Invited speakers



Matthew Carr,  Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon, UK
Synthetic divertor diagnostics for integrated data analysis with ray-tracing

Matthew Carr is a spectroscopy fusion physicist at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. Matthew did his PhD at the University of Sydney on a novel Langmuir probe measurement technique for the Polywell fusion device. For two years he was the lead project scientist developing the JNG-2 neutron generator at Jiddtek, Australia. At CCFE, his main research interests include: active beam spectroscopy; integrated diagnostic techniques; physically based ray-tracing; Bayesian fitting techniques; advanced divertor concepts; and optical plasma diagnostics.


David Dickinson, University of York, York, UK
Microinstabilities near the edge of tokamak plasmas

Dr. David Dickinson is a lecturer in the Department of Physics at University of York, where he a member of the York Plasma Institute. His research interests are focused on computational and theoretical studies of small scale plasma instabilities and associated turbulence with application to the "pedestal" region in tokamaks. Prior to his current position he held both a EUROFusion fellowship and the CCFE Fusion Research fellowship.


Jonathan Eastwood,  Imperial College London, London, UK
Global simulations of the solar wind magnetosphere interaction

Dr. Jonathan Eastwood is a lecturer in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London, where he a member of the Space and Atmospheric Physics group. His research interests include experimental observations of collisionless magnetic reconnection in space, computer modelling of the solar wind – magnetosphere interaction, and development of satellite instrumentation for space weather and space plasma physics missions. Prior to his current role, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and was a research physicist at UC Berkeley, before holding an STFC Advanced Fellowship at Imperial. He was a recipient of the 2012 COSPAR Zeldovich medal.


Mohammad Hasan,  University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Generation and transport of reactive species in surface barrier discharge


Bernhard Hidding, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Plasma-driven space radiation replication and radiation hardness assurance

Prof. Hidding works the field of plasma-based particle and radiation sources at the Scottish Centre for the Application of plasma-based Accelerators (SCAPA) at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is a member of the Cockcroft Institute Management Committee, the Strathclyde Space Institute, and Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training on Plasma-based Particle and Light Sources (P-PALS). Community services include membership on the STFC Accelerator Strategy Board, where he is theme leader for “Advanced Acceleration”, and the UK Plasma Wakefield Accelerator Steering Committee (PWASC). He has been PI of the E210 Trojan Horse collaboration at SLAC, and for ESA on the GSP activity “Laser-Plasma-Accelerator's Potential to Radically Transform Space Radiation Testing”. 


Mark Koepke,  West Virginia University, West Virginia, United States
New Frontier Science Experiments Campaign on DIII-D Tokamak launched in 2017

Prof Koepke works in the areas of basic plasma physics, space-related lab experiments, periodic nonlinear phenomena, and plasma diagnostic techniques. Previous positions at NASA-Goddard, LLNL, and U. Washington preceded his launching of the plasma physics program at WVU in 1987. He held visiting appointments at U. Kiel, U. Greifswald, and U. Innsbruck, held Affiliated Professor status at KTH-Stockholm (2007-2010), and has Visiting Professor status at U. Strathclyde, UK (2012-2020). He represented the U.S. on IUPAP from 2005-2011 and from 2010-2011 he served as Acting Director of the DOE’s Office of Fusion Energy Sciences Research Division. He is a Fellow of the APS and IOP and is U.S. Deputy Editor of the journal PPCF. 


Kate Lancaster, University of York, York, UK
Guiding laser-produced fast electrons using large magnetic fields


Norman J Maitland, University of York, York, UK (Public Outreach Lecture)
It’s a matter of life and death for human cancers: When Plasma Physics meets Systems Biology

Professor Norman J Maitland graduated with First Class Honours in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow, and holds a PhD in Cancer Studies from the University of Birmingham.  Part of his Postgraduate research was carried out as a Robertson Research Fellow in Cold Spring Harbor laboratory (NY, USA) where he pioneered the introduction of DNA into mammalian cells to correct genetic defects.  After postdoctoral research in Genetics at the University of Edinburgh, he was appointed as the first UK Lecturer in Molecular Pathology at the University of Bristol in 1983, to apply basic molecular biology in the diagnosis and treatment of clinical problems, including childhood, cervical and oral cancers.  In 1987 he carried out his first experiments to detect mutations in human prostate tissues.  He remained in Bristol until 1991, until appointment to his current post as Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of York, where he is also Director of the Cancer Research Unit and holds a Chair in the Hull-York Medical School.

His current research is focused on studies of gene expression control in prostate, therapy for human prostate cancer, and the analysis of tissue stem cells from prostate in vivo and in vitro, which resulted in the isolation, characterization and translational exploitation of tumour initiating cells (or cancer stem cells) from human prostate cancers in 2005.

Prof Maitland sits on the advisory boards of a number of cancer charities, and acts as a key opinion leader to the Pharmaceutical industry for prostate cancer. He is past chair of the British Prostate Group, The European Society for Urological Research and has coordinated a number of pan-European Teams in Prostate Cancer Research.  In 2009, Prof Maitland was awarded the Chopin Award by the EAU for excellence in translational research.  As a commercial outlet for discoveries, knowledge and products from the Cancer Research Unit, he founded Pro-Cure Therapeutics Ltd., and works with the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to develop new treatments for prostate cancer.


Jena Meinecke, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Investigating the origins of magnetic fields using the National Ignition Facility

Dr. Jena Meinecke is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Christ Church College at the University of Oxford.  She is currently conducting large laser experiments at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, to answer the fundamental question: "What is the origin of magnetic fields in the universe?"  High-energy lasers can be used to recreate astrophysical conditions in the laboratory such as supernovas that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. In particular, Meinecke is generating high Prandtl number plasma environments commonly found in galaxies and galaxy clusters where turbulent dynamo reigns and large magnetic fields can replicate both macro and micro physics.


Deborah O’Connell, University of York, York, UK (Public Outreach Lecture)
It’s a matter of life and death for human cancers: When Plasma Physics meets Systems Biology

Dr Deborah O’Connell is a Reader at the University of York (UoY). She has previously held an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship at the UoY and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Prior to that she was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at QUB. She also held positions at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany and received her PhD from Dublin City University, Ireland in 2004. Deborah O’Connell leads a research group on plasma medicine and healthcare applications, including exploitation of plasma-generated radicals, at the York Plasma Institute in the Department of Physics at the UoY. She has published over 70 publications in peer-reviewed international journals. Her research group has been funded through national and European research councils, trusts and industries. Deborah is a regular invited speaker at numerous international conferences each year. She was recipient of the ‘Noah Hershkowitz Early Career Award 2013’. She chairs and sits on several international committees, and is currently Chair of the Plasma Science and Technique Division of the International Union of Vacuum Science and Technology (IUVSTA), Chair of the AVS Plasma Biology, Agriculture and Environment Focus Topic, on the Board of Directors of the International Plasma Chemistry Society and international committee of the International Workshop on Plasma for Cancer Treatment (IWPCT), among others. She is also an Associate Editor for Journal Vacuum Science and Technology (JVST) A & JVST B (AIP Publications) and IEEE Transactions in Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences (IEEE Publishing), and sits on the editorial board of Scientific Reports (Nature Publications) and Plasma Medicine (Begell House Publishing).


Clare Scullion, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Culham Thesis Prize winner)
Investigations of ion acceleration from solid targets driven by ultrashort laser pulses

Dr Clare Scullion recently graduated with a PhD from the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast. Her thesis (“Investigations of ion acceleration from solid targets driven by ultrashort laser pulses”) research was carried out in the framework of a large programme, A-SAIL, and includes experimental work carried out at TARANIS (QUB, UK), GEMINI and VULCAN (RAL, UK), PULSER (GIST, Korea), J-KAREN (JAERI, Japan) and LNS INFN (Italy). She has been recognised with 4 poster prizes and several travel studentships. She was awarded Queen’s University Belfast Student of the Year 2014 and is a strong advocate for increasing participation in STEM subjects, especially women in science.


Miles Turner, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Nitrogen fixation as a plasma application


Mark Yeung, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Tailoring intense laser fields for the generation of bright XUV pulses from plasmas

Dr Mark Yeung is a lecturer at the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast and part of the Centre for Plasma Physics research cluster.  Previously, he worked for 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Helmholtz Institute in Jena, Germany, where, using experiments on high power lasers as well as numerical simulations, he investigated methods of controlling intense, femtosecond-scale, laser-plasma interactions by modifying the structure of the incident laser's waveform.  His current primary research interests are the generation of secondary radiation sources from these interactions, particularly the generation of coherent extreme-ultraviolet beams. 


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline [EXTENDED]:
    26 January 2018
  • Early registration deadline:
    28 February 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    26 March 2018

Latest news

  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, the conference has moved to the Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB. There will no longer be any conference related activities taking place in the South Dining Hall or Larmor Lecture Theatre. (updated 03.04.2018)

  • Tickets are now available for the Public Outreach Lecture. (updated 04.04.2018)