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Students showcasing research posters at the 2015 GCEP Symposium

The Energy Challenge and the Case for Fusion

February 17, 2010 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Building 420, Room 40
Free and Open to All

Bio: Chris Llewellyn Smith is a theoretical physicist. He is currently President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and its Applications in the Middle East), a Vice President of the Royal Society, and a Visiting Professor in the Oxford Physics Department. He has served as Chairman of the Council of ITER (2007-09) and of the Consultative Committee for Euratom on Fusion (2004-09), and was Director of UKAEA Culham (2003-2008), with responsibility for the UK's fusion program and for operation of the Joint European Torus (JET). He was Provost and President of University College London (1999 - 2002), Director General of CERN (1994 - 1998), and Chairman of Oxford Physics (1987 - 1992). While at Culham he developed and vigorously promoted the ‘Fast Track’ approach to the development of fusion power, which has been officially adopted by the European Commission. During his mandate as DG of CERN the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was approved and started, and the Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP) was successfully upgraded. After completing his Doctorate in Oxford in 1967, he worked briefly in the Physical Institute of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, before spending periods at CERN and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, after which he returned to Oxford in 1974. Chris Llewellyn Smith has written and spoken widely on science funding, international scientific collaboration and energy issues. His scientific contributions and leadership have been recognized by awards and honors in seven countries on three continents.

Background Reading:

Energy - the Big Picture

The Path to Fusion Power

Key World Energy Statistics 2009

BP Statistical Review of World Energy

World Energy Outlook

Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

IEA Energy Technology Perspectives

Energy Future: Think Efficieny

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy


MIT Lectures (not yet complete)