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PLASMAScience combines the strengths of 7 IP Paris laboratories

In August 2019, the 2nd wave of the call for projects "University Research Schools" of the Future Investment Programme (PIA3) awarded to our PLASMA_ST project a 4 millions euros over 10 years grant. This project is carried out by 7 IP Paris laboratories (CMAP, CPHT, LOA, LPICM, LPP, LSI, LULI). Of the 81 projects presented on a wide range of topics (archaeology, engineering, chemistry, sports, etc.) only 24 were selected by an international jury, including 4 IP Paris projects.

The state programme PIA3 aims to support the creation of the University Research Schools (in French Ecole Universitaire de recherche, EUR), inspired by the Anglo-Saxon model of graduate schools, which will "bring together master’s and doctoral studies as well as one or more high-level research laboratories". Selected projects receive a 10-year grant. The aim is to enable the laureates to "strengthen the international impact and attractiveness of their research and scientific training".

The project team demonstrated the importance of plasma research, showing increasingly promising prospects for the industry and the need to combine the high-level research of 7 laboratories with the attractive trainings of IP Paris students. The jury highlighted the quality of the project both at the scientific and pedagogical level as well as its strong international dimension. The jury conclusion is that the EUR has all the assets to become one of the major players internationally in the training and research in plasma physics.

PLASMAScience is launched

The PLASMAScience was officially launched in November 2020, its 3 major areas of research are :

  • The topic « Plasmas and Energy » focus on key plasma processes related to energy loss in large international facilities dedicated to thermonuclear fusion and explores tracks in nanotechnology for solar energy ;
  • The topic « Plasmas and Space » is focused on space plasmas and more specifically on the energy conversion and dissipation at different plasma scales. It also includes plasma propulsion for new generations of "all-electric" satellites ;
  • The topic « Plasmas and Society » explores laser-produced plasmas and cold plasmas and develops applications in a wide range of fields ranging from medicine (medical imaging, therapy, etc.), to nanotechnology, aeronautics, environment and agriculture.

In January 2021 the EUR decided to adopt the name PLASMAScience.

PLASMAScience’s mission is to provide support to teaching in plasma physics and develop research initiatives : to bundle plasma activities, to attract the brightest French and foreign students in Doctoral, Master’s, internships and to promote research at the international level.

To achieve this, PLASMAScience will carry out the following actions :

- Develop innovative teaching in Master programs and PhDs ;
- Strengthen the link between training and research by combining teaching and researchers’ expertise ;
- Build a network of international partners ;
- Communicate on plasma science and enhance research in this area.

Dominique Fontaine "We are very happy and very proud that our project has been selected. This grant will enable us to strengthen teachings, develop our research projects, promote and enhance plasma physics in general. We will be able to recruit more talent, provide more scholarships to excellent students, and create awareness events for students. So many projects that are near and dear to our hearts !", explains Dominique Fontaine, Head of the PLASMAScience.


The governance of the PLASMAScience is led by the newly established Council representing the PLASMAScience’s ecosystem : training and research, including all plasma physics specialties. This first Council is expected to evolve and can be renewed regulary. The Council will meet to establish strategic guidelines and to take decisions on : 1/2 Doctoral or Post-Doctoral grants, Masters scholarships, internship fellowships, calls for devices for experimental and digital courses, trainings and events.

The project is coordinated by Dominique Fontaine, Head of the PLASMAScience. Tatiana Juresic, project manager recruited on January, 1st, 2021, will work closely with Dominique Fontaine and the Council.

The members of the Council are :

  1. Patrick AUDEBERT,
  2. Séréna BASTIANI, Representative of Master GI,
  3. Silke BIERMANN, Representative of the Physics departments of the X and of the IP Paris,
  5. Anne BOURDON, Deputy Head of the PLASMAScience,
  6. Jérôme FAURE, Representative of PhD track, Master PPF,
  7. Dominique FONTAINE, Head of the PLASMAScience,
  8. Erik JOHNSON,
  9. Catherine KRAFFT, Representative of Master PPF,
  10. Sébastien LE PAPE,
  11. Marc MASSOT,
  12. Timothée NICOLAS,
  13. Michèle RAYNAUD – BRUN,
  14. Laurence REZEAU, Representative of the Research Federation in Plasma PLAS@PAR,
  15. Stéphane SEBBAN.

For additional information or questions, please contact Tatiana Juresic : tatiana.juresic

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