The symposium on Fusion Technology, held in San Sebastián, was attended by scientists and engineers from around the world, particularly from countries that collaborate on the ITER project: the European Union, Japan, Russia, the United States, China and Korea.
The 28th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) came to a close today, with over 1000 delegates having been in attendance. The majority of the participants represented European countries, but there were also significant numbers of attendees from Japan, the United States, China, Russia and Korea. In total, 28 countries participated in the symposium, setting a new record for attendance.
The symposium was organized by the Spanish Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) and received support from local and national institutions, namely the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), the Spanish Association of Science and Industry (INEUSTAR), the CEIT Research Centre in San Sebastián, and the Spanish Technology Platform for Industry and Science (INDUCIENCIA). Over the course of the 5-day event, over 700 technical papers and posters were presented, about 130 of which were by Spanish authors.
One of the highlights of SOFT2014 was the industrial exhibition, which had nearly 50 stands run by companies and technology centres related to the fusion technology sector. Another notable event was the Industrial Infoday meeting, which began with an overview of the status of the ITER project and then shifted to discussions about the opportunities for industrial participation in this ambitious project, whose aim is to demonstrate the feasibility of producing energy through nuclear fusion.