Eight full partners
The Consortium incorporates eight full partners (two of the HEI full partners in Madrid are considered as a single partner w.r.t. management issues).
Full partners P1 – P6 consist of the Erasmus Mundus FUSION-EP partners and representatives of the two existing doctoral networks.
Full partners P7 and P8 are EU research institutes with strong links to the two doctoral networks.
Eleven EU associate partners
Furthermore, 11 EU associate partners are member of the Consortium. All have a solid scientific and research background in the field of fusion science and engineering, and have strong links with the full partners. In addition, as demonstrated by their application forms, they provide diversity in terms of regions in Europe and types of organization, being complementary in terms of education, training and research facilities (broad variety of MCF devices: tokamaks, stellarators, reversed field pinch, linear machines, and involvement of the professional sector. Hence, most of the main EURATOM fusion laboratories are member of FUSION-DC.
The Trilateral Euregio Cluster of Fusion Associates, TEC, is represented in the Consortium through its member institutions (who signed a common LoE). The TEC is composed of fusion institutions from Belgium, the Netherlands and North Rhine Westphalia.
The Belgian TEC partners, i.e. the Laboratory for Plasma Physics (ERM/KMS Brussels) and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK.CEN Mol), are represented in FUSION-DC by Ghent University.
Nine non-EU institutions
Finally, 14 non-EU institutions from ITER member countries (nine of which are also members of the EMCC FUSION-EP) were selected to become associate partners in the Consortium based on the following criteria:
- Outstanding and worldwide recognised institutions and (regional) reference centres for teaching at doctoral level and for undertaking research in fusion in their part of the world and for attracting third- country PhD candidates.
- Established links with EU institutions and with the ITER Organization.
- Showing an active interest and track record of promoting work done within the EHEA (European Higher Education Area) and ERA (European Research Area) (e.g. through FUSION-EP).
- Teaching and research programmes that provide added value for EU students.
- Potential contribution to further development and sustainability of FUSION-DC.