Belgian Forum for Plasma Science (FPS)
Minutes of the FPS meeting held at KUL (Leuven) on Wednesday
January 16, 2002
There were 33 participants, representing KUL, BIRA-IASB, RUG, UIA, ERM-KMS,
KSB-ORB, and FOM.
14h10 Welcome address by Marcel Goossens
14h15 Seminar given by Rony Keppens (FOM):
"Gaining realism in magnetized plasma computations"
15h30 Seminar given by Irakli Nonobashvili (BIRA-IASB):
"On some aspects of Plasma Turbulence in Tokamaks and Possibility of
its External Control".
16h15 General discussion of the FPS chaired by Guido Van Oost
- BPS next meeting:
The next General Scientific Meeting of the Belgian Physical Society
will be held at the Université de Liège on Wednesday 5 and
Thursday 6 June 2002. The session on Plasma physics, geophysics and astrophysics
will be held on 6 June in the afternoon. The abstracts (with indication
of poster or oral preference) have to be sent to Viviane Pierrard (IASB)
who co-ordinates this session. The deadline has not yet been given
but should be around six weeks before the meeting. A message will be sent
to the members of the Forum to give more information about the program
of the meeting.
All the scientific teams present at the forum have already organized
a FPS meeting. Prof. J. Lemaire proposed to ask to Pierre Defrance (UCL)
to organize the next Fall FPS meeting in October or November 2002. If
P. Defrance agrees with this proposition, the speakers will be decided
at the BPS meeting.
A joint 2003 spring meeting on Plasma Physics is planned in Aachen
(Germany) on March 24-28, 2003. Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands
and Belgium will participate. Around 400 participants are expected. In
the spirit of the annual German Spring Meeting, this joint meeting should
in the first place offer a forum to young researchers to present and discuss
their results. Therefore, the registration costs will be kept low (RWTH
Aavhen offers free conference rooms, and FZ Jülich will provide organizational
assistance). Further details will be discussed in April.
- Appointment of a new secretary:
Pierre Dumortier will assume new tasks in Jülich and therefore
wanted to be replaced as secretary of the Belgian Forum for Plasma Sciences.
Fabrice Louche from ERM-KMS was candidate and nominated as a new secretary.
The members of the Forum thank Pierre Dumortier for all the accomplished
J. Lemaire proposed that one of the two seminars given at the next
FPS Meetings could be more tutorial. R.Weynants suggested that one of the
FPS member teams (e.g. the inviting team) would give an overview of his
main research topics. A remark was that this is already the aim of the
general BPS meeting,but in fact only partially. The suggestion will be
Proposition of a 2003 meeting on Plasma Physics:
G. Van Oost reminded the idea of involving industry into the FPS activities,
and asked the members to think about it. He also reminded the possibility
of applying for FWO scientific networks, which should however be rather