Upcoming events and seminars

We believe in our duty to share knowledge through weekly seminars, regularly workshops and other events. Our weekly seminars at DIFFER (filter the list below for seminars only) cover a wide range of topics and are open to everybody. Please, read more about our seminars and specific information for external visitors at Upcoming seminars.

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March 30th 2020
PhD defense
POSTPONED as a cpnsequence of the COVID-19 measures DIFFER researcher Bram Wolf will defend his PhD thesis titled “Thermal aspects of CO2 conversion in the vortex-stabilized microwave plasma” on 30 March 2020. The defense will take place in the Atlas Building of Eindhoven University of Technology. In the afternoon, a reception will be organized at DIFFER from 15.30 h.
Dr. Michel Claessens
April 2nd 2020
Abstract: ITER: The Giant Fusion Reactor The presentation will be about the first book published on ITER, the ongoing fusion energy megaproject―one of the most ambitious endeavours of our time (ITER: The Giant Fusion Reactor, Springer, 2020). Written by former ITER’s communications director, the book provides for the first time an insider’s view into the world’s largest fusion reactor, which is currently under construction in southern France.  The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at this controversial project, and examines the history, technology, economics and politics... Read more
Prof. dr. ir. J.M.A. (Jacquelien) Scherpen
April 16th 2020
Abstract: In this talk we focus on the various energy grids, their coupling, and the control of the grids while having more and more embedding of renewables, and various storage devices. The two perspectives and the integration thereof that will be treated are the physical layer  and the optimization layer of a grid, where market structures are relevant. A combination of passivity based control techniques, as well as optimization in a combined distributed and hierarchical market structure will be considered.
Prof. Dr. Moniek Tromp
June 11th 2020
An important element in the reduction of CO2 is the change of vehicles with internal combustion engines to electric battery powered vehicles. The as such produced renewable energy can be used for individual mobility as well as for a temporary intermediate storage of excess energy. A viable electric mobility concept requires however stable cycle batteries with high specific energy (minimising weight, maximising driving range).
August 24th 2020
The 14th Carolus Magnus Summer School on Plasma and Fusion Energy Physics will be in Bad Honnef, Germany. Registration for this summer school is now possible until 1 May 2020. An updated programme will be posted on the Summer School website soon. The intended level is for PhD students in fusion research.