Keynote Speakers

Tony Donné

Tony Donne

Mr. Tony Donné is involved in fusion research since 1985. Since June 2014 he is Programme Manager (CEO) of EUROfusion, the consortium coordinating the R&D in the field of fusion science and technology in Europe and which is additionally responsible for the (pre-)conceptual design of the DEMO device. Until June 2014 he worked at the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research; from 2009 – 2014 as Head of the Fusion Research Division. Tony was director of the Dutch-Russian “Centre of Excellence on Fusion Physics and Technology” and programme director of the ITER-NL consortium. He is professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in Diagnostics and Heating of Fusion Plasmas. A substantial part of his scientific career was devoted to the design and use of plasma diagnostics at various fusion devices. He coordinated over 10 years the international activities in the field of diagnostics for ITER.

Title of presentation: The European Roadmap Towards Fusion Electricity

Francesco Comiti

Francesco Comiti

Mr. Francesco Comiti is an associate professor at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – Faculty of Science and Technology (Italy) since 2015, where he teaches rural hydrology and hydraulics, management of mountain rivers and mitigation of natural risks. From 2009 to 2014 he was assistant professor at the same University. Comiti obtained his PhD at the University of Padova (Italy) in 2004 where then he has worked as post-doc fellow, and in 2007 he was Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the Colorado State University. His research interests include sediment transport in mountain rivers, fluvial morphology and river restoration, in-channel wood dynamics, debris flows monitoring, and hydrology of high elevation catchments. He is associated editor for “Water Resources Research” since 2012, member of the Editorial board of “Geomorphology” since 2015, and reviews for several international journals.

Title of presentation: Hydropower Impacts on River Systems: The Hydromorphological Approach

Justus Oldenburg

Justus Oldenburg

Mr. Justus Oldenburg received a Diploma degree in physics from Heidelberg University (Germany) and worked for a start-up company in Durham, England, before he began his career at the Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) in 2009 in Cologne, Germany. GRS is a nonprofit, non-governmental and independent research and expert organization in nuclear safety. In the following years he focused on new reactor designs and respective international developments including improved licensing strategies and prerequisites for nuclear construction projects. He deepened his expertise during a one-year research stay in the Office of New Reactors at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Maryland, USA) in 2011. Mr. Oldenburg also took part in several projects supporting foreign nuclear authorities in licensing issues and provided his experience in international working groups and training courses. In 2016 he changed position within GRS and is now secretary of the technical director of GRS.

Title of presentation: New Reactors: International Developments and Safety Features

Michael LaBelle

Michael LaBelle

Mr. Michael LaBelle is an associate professor and the Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation Strategies at Central European University. He holds a joint appointment between the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and the Department of Economics and Business. His research is centered on energy governance, innovation strategies, and energy justice. The role of state institutions to foster investment is central to understand the role of companies developing new energy technologies. Professor LaBelle’s past research focused on policies and regulations behind Central Europe’s energy systems, including geopolitics of gas and neoliberal market reforms. He has published widely on the attempt to foster a shale gas industry in Eastern Europe. He teaches courses on energy policies and technologies, including sustainability and innovation.

Title of presentation: Trade-offs Between Energy Innovation and Price: State Responsibilities and Energy Justice