and Lecture Tour of
From September –October 2009
by Prof Dr Lee Sing & Prof Dr Saw Sor Heoh
in collaboration with the Institute for
Plasma Focus Study (IPFS),
(This article is a photo record of the conference and lecture tour.)
Professor Dr Lee Sing and Professor Dr Saw Sor Heoh were invited by the Turkish Science and Research Foundation to participate in a world-first combined Nuclear and Renewable Energy Conference, to promote discussion and awareness of non-fossil fuels as innovative, sustainable and environmentally friendly energy solutions.
Prof Dr Lee Sing served in the Scientific and Consultative Committees (Photo 1) and gave the first Keynote Address on Fusion Energy and the Plasma Focus while Prof Dr Saw Sor Heoh presented the invited paper Scaling the Plasma Focus for Fusion Energy Consideratons in the afternoon session. The role of nuclear fusion energy was emphasized, as a limitless clean energy, which in the time frame of modern human civilization is nearing implementation, with the unprecedented international scientific and political collaboration in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project. Other smaller nuclear fusion projects also contribute to important databases necessary for the success of harnessing fusion energy; moreover our group has developed an internationally recognized computer code which has provided ground-breaking insights into plasma focus fusion devices.
The Conference was officiated by the Minister of Energy Taner Yildiz and was well-covered by the local media because of the current debate in Turkey on nuclear energy and other energy issues affecting the world and Turkey. (See Photos 1 & 2).
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On the second day of the Conference, Prof Dr Lee Sing and the Conference Organizing Chairman, Prof Dr Mehmet Sahin, were interviewed live on world energy issues by Turkish National TV, TRT Turk for a 30 minute ‘MASA’ programme (Photos 3-5). Prof Lee Sing spoke passionately on nuclear fusion energy as a safe, clean, limitless source of energy that will provide Mankind with all energy needs for millions of years, a role which cannot be undertaken in the long term by any other presently foreseeable sources of energy.
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Following the Conference, Prof Dr Lee Sing and Prof Dr Saw Sor Heoh jointly presented a series of talks under the Special Scientific Programme arranged by the Turkish Science & Research Foundation (TUBAV) to promote the research and awareness of nuclear fusion energy.
The first joint talk was given to scientists, researchers and engineers on October 1 at the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) Saraykoy Nuclear Research Training Center on Latest Trends in Plasma Focus Studies. A meeting with the Director and Department Heads of the Center (Photo 6) was followed by a visit to the Saraykoy Plasma Focus Laboratory where Prof Lee & Prof Saw proposed to the Saraykoy Team steps needed to be taken to upgrade their ODAK-3K focus so that it would perform more efficiently. (Photo 7).
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The second joint talk was given to scientists and top science administrators at the Turkish Science and Research Foundation (TUBAV) on Energy Gain from Thermonuclear Fusion. This was followed by an intense and lively discussion, sometimes in Turkish, on the safety, problems and time scale of the international nuclear fusion research efforts. (Photos 8-10).
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Highlight of the Turkish Scientific Programme Lecture Tour was the conferment by the Turkish Science and Research Foundation (TUBAV) of Honorary Life Membership of Turkish Science and Research Foundation (TUBAV) to Prof Dr Lee Sing and to Prof Dr Saw Sor Heoh; a rare and distinctive honour. (Photos 11-13).
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The third joint talk was given (Photos 14-15) at Gazi University, Technical Education Faculty, on Plasma Focus Fusion Devices. (Photo 16).
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This series of
talks has been successful to generate greater interest in nuclear fusion
energy, and contribute to promote greater understanding and interest in this
area and strengthen collaborations between IPFS, INTI-UC,
NTU/NIE and TUBAV, TAEK and the energy
A visit was also made to
Campus has functional, attractive design of building in steel. The
building won the 2003 European steel building design award. The
A lunch was hosted
by Rector Prof Dr Halil M Guven
followed by a meeting with
Rector Prof Guven also informed that Istanbul Bilgi
University planned to launch a new Energy Engineering programme
and that the proposed innovative programme needed an
advanced topic like Nuclear Fusion Energy to spearhead the programme.
Our Lecture Tour of
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