Message from the Conference Chairman
Neil Mitchell, Senior Advisor to the ITER Director-General - Magnets
MT-28 will be the second International Magnet Technology Conference with the ITER Organization as lead host organization. This time, we have chosen Aix-en-Provence, France, as the home base for the conference , with a conference centre that is an easy walking distance from the old town. We have high hopes now that we will be able to host a fully in-person conference in this attractive environment of Aix in September 2023, and that progress on re-opening of intercontinental travel by then will allow many of our international colleagues to attend and renew in-person ties. I think the networking activities that are stimulated by such international conferences are their most important function that can only be replaced with great difficulty on line, and we hope that MT-28 will be one of the first opportunities to renew the experience post-Covid.
As well as the conference, we will be offering an opportunity to see the progress on the ITER site. The year 2023 will be an excellent opportunity to see major tokamak components, including all of the ITER magnets in the process of assembly or in their final positions in the cryostat. So please support us when registration opens in 2023.
Message from the Program Chairman
Thierry Schild, ITER Magnet Section Group Leader
The MT-28 program committee is enjoying the preparation of a unique scientific program that will showcase, in a city rich with 2,000 years of history, frontier magnet technologies from all around the world. The conference is hosted in Aix-en-Provence, France, known for its theater, contemporary dance palace and academy of music—cultural hubs that are just a few minutes walk from each other and from the historical centre. As it should be one of the first fully in-person conferences since Covid, special attention will be given to providing as many opportunities for in-person exchange as possible, for example through roundtable discussions, large spaces for poster sessions, and meeting places.
And of course in-person exchanges can extend well beyond the conference hours. Indeed, France and especially the south are known for their many bars and restaurants (more than one thousand in Aix) where MT-28 participants will enjoy great food and conversation-inducing settings.
So please register to meet at MT-28!