The 28th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) will bring 900 European scientists to the Kursaal

The 28th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) will bring 900 European scientists to the Kursaal

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In September 2014 the Kursaal will host the 28th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT), an international conference that will bring more than 900 scientists and researchers to San Sebastián. This symposium has been promoted in Spain by the CIEMAT (Centre for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research).

The direct involvement of Enrique Ascasibar (San Sebastián), who spearheaded the Kursaal proposal as a consequence of his position at the National Fusion Laboratory of the CIEMAT, was fundamental in San Sebastián being chosen as the host city. The Guipúzcoa-born scientist pulled out every stop to bring this major conference to his homeland, aware of the economic impact this represents in the territory and the strategic importance of turning San Sebastián into a European venue for scientific and technological events.

CIEMAT’s efforts were backed by the teams of the Kursaal and of San Sebastián Convention Bureau, who worked tirelessly to support the candidacy. It is worth pointing out that San Sebastián was up against major cities such as Budapest and Barcelona.

The SOFT conference, held every two years, takes place over five days, and has previously been held in Porto (2010), Rostock (2008) and Liège (Belgium). The aim of SOFT is the exchange of information on the design of fusion experiments and on the technology of these kinds of machines. The vital component that currently brings together the international fusion programme is construction of the ITER Project, the commissioning of which in 2019 will represent a decisive step towards developing a new source of energy based on fusion reactors.