13th April 2021 An international workshop on the Final Design Review (FDR) of the new COMPASS-U tokamak assembly was held on April 13 to 16, 2021. More than 60 scientists, engineers and technicians from the Czech Republic, Europe, and the USA attended the workshop in the form of a videoconferencing remote connection.
30th November 2020 EMTRAIC (Erasmus Mundus TRAIning Course) starts at COMPASS tokamak. This year EMTRAIC 2020 is held remotely due to the worldwide travel restrictions.
26th November 2020 An international workshop on the Conceptual Design Review of the Plasma-facing components of the COMPASS-U tokamak starts at IPP.
19th November 2020 The International Board of Advisors (IBA). This year IBA is held remotely due to the worldwide travel restrictions.
31st March 2020 An international workshop on the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the new COMPASS-U tokamak starts at IPP.
2nd December 2019 EMTRAIC (Erasmus Mundus TRAIning Course) - practical training for students of the Erasmus Mundus Programme (European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion) - starts at COMPASS tokamak. EMTRAIC 2019 is attended by 6 students from 4 countries divided into groups by topics. Each group is supervised by 1 or 2 experts from the COMPASS staff. The training wil be concluded by the workshop, where the students will present achieved results. The topics are strongly related to the current research programme of the COMPASS Tokamak.
11th November 2019 The International Board of Advisors (IBA).
26th August 2019 Summer Training Course 2019 (SUMTRAIC 2019) starts at the COMPASS Tokamak.
6th February 2019 The Final Design Review (FDR) of the Power Supply System for the new COMPASS-U tokamak starts in IPP.
3rd December 2018 EMTRAIC (Erasmus Mundus TRAIning Course) - practical training for students of the Erasmus Mundus Programme (European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion) - starts at COMPASS tokamak. EMTRAIC 2018 is attended by 7 students from 6 countries divided into groups by topics. Each group is supervised by 1 or 2 experts from the COMPASS staff. The training wil be concluded by the workshop, where the students will present achieved results. The topics are strongly related to the current research programme of the COMPASS Tokamak.
29th November 2018 The International Board of Advisors (IBA).
23rd October 2018 COMPASS-U Conceptual Design Review starts at IPP.
27th August 2018 Summer Training Course 2018 (SUMTRAIC 2018) starts at the COMPASS Tokamak.
9th July 2018 Workshop on Electric Fields, Turbulence and Self-Organisation in Magnetized Plasmas starts at IPP.
2nd July 2018 EPS Conference on Plasma Physics 2018 starts at the Žofín Palace in Prague.
28th June 2018 6th Runaway Electron Meeting starts in Prague.
14th May 2018 FuseCOM Annual Meeting 2018 starts in Prague.
16th January 2018 EUROfusion IT Group meeting starts at IPP.
13th December 2017 The Progress on the ITER Project and ITER Diagnostics Meeting starts today at IPP.
4th December 2017 EMTRAIC (Erasmus Mundus TRAIning Course) - practical training for students of the Erasmus Mundus Programme (European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion) - starts at COMPASS tokamak.
21st November 2017 The 9th COMPASS Programmatic Conference starts in the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague. The conference was traditionally combined with the meeting of the International Board of Advisors (IBA).
8th November 2017 The Industry Day of IPP starts in Prague.
24th September 2017 The 18th Laser Aided Plasma Diagnostics (LAPD) starts in Prague.
28th August 2017 The traditional SUMTRAIC (SUMmer TRAIning Course) starts at COMPASS tokamak. In two weeks, participants from multiple countries obtain basic working experience in the fusion research, including preparation of the experimental campaign, operation of the tokamak, data analyses and presentation of results. SUMTRAIC 2017 is attending by 16 students divided into groups by topics. Each group was supervised by 1 - 2 experts from the COMPASS staff.
8th June 2017 The Science Fair 2017 starts at PVA EXPO Letňany in Prague.
5th June 2017 The 5th Runaway Electron Meeting starts in the Chateau Liblice.
10th May 2017 The EUROfusion Liquid Metal Strategy Meeting starts at IPP.
20th March 2017 The JOREK General Meeting 2017 starts in IPP
9th February 2017 The seminar on Bayesian probability and its applications in plasma physics was held in IPP
16th January 2017 Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) International Organizing Committee begins in Prague
5th December 2016
EMTRAIC (Erasmus Mundus TRAIning Course) - practical training for students of the Erasmus Mundus Programme
(European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion) - starts at COMPASS tokamak.
21st September 2016 The 8th COMPASS Programmatic Conference starts in the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague. The conference was traditionally combined with the meeting of the International Board of Advisors (IBA).
8th September 2016 New arrays of ball-pen and Langmuir probes were installed to the divertor of the COMPASS Tokamak.
5th September 2016
Director General of the ITER Organization Prof. Bernard Bigot in the Hyde Park Civilization directly from the COMPASS Tokamak. You can see more here
5th September 2016 The 29th edition of the Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT 2016) starts in Prague, from the 5th to 9th of September 2016 in the Prague Congress Centre.
13th June 2016 The two-week Code Camp - a regular meeting focused on Integrated Tokamak Modelling - starts in Prague, hosted by the Institute of Plasma Physics.
30th May 2016
The Otto Wichterle Award 2016 - The President of the Cezch Academy of Sciences, prof. Jiri Drahos awarded twenty young scientists who have successfully fulfilled an important scientific task. Among awarded scintists was also Dr. Michael Komm from the COMPASS tokamak. More information here
7th December 2015
EMTRAIC (Erasmus Mundus TRAIning Course) - practical training for students of the Erasmus Mundus Programme
(European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion) - starts at COMPASS tokamak.
12th October 2015 The Institute of Plasma Physicsof hosts the 22th IAEA Technical Meeting on Research Using Small Fusion Devices.
24th September 2015 The 7th COMPASS Programmatic Conference starts in the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague. The conference was traditionally combined with the meeting of the International Board of Advisors (IBA). The opening ceremony was attended by the President of the Academy of Sciences Prof. Jiri Drahos.
14th April 2015 His Excellency Mr. Jean-Pierre Asvazadourian, the French Ambassador in the Czech Republic, visited tokamak COMPASS.
31st March 2015 The Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Mr. Pavel Šolc visited the COMPASS tokamak with prof. Jiří Čtyroký, the Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
30th March 2015
Ghent University, the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague signed the Frame agreement on double-degrees for students of the Erasmus Mundus Fusion DC
. The first PhD student who shall be working under this Frame agreement is Milos Vlainic from Serbia, who focuses on Runaway electron studies at COMPASS tokamak.
23rd March 2015 The Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague started its international workshop on „Advances in materials development for fusion device“.
18th March 2015
The European Fusion Education Network FUSENET
decides that the next PhD event shall be hosted at the Czech Technical University in Prague from 15th
November 2015. The Institute of Plasma Physics - in particular, our PhD students - will help in organising this event. It was also decided that the 2016 PhD event shall be organised by ITER.
16th March 2015 The two-week Code Camp - a regular meeting focused on Integrated Tokamak Modelling - starts in Prague, hosted by the Institute of Plasma Physics.
10th March 2015 The Institute of Plasma Physics signs the „Memorandum of understanding with ITER“. At present, our collaboration with ITER focuses on the plasma-wall interaction, RMP (Resonant magnetic perturbations) and Thomson scattering diagnostic.
8th December 2014
The winter course EMTRAIC begins at the COMPASS tokamak. This course is similar to the SUMTRAIC summer training course, however, it is organised for the students of the Erasmus Mundus Fusion Master
24th November 2014 The joint IAEA experimental week starts at the COMPASS tokamak.
13th November 2014 At COMPASS tokamak, a record lenght of the discharge (960 ms in discharge number 8682) was achieved in the experiments with high contribution of the Runaway Electrons to the plasma current.
20th October 2014
The Institute of plasma physics hosts ITPA (International Tokamak Physics Activity) Meeting on Divertor
& SOL (Scrape-off layer
8th October 2014
The Institute of plasma physics hosts the regular meeting of the initiative Czech Industry for ITER
3rd October 2014
Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) in 2016 will happen in Prague, as was announced at conclusion of the 28th SOFT in San Sebastian, Spain. The Symposium shall be organised by the Institute of Plasma Physics and the Research Centre Rez. For details please see the webpage http://www.soft2016.eu/
25th August 2014 The team of the COMPASS tokamak organises the traditional two-week summer school SUMTRAIC. The school is focused on practical training in tokamak operation, including the preparation of the experiments, its analyses and presentation of the results. Sixteen students from 11 countries (including Brasil) participate in this year edition.
18th July 2014 Website of the 6th COMPASS Programmatic Conference has been launched today. The conference will take place in Prague on 11-12 September 2014.
7th May 2014
The COMPASS tokamak performed the first successful experiment with the RMP
coils (discharge number 7209).
15th April 2014 The ITPA (International Tokamak Physics Activity) Pedestal & Edge Physics Meeting starts in the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague.
9th December 2013
EMTRAIC (Erasmus Mundus TRAIning Course) - practical training for students of the EM Erasmus Mundus
(European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion) programme - starts at COMPASS tokamak.
11th November 2013
The IAEA joint experiments on tokamaks COMPASS and GOLEM take place this week in Prague under the auspices of IAEA
and with participation of 20 scientists from 12 countries.
25th July 2013 Website of the 5th COMPASS Programmatic Conference has been launched today. The conference will take place in Prague on 12-13 September 2013.
20th March 2013 A TV news item
on successful achievement of the H-mode in the COMPASS tokamak was broadcast in the evening News programme "Události" of the main Czech public TV channel CT1. The information was linked to the press conference, which the Institute of Plasma Physics organised on 13th
March. Even before the press conference, the COMPASS H-mode was reported e.g on the EFDA webpage
and in the ITER Newsline
, see also the news item dated 29th
29th November 2012 The COMPASS tokamak achieved the H-mode.
For the first time since the facility had been reinstalled in Prague, the high confinement mode of operation (known as the H-mode) was observed. In the H-mode, plasma confinement improves approximately by a factor of two due to the formation of a transport barrier at the plasma edge. At COMPASS, the H-mode was first observed while plasma was heated by a neutral beam injection. In subsequent experiments the so-called Ohmic H-mode (with no beam heating) was achieved as well. The result confirmed the foreseen capability of the COMPASS tokamak to operate in this mode. This is a key milestone with respect to the scientific programme of the COMPASS team, because the H-mode today defines the standard operating regime of large fusion experiments, including ITER
3rd November 2012 In the framework of the open days, approximately 300 high-school students visited the COMPASS tokamak on November 2nd. Today, on Saturday November 3rd approximately one hundred individual visitors from general public participated in guided tours to the facility.
17th September 2012
The programmatic conference of the COMPASS tokamak starts in the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague. The conference is traditionally combined with the meeting of the International Board of Advisors (IBA) of our Association EURATOM-IPP.CR
. The recommendations and ideas stemming from the meeting shall serve as an input to the meeting of the Association's Steering Committee (SC), which is scheduled at the beginning of October.
10th September 2012 The IAEA joint experiments on tokamaks COMPASS and GOLEM take place this week in Prague under the auspices of IAEA and with participation of several countries.
8th September 2012
The Czech public TV newschannel CT24 broadcasts an open discussion on the future of nuclear energy Hyde Park Civilizace
with Dr D Drabova, chairperson of the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety. Starting from the 36th minute a spot from the COMPASS tokamak is shown and Dr. R. Panek, Head of the tokamak replies a couple of questions live from our institute.
27th August 2012 The traditional SUMTRAIC (SUMmer TRAIning Course) starts at COMPASS tokamak. In two weeks, participants from multiple countries obtain basic working experience in the fusion research, including preparation of the experimental campaign, operation of the tokamak, data analyses and presentation of results.
1st June 2012 The COMPASS tokamak as a large research infrastructure of European significance obtained financial support from the Czech Ministery of Education. The support is for operation and basic human resources (COMPASS-RI, project LM2011021).
17th May 2012 The COMPASS tokamak repeatedly achieved stabilised elongated plasma with the X-point i.e. in the divertor regime.
23rd February 2012 First experiments with plasma shaping on tokamak COMPASS after its reinstallation in Prague and previous technical and experimental campaigns with circular plasma cross-section. In the current experiments, plasma cross-section has successfully achieved the D-shape, corresponding to the cross-section of the COMPASS vacuum chamber.
22nd December 2011 Plasma discharge of the COMPASS tokamak was for the first time combined with the injection of the neutral beam (40 keV, >200 kW).
22nd August 2011
The 9th international SUMmer TRAIining Course SUMTRAIC
starts. The main task of participants in this fortnight summer school is to participate in the COMPASS tokamak operations.
14th July 2011 Website of the 3rd COMPASS Programmatic Conference is launched today. The conference will take place in Prague on 17-18 October 2011.
24th June 2011 The first tests of Thomson scattering diagnostic system have been performed on Friday June 24th during several plasma discharges. Since November 2011, Thomson scattering system is used for measurements of electron temperature and density profiles in the central plasma region, including measurements of their time evolution.
23rd June 2011 British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the COMPASS tokamak.
25th March 2011 Mr. Jan Březina MEP visited the COMPASS tokamak.
28th February 2011
The 9th Summer Training Course SUMTRAIC will take place at the COMPASS tokamak in Prague from August, 22nd
till September, 2nd
2011, for details see the SUMTRAIC webpage
. This experimental school is hold jointly by the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Association EURATOM/IPP.CR, the KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RMKI) and the Association EURATOM/HAS.
23rd December 2010 The two assebled neutral beams for plasma heating were successfully commisioned in the Institute of Plasma Physics (see the news item below).
10th November 2010
Two trucks from the distant Novosibirsk Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics
arrived at our Institute to unload many boxes with components of two neutral beam injectors. The injectors will serve as plasma heating sources for the COMPASS tokamak
. Siberian experts are expected to arrive and start assembly of the beam injectors next week.
16th September 2010 Today and tomorrow the COMPASS Programmatic Conference takes place in our institute. On this occassion the International Board of Advisors of the Association EURATOM-IPP.CR have a meeting. More than 20 foreign experts participate in the conference.
3rd September 2010
Students concluded the traditional International Summer Training Course SUMTRAIC
on COMPASS by presentation of their experimental results. 14 students from 7 countries participated in the two weeks of training of tokamak operation.
25th May 2010
A website with information on the Summer Training Course SUMTRAIC
was launched. The event will take place on the COMPASS tokamak in collaboration with our Hungarian colleagues. It is a traditional summer school focused in particular on development of practical skills in tokamak operation, data analyses and presentation of results. The school is also advertised on the website of the FUSENET
3rd March 2010 Website of the 2nd COMPASS Programmatic Conference - to take place in Prague on September 16-17 this year - was launched. See also the news item from the 2nd April 2009.
9th August 2009 Tokamak GOLEM
(the former tokamak CASTOR of the IPP Prague, see the news item from 26th
October 2007) had the first successful plasma break-down in its new place in Brehova street (Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering)
7th May 2009
Today and tomorrow the Prague Congress Centre hosts a major EU conference "Research Connection"
. In the framework of this conference, fusion research is represented four times (i) by an exhibition Fusion Expo (ii) in a panel discussion "Industrial opportunities in the new era of nuclear research" (iii) in a press briefing of the tokamak COMPASS (iv) in the Forum 13 "ITER - Opportunities for industry in fusion technology".
2nd April 2009 At 9 am today, the first international COMPASS programmatic conference started in the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague. Yesterday, i.e. exactly one year after the COMPASS inauguration in Prague, the International advisory board of the Association EURATOM/IPP.CR had its annual meeting.
24th March 2009
The Institute of Plasma Physics hosts the EFDA
Steering committee. Tomorrow at 9:30 the EFDA Leader Dr. Jérôme Paméla will present an invited talk in the main seminar room of the Institute.
19th February 2009 Today, the official start of operation of tokamak COMPASS took place in IPP Prague. On this occasion, 100 kA plasma electric current has been experimentally achieved. This event was attended by the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences, VIP guests from EURATOM, media and via video-conference also by the British team from Culham Science Centre, the birthplace of COMPASS.
9th December 2008 In the framework of technical tests, tokamak COMPASS "broke down" the first high-temperature plasma discharge after its re-installation in Prague.
17th June 2008
A new website "Czech Industry for ITER"
was launched in order to inform Czech companies, research organisation and expert public on the possibilities to participate in the ITER construction. The webpage also presents - in both Czech and English versions - the Czech companies which declared interest in a possible collaboration in production of ITER components.
27th May 2008 Thermonuclear fusion was presented twice in the Millenium series of the Czech news TV Channel: On 22nd May the subject of the debate was ITER (with Michel Chatelier, director of fusion research in CEA Cadarache as the special guest) while on 26th May the main focus was on the fusion research in the Czech republic.
1st April 2008
Tokamak COMPASS was inaugurated in the Institute of Plasma Physics. Among the VIP guests of the celebration were, among others, the Minister of Industry Mr. Martin Říman, Her Excellence Linda Duffield Ambassador of UK in the Czech Repulic, the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences prof. Václav Pačes, the EURATOM director Mr. Octavio Quintana Triaz, the UKAEA director Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, Mr. Vladimír Remek MEP, rector of the Czech Technical University prof. Václav Havlíček, Chairman of the Advisory Board Mr Hardo Bruhns and others. More information (in Czech) including pictures can be found e.g. on the news server Aktualně.cz
18th December 2007 Historic date for the Czech tokamaks: While in the morning tokamak CASTOR left its place after 30 years to move to the Czech Technical University, in the afternoon in a brand new building adjoint to the old one, tokamak COMPASS was set into its new position.
26th October 2007 The last commemorative plasma discharge on the tokamak CASTOR in the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague. It worked hard until yesterday, when students from the Czech Technical University measured data for their practical work. Tomorrow, dismantling must start with a rather tight schedule.
20th October 2007
A special truck loaded with tokamak COMPASS arrived to its destination, the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague (see photos on the Czech news server Aktuálně.cz
17th September 2007
Tokamak COMPASS was lifted from its original position in the Culham Science centre. Due to a long lever required, a rather impressive crane with 500 tons load capacity was called. The tokamak itself weighted about 23 tons, quite at the limit of the possible load. See pictures on the news server Aktuálně.cz
. Tokamak COMPASS was then stored for a month in the Assembly Hall of the JET