IPP scientist elected as member of Academia Europaea
Professor Dr. Ursel Fantz elected to the European scientific society
October 04, 2018
In recognition of her outstanding research achievements the Academia Europaea has appointed Professor Dr. Ursel Fantz, head of the "ITER Technology and Diagnostics" division at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) at Garching, as a member of the "Physics and Engineering Sciences" section.
The Academia Europaea, domiciled in London, was founded in 1988. The present membership of some 4,000 from all over Europe treat the entire spectrum of academic disciplines, ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and engineering sciences. The aim of the Academy is to promote European research, advise governments and international organisations in scientific matters, and further interdisciplinary and international research. The Academy is also concerned with improving public awareness of the importance of knowledge and education. Potential members are proposed by an expert commission and their election is ratified by the Board of the Academy.
After studying physics, Ursel Fantz gained her doctorate at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. In 1995, she moved to the University of Augsburg and habilitated in the field of experimental physics in 2002. Two years later, Ursel Fantz joined IPP. In 2008 she was awarded a professorship at the University of Augsburg, while starting as leader of the Experimental Plasma Physics working group. Since 2010, she has been acting head of the “ITER Technology and Diagnostics” division at the IPP. The research conducted at IPP is concerned with investigating the physical basis of a fusion power plant, which, like the sun, is to generate energy from fusion of atomic nuclei.