Life, and for a while, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, which I quit in its pre-opening stages. More details are in the Outreach pages.


Dr Orlando Ciricosta, University of Oxford, UK

My research is focused on the creation of well characterized sample of hot dense matter, using the world's first hard X-ray laser ( LCLS), and on the understanding of the atomic and plasma processes occurring in these systems (X-ray heating, continuum lowering).
I am currently a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US, as part of a collaboration aimed to the understanding of some of the physical issues (hot-spot mix) hindering the achievement of the ignition of fusion targets at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).


Dr Michael Fitzgerald, CCFE, UK

Michael Fitzgerald is a fast particle and MHD physicist at CCFE and a director of the Culham Plasma Physics Summer School.

He obtained his Ph.D in 2009 at the University of Sydney, developing plasma diagnostics and kinetic simulations of partially ionised, non-Maxwellian fusion neutron sources.

His postdoctoral work at the Australian National University focused on developing extensions to MHD theory and codes incorporating effects of high rotation, high pressure anisotropy and high beta, suitable for studying spherical tokamaks such as MAST-U and spherical tokamak power plant concepts.

Michael is focused on studying tokamak stability limits for burning plasmas on ITER, taking advantage of a second D-T campaign on JET.

                                Professor Andrew Randewich, AWE, UK

Professor Andrew Randewich is AWE Chief Scientist. After completing a PhD in plasma physics, he joined the company in 1997 in the High Altitude Nuclear Effects Team where he developed a novel capability to model Artificial (Nuclear Induced) Van Allen Belts.

He also worked to improve AWE’s understanding of and capability in Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) phenomenology and won the Discovery Award for Early Career Scientific Innovation.

Andrew later worked on thermonuclear burn modelling in support of Intertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and as a Team Leader for transport algorithms in the Computational Physics Group. Since then, Andrew spent two years managing the Physics Certification programme, and in 2009 moved to lead the High Performance Computing Group where he was involved in the procurement and installation of some of the largest computers in the UK. After 6 months as acting Head of Design Physics, Andrew was appointed Head of Plasma Physics in November 2011.


Dr Mark Koepke, West Virginia University, USA


Professor Nick Braithwaite, Open University, UK


Professor Akira Mizuno, Toyohashi University of Technology, UK

Akira Mizuno is a professor emeritus at Toyohashi University of Technology. He has contributed to apply the non-thermal plasma in environmental remediation, especially in decomposition of gaseous pollutant by combining with catalysts. He involved in various subjects using the non-thermal plasma processes and electrostatics, which include; diesel exhaust gas cleaning, conversion of gases, sterilization, manipulation of individual cells and DNA molecules. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and president of Institute of Electrostatics Japan


Dr Adam Stanier, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

He obtained his Ph.D in 2013 at the University of Manchester, investigating magnetic reconnection in the solar corona and during merging start-up in the Mega-Ampere Spherical Tokamak.

In his post-doctoral work at Los Alamos National Laboratory he studied reconnection in weak and strong guide field regimes, with application to the magnetosphere and tokamak plasmas respectively. He and his co-workers have highlighted the key role of ion kinetic physics in the weak guide field regime, which sets the reconnection rate and can influence the global evolution of reconnecting systems.


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline extended:
    22 February 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    25 April 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    4 May 2016


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