Tony Donné

Prof.dr. A.J.H. Donné
EUROfusion Programme Manager
Boltzmannstr. 2
85748 Garching

Phone: +49 89 3299 4242

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Tony Donné (1956) is Programme Manager of EUROfusion. In this role he is coordinating the research in the field of fusion physics and technology within the 29 European Research Units that comprise the EUROfusion consortium. Amongst other the EUROfusion consortium is responsible for the scientific exploitation of JET as well as that of a number of medium-sized tokamaks (ASDEX-Upgrade, TCV, MAST). Additionally EUROfusion is in charge of the conceptual design of the European DEMO reactor.

Until May 2014 he was Head of the Fusion Physics Division at FOM-DIFFER (The Netherlands). As head of the Research Unit FOM - within the Association Euratom-FOM – he was responsible for the physics research in the field of nuclear fusion in the Netherlands. From July – December 2010 he was interim director of the institute. He is still parttime professor in Diagnostics of Fusion Plasmas at Eindhoven University of Technology.

Tony Donné graduated in physics at Utrecht University in 1980 (cum laude) and obtained his PhD degree at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1985 for work in the field of nuclear physics.

From 1985 until 2014 he worked at the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics (since 1 January 2012 known as Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research), where he started to work as post-doc on the Rutherford scattering diagnostic for the TEXTOR tokamak. In 1986 he became leader of the TORTUR tokamak group and from 1988 till 1998 he was heading the diagnostics division of the Rijnhuizen Tokamak Project.

In 1997 he moved to the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, first as head of the diagnostics group of FOM at TEXTOR and from 2004 as ‘Chef de Mission’ of the FOM-team at TEXTOR. In 2006 he became deputy head, and in 2009 head of the fusion physics department of FOM Rijnhuizen.

Tony Donné has been involved for a long time in diagnostics for ITER. During the ITER Engineering Design Activity (1992 – 1998) he coordinated the European work in the field of microwave and far infrared diagnostics. In 1999 he became chair of the ITER Experts Working Group on Diagnostics and later from 2001 till July 2008 he was chair of the ITPA Topical Group on Diagnostics. From 2008 - 2010 he was chair of the Topical Group on Diagnostics residing under the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA). He was chair of the JET Diagnostic Experts Group in 2004 – 2005, that was responsible for the selection of the diagnostic systems that had to be implemented onto JET during its second Enhancement Phase (EP2). From 2009 – 2014 he was chair of the European Consortium for the development of the ITER LIDAR Thomson scattering system.

Tony Donné established, and from 2009 – 2014 he was director of, the Dutch-Russian Centre-of-Excellence on Fusion Physics and Technology, involving FOM-Rijnhuizen, the Ioffe, Kurchatov, and Triniti institutes as well as the Institute for Applied Physics.

From 2001 - 2010 Tony Donné was member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) of EURATOM, and from 2010 - 2012 he was member of the EFDA Steering Committee. In 2012 and 2013 he was vice-chair of the Consultative Committee for the EURATOM Specific Research and Training Programme in the Field of Nuclear Energy (Fusion) - CCE-FU. He acted in numerous assessment-, monitoring- and visitation committees. From 2012 - 2014 he was member of the Governing Board of Fusion for Energy (F4E).

Tony Donné was from 2006 – 2009 Executive Board member of ITER-NL, a Dutch consortium consisting of four research institutes, i.e. the two Euratom Research Units FOM and NRG, the Applied Physics organisation TNO, and Eindhoven University of Technology. The aim of ITER-NL is to prepare Dutch scientists and industry for participation in ITER. Presently he is member of the ITER-NL Council.

He published about 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 300 conference proceedings.

Additional duties

Tony Donné has fulfilled many additional duties, including

Organizational Experience

Tony Donné has been member of the programme committees of various conferences including (ICPP2006, reflectometry workshop 1999 – 2005, laser-aided plasma diagnostics symposium since 1997, EC-11 workshop - 1999). In particular he acted as: