Plenary Speakers at MT25


Apart from Conference Opening and Closing addresses, there are 15 plenary speakers invited to share their thoughts with the audience.

(1) Monday morning, August 28:

Bernard Bigot (Director General, ITER Organization, Cadarache, France)


“Overall Status of the ITER Project”


The status of construction ITER is presented, in particular the progress on the Tokamak complex, manufacturing of the various magnets with 50 GJ stored energy, vacuum vessel, cryogenics, feeders and other magnet services. The restructuring of the organization in 2015 and 2016, and a positive spirit of mutual collaboration among the partners, are helping us to stay on track for first plasma in December 2025.

(2,3,4,5) Tuesday afternoon, August 29:

Special Session with 4 speakers on the Quest for and Industrial Development of Superconductors for Magnets

Amalia Ballarino (Leader Superconductors and Devices Section, CERN TE Dep., Geneva)


“Development of Superconductors for Future Large Scale Applications”


Challenges and potential of low-temperature (LTS) and high temperature superconductors (HTS) are presented, with close attention to the requirements driven by future high-energy accelerators. Considerations on performance and cost of Nb3Sn and HTS conductors, which could enable their adoption in large-scale applications, are discussed.

Jianwei Liu (Director of superconductor workshop of WST, Western Superconducting Technologies Co., Ltd., Xi'an, China)


“Advanced superconductors developed at WST”


WST has been engaged in LTS and HTS since its foundation. WST has finished 210 t Nb3Sn and NbTi superconducting strands for ITER. Experience of ITER brought great improvement to high-performance LTS as well as HTS for fusion, MRI and accelerators.

Hisaki Sakamoto (HTS Engineering Department, Telecommunications & Energy Labs., R&D Division, Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd., Chiba, Japan)


“Development of Superconductors at Furukawa Electric Group”


Half a century of development activities on superconductors, such as NbTi, bronze-processed Nb3Sn and REBCO, at Furukawa Electric Group will be presented as well as the plans for the future.

Burkhard Prause (President & CEO Bruker EST, Inc.)


“Meeting Divergent Expectations: Superconductors between Industrial Applications & Cutting-Edge Science”


The superconductor industry faces the dual challenges of low-cost mass production and rapid high-performance innovation. How can manufacturers and their customers jointly address these challenges?

(6) Wednesday morning, August 30:

Yoshiyuki Iwata (Department of Accelerator and Medical Physics, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, NIRS, Japan)


“Development of Carbon-Ion Radiotherapy Facilities at NIRS”


An overview of carbon-ion radiotherapy and development of heavy-ion accelerators including a superconducting rotating-gantry as well as a plan for the future will be presented.

(7) Wednesday morning, August 30:

Greg Boebinger (Professor of Physics, Florida State University and University of Florida, Director, U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, USA)


“High Magnetic Field Science and Technology”


Intense magnetic fields provide experimentalists with a particularly versatile thermodynamic parameter that addresses a wide range of modern questions in physics and materials research. However, the generation of intense fields, including the proposed 60T DC magnet and 150T non-destructive pulsed magnet, requires continued development of high-strength materials and high-current-density superconductors. This talk will survey both high magnetic field science and technology.

(8,9,10,11,12,13) Wednesday morning, August 30:

Special Plenary Session with 6 Young Scientists invited, each pitching their research in 5 minutes.

(8) Roland Gyuraki

(KIT, Germany)


“High-speed thermal imaging of quench propagation in HTS tapes using temperature-sensitive fluorescent films”

(11) Yingzhen Liu

(KIT, Germany)


“Superconducting DC direct-drive wind generators'”

(9) Yoshinori Yanagisawa

(RIKEN, Japan)


“1.3 GHz (30.5 T)-class super-high field NMR in a persistent current operation using HTS inner coils”

(12) Charlie Sanabria



“A new understanding of the heat treatment of Nb3Sn superconducting wires”

(10) Nikolay Bykovsky

(EPFL, Switzerland)


“HTS high current cable for fusion application”

(13) Jeroen van Nugteren

(CERN, Geneva)


“Into the future with high temperature superconductors”

(14) Thursday afternoon, August 31:

Jürgen Kellers, for the EcoSwing Collaboration (ECO 5 GmBH, Bonn, Germany)


“Development of a Superconductive Wind Power Generator within the EcoSwing Project”


The EU-funded EcoSwing project aims at demonstrating world’s first superconducting low-cost and lightweight wind turbine drivetrain on a large-scale wind turbine. This prototype generator is planned to operate in the second half of 2017. The main design considerations for the synchronous generator are explained. Further, the focus is on the superconducting coils made of 2G superconductor and the cryogenic infrastructure.

(15) Thursday afternoon, August 31:

Luca Bottura (Leader Accelerator Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats Group, CERN, TE Department, Geneva)


“High Field Accelerator Magnets: a Path to New Physics”


A review of main motivation, status and plans for high-field accelerator magnets construction and development.