Visit SPIDER and learn how to make a small sun on Earth

Date & time

8–10am 17 April 2019


Ground floor seminar room, Mathematical Sciences Institute, Hanna Neumann Building, 145 Science Road, ANU, Canberra, ACT 2601


Prof Lilia Ferrario, Dr Anna Maria Fioretti, Dr Filippo Lonardo, Dr Vanni Antoni, Dr Piergiorgio Sonato, Dr Vanni Toigo, Gianluigi Serianni, A/Prof Matthew Hole, Dr Richard Garret


 Sarah Wilson

On the occasion of the Italian Research Day, the Embassy of Italy; co-supported by the ANU Energy Change Institute and the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute, invite you to a virtual visit of the SPIDER Laboratory, in Padua, Italy, and presentations highlighting Australian-ITER fusion research.

Inaugurated in Padua on 11 June 2018, SPIDER (Source for the Production of Ions of Deuterium Extracted from a Radiofrequency plasma) is the most powerful negative ion beam source in the world - and a key platform to develop the neutral beam heating sources required for ITER. Neutral beam heating produces the extreme temperature necessary to ignite fusion reactions.

The ITER experiment will reproduce, here on Earth, the fusion energy process that powers the Sun, at temperatures of 150 million°C, about 10 times the temperature of the Sun.

The SPIDER laboratory is open to collaboration with international scientists.

The Italian Research Day is an initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to promote the work of Italian researchers and international scientific collaboration.


6pm: Welcome and introduction to Italian Research Day and establish video conference connection

  • Prof Lilia Ferrario, Associate Director, Mathematical Sciences Institute, ANU
  • Dr Anna Maria Fioretti, Scientific Attache’, Embassy of Italy
  • Dr Filippo Lonardo, Chargé d'affaires, Embassy of Italy

6.15pm: Learn how to make a small sun on Earth

  • Presentation of the new CNR Plasma Science and Technology Institute by Dr Vanni Antoni, Director of the Institute of Ionized Gas
  • Presentation of the Consortium RFX and SPIDER by Dr Piergiorgio Sonato, Director of the Consortium RFX
  • Presentation of "ITER and the Neutral Beam Injector Project" by Dr Vanni Toigo, CNR Consorzio RFX Project Leader
  • Presentation of "The SPIDER experiment" Gianluigi Serianni by CNR Consorzio RFX
  • Australian Fusion Science by A/Prof Matthew Hole, ANU, ECI, Chair of the Australian ITER Forum
  • ANSTO - ITER Relationship and An Australian Coherence Imaging Diagnostic for ITER by Dr Richard Garret ANSTO, Senior Advisor, ANSTO Executive

7.30pm: Q&A

7:45pm: Drinks and nibbles

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