Professor Niek Lopez Cardozo gave the opening speech
11 March 2008
Over seven hundred high school students from all over the world got together in New York on 6-7 March for an annual student UNIS (United Nations International School)-UN conference. The conference, whose theme this year was 'Energy, a source of conflict', took place in the General Assembly Hall in the headquarters of the United Nations. Professor Niek Lopes Cardozo, head of the nuclear fusion research at the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen made the opening speech at the conference. He presented a version of the Fusion Road Show, an interactive presentation of issues of energy and fusion which reaches some 2000 Dutch students each year, and then joined the students in the debate.
The conference programme consisted of lectures given by guest speakers and joint debates with the students. This year’s theme, 'Energy, a catalyst for conflict', was developed in the themes of energy dependence, sustainability, energy supply, alternative energy sources, and the impact of energy problems on politics, the environment and society. The programme has been made available on the internet by means of a webcast.
Fusion Road Show
The Fusion Road Show is the brainchild of Professor Niek Lopez Cardozo, head of the nuclear fusion research at the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen and professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He decided to make use of his own acting background (he once appeared on stage and in street performances) in order to engage with the public in discussions of energy problems, scholarship and nuclear fusion.
'This combination of education and entertainment will stimulate young people to consider the future and the role that they will be able to play in shaping it', said Jeroen van der Veer from the Royal Dutch Shell Group when he presented the 2003 Shell Prize for Sustainable Development and Energy to Lopez Cardozo. Since its premiere in 1999, the road show has been performed over 200 times in the Netherlands and abroad. Secondary schools, general public, physics students, politicians, scholars and energy specialists have been among its audiences.
Fusion Road Show (Dutch)