With a lecture on the subject of 'The Fusion Roadmap and the challenges of the ITER era,’ Francesco Romanelli completed his tenure as EFDA Leader and EFDA Associate Leader for JET on 28 November.
As EFDA and JET Leader and interim Programme Manager during the first months of EUROfusion, Francesco Romanelli was the driving force behind the European Fusion Roadmap and had played a key role in re-definition of the fusion research programme in the European Commission research and innovation program Horizon 2020.
In his talk, he briefly reviewed the history of fusion research since the 1960s. Looking back on his time at JET, he made the audience smile when he pointed out that 'the average life-time of a JET director was either seven months or seven years. I can claim to have stayed the longest—seven years AND seven months.’
He finished by thanking the many individuals and groups who made the roadmap and the successes in JET happen. Steve Cowley, Director of CCFE, reminded the audience of Francesco Romanelli’s scientific career in theoretical fusion science and his papers which are still highly important. 'I have an enormous respect for Francesco, he said’. 'Fusion owes him a great deal.’
EUROfusion Programme Manager Tony Donné, paid respect to the tremendous amount of work which had been done under Francesco’s leadership.
Read the full article on the EUROfusion website.
— Francesco Romanelli poses with family members at the farewell event.