Signature of the Consortium Agreement for Spain’s candidacy to build IFMIF-DONES in Granada

The Council of Ministers has authorised the adjustment of the budgetary limits to fulfil the cost commitments derived from the agreement between the Ministry of Science and the Regional Government of Andalusia to establish the Consortium that will support Spain’s candidacy and the construction of the scientific infrastructure IFMIF-DONES and the management of R&D related projects. This step strengthens Spain’s proposal to build this facility in Granada, a joint initiative between Spain and Croatia which has the full support of the European Fusion Program.

DONES-PreP gathers over 100 companies to explore business opportunities related to IFMIF-DONES

The construction of the first liquid metal and radiofrequency laboratories, the DONES-UGR Research Centre, the design of prototypes for the operation of the particle accelerator and the electric supply connections for IFMIF-DONES require the involvement of private companies. In the next three years, the preparatory activities related to the particle accelerator, the largest scientific infrastructure to be built in Spain, will generate opportunities for science industry over €26 million. This was the main conclusion of the event on upcoming opportunities for the industry sector in IFMIF-DONES, which gathered over 100 Spanish companies interested in identifying cooperation opportunities in the design, construction, and operation phases of the accelerator.


Paola Batistoni – Head of the Fusion Development Unit of ENEA

‘A complex endeavour such as the development of fusion energy can certainly benefit from combining the efforts worldwide’

Paola Batistoni started working in fusion research more than thirty-five years ago at the ENEA Centre in Frascati. Currently, Batistoni coordinates the fusion activities and the participation in the European fusion programme. Paola Batistoni speaks in this interview about her experience as leader of international fusion projects, the role of women in this scientific area and the project to build the DTT tokamak in Italy.


Research, Training and Mobility Programme IFMIF-DONES

    The University of Granada (UGR) has launched the Research, Training and Mobility Program to hire 13 people in research centers and international laboratories related to the IFMIF-DONES project.
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    IFMIF-DONES generates high-quality employment in Granada

    The Coordinator of the Technical Office of IFMIF-DONES at the University of Granada participates in the First International Employment Fair in Granada, where he explained that the project is already generating job opportunities.

    Geotechnical study at the IFMIF-DONES site within the DONES PRIME program

    Within the framework of the DONES-PRIME program, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), different activities are being carried out to characterize the site of the future IFMIF-DONES. Among these, preliminary topographic and geotechnical studies have been developed of the entire plot and in greater depth. An intensive geotechnical study of the entire plot is currently in progress with special emphasis on the area of ​​the main building that will house the accelerators, lithium systems and test modules.


    Secondary students from Ave María centers in Granada get to know the accelerator

    The DONES-PreP Project organised an informative talk about the energy problem and the importance of IFMIF-DONES for 75 secondary school students from Ave María centers in Granada in May.

    Colloquium about IFMIF-DONES with neighbours and entrepreneurs of Escúzar organised by DONES-PreP

    Neighbours and entrepreneurs from Escúzar were gathered last April 22 at an online colloquium to discuss in depth this large scientific infrastructure and its socioeconomic impact.


    Marek Lewitowicz - Chairman of the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC)

    ‘In-kind contributions will play an essential role in IFMIF-DONES. It is an attractive funding scheme for international partners’

    Prof. Dr Marek Lewitowicz is the Chairman of the NuPECC, one of the Expert Committees of European Science Foundation. He is currently Research Director of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique at GANIL laboratory in Caen (France). Lewitowicz explains in this interview the objectives of NuPECC and its role as an observer entity in the preparatory phase of IFMIF-DONES.



    CIEMAT organises webinar about the role of IFMIF-DONES in the development of fusion as a source of energy

    The role of IFMIF-DONES in the development of fusion as a source of energy was the central topic of the webinar organised last April 8 by CIEMAT, within the scope of the ConCiencia series. This online session was attended by over 100 people and gathered experts and representatives of institutions leading international projects.

    CONICET analyses IFMIF-DONES at its Controlled Nuclear Fusion Conference

    The National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) and the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) of Argentina celebrated last May 31 and June 1 the Controlled Nuclear Fusion Conference. Ángel Ibarra, Head of the Fusion Technologies Division at CIEMAT and Technical Director of IFMIF-DONES, participated in the event.



    IFMIF-DONES at the Gravite Festival opening

    The multidisciplinary Gravite Festival is closely linked to IFMIF-DONES. The particle accelerator has been present in the three editions of this event, celebrated in Granada. In its third edition, the opening session focused on the large scientific infrastructure. The Technical Director of IFMIF-DONES, Ángel Ibarra, and the Vice-Rector for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Granada, Enrique Herrera, participated in the discussion panel at the opening of the festival, which addressed IFMIF-DONES, Granada’s candidacy to host the facility, and the impact it will have at the local, national, and international level.
    Jesús Lens, Director of Gravite Festival

    ‘Knowledge is the basis to believe in anything, hence Gravite’s commitment to the accelerator’

    Jesús Lens, communicator and cultural manager, reveals in this interview the role of IFMIF-DONES in the origin of the multidisciplinary festival Gravite in Granada.


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    One more step towards the fusion. The IFMIF/EVEDA project

    The sixth introductory article on nuclear fusion discusses the IFMIF / EVEDA project, the result of the Broader Approach agreement between the EU and Japan, signed with the aim of complementing the ITER project and accelerating the development of fusion. IFMIF / EVEDA is now in its second phase, focused on improving LIPAc.



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      This newsletter has been elaborated by the DONES Preparatory Phase project. This project has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement No 870186. The information herein reflects only the author’s view and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of it.