Frontiers of Plasma Science Workshops

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
Town Hall Meeting: June 30 - July 1, 2015
Scientific Frontiers Workshop: August 20-21, 2015 [Panel Attendance Only]
Research Needs Workshop: October 22-23, 2015 [Panel Attendance Only]


How do I register for this workshop?
You register online using the Town Hall Registration form on this site. Each attendee will be responsible for paying for his or her room at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel. The cost is $199 per night June 29-30 and $162 per night July 1-2. There will be an additional 15% in state and local taxes.
Is there a registration fee for this workshop?
Yes. Payment of the required $30 registration fee must be submitted via the Payment Collection Site. The payment site accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
How do I make hotel accommodations for this workshop?
You make hotel reservations directly with the hotel at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel Reservation site.
How do I know that I am registered for the workshop?
After you submit your information using the Town Hall Registration form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail which summarizes the information you submitted. If you don't receive such an e-mail or are unsure about it, please contact ORAU.
I have a change in my travel plans; what should I do?
To make any changes to your workshop registration, please contact ORAU.
When and where will the on-site check-in take place on June 30?
On-site check-in is on the morning of the meeting outside of the general session room (White Oak A).
What are my options for ground transportation from the airport to the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel?
Shuttle, taxi and local transportation services are described on the Maps & Transportation page of the hotel website.
I'm driving. How do I get to the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel?
Driving directions can be found on the Maps & Transportation page of the hotel website.
I'd like to see the final workshop agenda. Where can I get it?
The agenda will be updated periodically and posted on the Agenda page.
Should I bring a laptop for my presentation?
We will have a switcher attached to the LCD projector. The LCD "speaks" to both Mac and PC-based systems. We prefer that you bring your presentation on a USB memory stick or CD so that it can be preloaded onto a PC before your session begins. If your presentation requires a Mac, however, it is better to bring your own laptop, or arrange to load your presentation on a Mac brought by a colleague.
What about internet access?
Internet access is complimentary.
How was the panel membership and leadership chosen?
DOE_FES first asked the chair to conduct the workshops, he in turn invited the co-chair. Jointly they appointed sub-panel leaders who in turn selected around nine additional members to each of the sub-panels.
Is there a White Paper template?
Yes. The template is linked to on the White Papers tab of this website.
If I submit a white paper does that mean I will also make a presentation at the Town Hall?
If, in addition to submitting a white paper, you would like to make a presentation at the town hall – either in person or through the web – then you should indicate your interest in making a presentation on the white paper. A check-box is provided on the template for this.
Give an example of a report that we are looking for. (HEDP and BES seem to be good examples).
This area is very broad and has never had a research needs report. Although the report needs to have technical substance, we do not want to the process to get bogged down in technical details. The goal is to get at the big-picture - a broad perspective that we can agree on as a community - hopefully - and communicate effectively not only to physicists outside our sub-fields but also to agencies and ultimately non-specialists. We want people to get excited about fundamental and applied frontier plasma science.
Are the two follow up workshops open to public or invitation only?
The final output of the Workshops is a written report. The writing process limits participation at the two follow-up workshops to invitation only for panel members. The panel is composed of five subpanels, each with two co-chairs and typically nine other members. Panel selection is nearly complete and represents diverse topical and institutional backgrounds. Membership will soon be posted. The community will provide input through white papers and attendance at the Town Hall Workshop. The Town Hall workshop will be accessible online as well.

Our goal is to reach out to the broad plasma science community to understand the challenges and opportunities beyond DOE-funded activities. Synthesizing the community input, finding commonalities in the physics issues, assessing experimental capabilities and needs, and writing the report will be the work of the panel. However, we intend for the process to be as transparent and inclusive as possible and are considering ways to make at least part of the follow-up workshops accessible online. Updates on this will be provided on our website.
What if there are more White Papers submitted than can be discussed in a two-day Town Hall Workshop?
If there are more people wanting to present something in person to the committee than the Town Hall can accommodate we will have additional online Town Hall meetings.
Do I need only one white paper for all workshops?
There is no limit to the number of white papers an individual, group or laboratory may submit. We desire to hear all the ideas on what constitute the frontier questions - the grand challenges of the field. Given those ideas, we also need to hear about what facilities are available or could be made available to address these challenge questions. A discussion of facilities only makes sense in the context of the frontier physics questions they will address. It would not be good just to talk about the plasma parameters that can be achieved by a given device without being specific about what frontier physics questions can be addressed by the device.

There could be a separate white paper presenting a facility, but it should tie-in to the first question about what the grand challenge question(s) are that it can address or we won't know how to include it in our report.
Who will give overview talks at the Town Hall Workshop?
We have discussed this and because we want the emphasis to be on the community input we have decided that our sub-panel leads will act as moderators for the Town Hall and will summarize the input we have received via the white papers in the overview talks.
How do we reconcile topical and programmatic cuts? That is if one, for example, is interested in the development of RFPs, which may have physics related to four subpanels; do they submit one white paper or four?
If someone is interested in RFP's what they can do is write a white paper or two about truly fundamental questions that RFP's can address. In a single white paper you should talk about a single grand challenge question and how an existing RFP, or one that we have the technology to build, could address that question. The next step is relate the challenge described in your white paper to at least one of the crosscutting physics topics:
-Plasma atomic physics and the interface with chemistry and biology
-Plasma self-organization (electrical or magnetic)
-Interaction of waves and particles
-Plasma statistical mechanics
-Plasma turbulence and transport

We are interpreting these categories very broadly so there should be at least one that works.

If you envision using an RFP to address multiple distinct fundamental frontier challenges then write a separate white paper for each question. We want the physics to drive this process and not specific machines.
My question isn't answered here. Whom do I contact?

For technical questions, contact:

Workshop Chair & Co-Chair

DOE Point of Contact


For logistical questions, contact: