FinnFusion Annual Seminar 2024 gathered more than 80 experts to sunny Helsinki

Day 1 in Downtown Helsinki

The first day of the seminar (27 may) was held in the prestigious Main Building of University of Helsinki. Brief opening speeches were given by Juho Korteniemi, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, and Prof. Kai Nordlund, Vice Rector of University of Helsinki, whose research group has given a huge contribution to fusion materials research over the past 30 years and continues to do so.

In his opening speech, Tuomas Tala, Head of Research Unit and Research Professor at VTT, reviewed the milestones and the impressive growth of the Finnish R&D activities in fusion. The FinnFusion Consortium in its present form is now celebrating its 10-year anniversary. But the history of fusion research in Finland reaches already 50 years since the Ministry of Trade and Industry established the “Fusion Project” in autumn 1974 by an initiative of Pekka Jauho, Director General of VTT. The project employed just a couple of scientists, while today, almost 150 professionals are involved in the programme, which has become completely international. Participating organizations’ projects are strongly supported by the European Commission through EUROfusion, Business Finland, and the Research Council of Finland.

The sessions covered the Kumpula Advanced Computing Hub and machine learning; fusion reactor physics, and a selection from the very broad spectrum of fusion-related PhD projects currently ongoing in Finnish universities and VTT. In addition, students presented several posters before the first day was concluded on a seminar dinner.

EUROfusion is supporting Finnish fusion-related PhD education very significantly, and there are currently almost 40 students involved. Seminar presenters and session chair in a group photo.

The second day (28 May) took place on the Kumpula campus. The sessions featured fusion reactor safety, decommissioning, radioactive waste management and foresight, remote maintenance as well as fusion materials, The seminar was concluded with a tour to the UH Accelerator Laboratory.

Programme and presentations

Day 1

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-10:00 Session 1: Opening Words

Chair: Taina Kurki-Suonio

  • 9:30 Juho Korteniemi, TEM: Opening words from the Ministry
  • 9:40 Tuomas Tala, VTT: Opening words from FinnFusion
  • 9:50 Kai Nordlund, UH: Opening words from University of Helsinki

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:30 Session 2: Kumpula Advanced Computing Hub and Machine Learning

Chair: Fredric Granberg

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Session 3: Fusion Reactor Physics

Chair: Antti Hakola

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-18:00 Session 4: FinnFusion Student Research Projects

Chair: Markus Airila

Link to all presentations of the session (expires on 7 December 2024)

  • 15:30 Evgeniia Ponomareva, Aalto: Low-energy light ions electronic energy losses in tungsten
  • 15:40 Faith Kporha, UH: Sputtering simulation of D-decorated tungsten surfaces by different ions
  • 15:50 Dongyi Li, LUT: MPC control of Bionic Caterpillar-like Robot for the Blanket of CFETR remote maintenance
  • 16:00 Andris Freimanis, VTT: Uncertainty in modelling EUROFER97 yield stress
  • 16:10 Tommi Lyytinen, VTT: Neutronics modeling of MCF reactors using Serpent2 code
  • 16:20 Ville Yli-Suutala, ÅA: GPU enabled interatomic potentials in LAMMPS with Kokkos
  • 16:30 Roni Mäenpää, Aalto: Impact of nitrogen molecular breakup on divertor conditions in JET L-mode plasmas using SOLPS-ITER, EDGE2D-EIRENE and ERO2.0
  • 16:40 Bruno Oliveira Cattelan, UH: AI applied to fusion, estimate for defect energies and runaway electrons

17:00-18:00 FinnFusion Student Research Projects in Poster Session


Day 2

9:00-10:00 Session 5: Fusion Reactor Safety, Environment, Licensing and Foresight

Chair: Kai Nordlund

10:00-10:20 Coffee Break

10:20-12:30 Session 6: Remote Maintenance Activities in Finland

Chair: Karoliina Salminen

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Session 7: Fusion Materials Studies in Finland

Chair: Flyura Djurabekova

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-16:30 Tour to UH Accelerator Laboratory