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20th Anniversary Workshop for the NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy,
Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
NSF Headquarters
Arlington, Virginia
January 9 – 11, 2017


The general agenda layout for the Workshop is given below. An up to date schedule of talks, poster presentations, and a list of registered participants are provided in this PDF file (683 KB).

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Technical sessions will consist of talks that are 20 minutes long + 10 minutes Q&A.

The poster session will be divided into two time slots to allow all presenters to see and discuss other posters. Posters will be displayed in the NSF Atrium all day Tuesday, January 10th.

Live webcast instructions for virtual access to the Workshop's oral sessions and panel discussions:

WebEx Technical Requirements
  1. Computer with a wired, high speed internet connection (Mac with Safari or Windows PC with Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer are recommended). Operating Systems and Browsers supported by WebEx are listed here: or (Note: Please see the special notice on the use of Chrome with WebEx.)
  2. Landline touchtone telephone for backup or audio-only connection, if needed.
  3. WebEx Event Manager Software. Note: Available for download with appropriate media players (Flash 6.0 or later, Windows Media Player 9.0 or later or Quick Time 7.1 or later). To set up Event Manager on your computer click here, then click "Event Manager" on the right side of the screen under Set Up.

Join via Audio-Only

To participate by audio-only telephone, dial: 1-855-797-9485 (toll-free) or 1-415-655-0002 (toll) and enter the appropriate Event Number/Access Code listed above for day 1, day 2 or day 3.

For Reasonable Accommodations or Technical Support

  1. If you require reasonable accommodations to participate, contact the NSF Office of Diversity and Inclusion at by December 23, 2016.
  2. For technical support before or during any WebEx event, call Cisco Technical Support at 1-866-569-3239

Day 1, Monday, January 9
8:30 AM
8:45 am
History of the Partnership Session
10:00 am
10:30 am
Technical session 1 (4 talks)
12:30 pm
Working Lunch at NSF provided by the Workshop
1:45 pm
Technical session 2 (3 talks)
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
Technical session 3 (2 talks)
4:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Impact of the Partnership in Supporting Advances in Plasma Science & Engineering [moderated by Vyacheslav Lukin (NSF) & Sean Finnegan (DOE)]
5:40 pm
Day 2, Tuesday, January 10
8:00 am
Technical session 4 (4 talks)
10:00 am
10:15 am
Technical session 5 (4 talks)
12:15 pm
Lunch on your own
1:45 pm
Technical session 6 (3 talks)
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
Poster session
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
Workshop Dinner* [To be paid individually]
Day 3, Wednesday, January 11
8:15 am
Technical session 7 (3 talks)
9:45 am
10:00 am
Technical session 8 (3 talks)
11:30 am
11:40 am
Panel Discussion:The Present and Future Role of the NSF/DOE Plasma Partnership in Stewarding Plasma Science [moderated by Scientific Organizers + others]

Discussion Questions:

Q1: What is the present situation and near-term outlook for US university faculty positions in plasma physics and related disciplines? How could the NSF/DOE Plasma Partnership facilitate an increase in the academic footprint in the disciplines with limited university presence?

Q2: What is the place and role of the NSF/DOE Plasma Partnership among the multiple government agencies and programs that support basic and applied research in plasma science?
1:00 pm