Scope of the Workshop

The 12th Direct Drive and Fast Ignition Workshop continues a series of meetings dedicated to the inertial confinement research in Europe. It provides a unique opportunity for European and overseas scientists working in theory, simulations and experiments related to the inertial confinement fusion for energy production to present and discuss their latest results and future plans in an informal atmosphere. The meeting also addresses prospective methods for producing electron and ion beams and strong shocks with parameters suitable for fast ignition as well as other alternate ignition methods like shock ignition. Novel experiments in the field are also presented by leading experimentalists. Benchmarking of simulation codes against experiments and the use of codes in the design and interpretation of experiments are extensively discussed. Representatives of leading laser user facilities will illustrate the facilities and opportunities for new experiments.

Previous meetings in the series were held annually from 2003, in Paris, Rome, Toledo, Bordeaux, Madrid, Lisbon, Prague, London, Bruyères-le-Châtel, Prague and Rome in 2013. After a break of two years this meeting aims at restoring the annual sequence.

Important dates

  • Registration and abstract submission is open till March 24. 1 page abstract should contain: the names and affiliations of all authors, the name of the speaker, the title and the main text (11 pt Arial). The presentations will be selected by the scientific committee.
  • Visit of the LJM-PETAL facility is planned on Wednesday April 27 at the morning. The visit requests mush be put before the February 24. Because of a limited number of places available, no requests after this date will be accepted.
  • A limited number of travel grants for young researches and PhD students are available. The request must be put to the local organizing committee before March 15. The selected persons will be informed before March 25.
  • Rooms in a hotel TENEO TALENCE near the university campus can be reserved at the registration site on a discount rate before April 5.


  • COST Action MP1208 “Developing the Physics and Scientific Community for Inertial Fusion”
  • Institute of Lasers and Plasmas
  • University of Bordeaux
  • Aquitaine Regional Council
  • EUROfusion Consortium


The meeting will be held in the University of Bordeaux campus in Talence in the proximity of the CELIA laboratory. It is situated in 15 min by public transportation from the downtown of Bordeaux.

The meeting will take place in the hall Badiane in the AGORA building in the domaine of Haut Carre

Agora building


Gala Dinner

The conference Gala Dinner will be at 20h00:

La Belle Epoque restaurant, Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Route :

Form Forum Tramway Station:

Take the Tram B (Bassin à flot Direction) to Quinconce Station

and by 4 min walk along the river you will find the restaurant (see the map)

See you soon

Belle epoque restaurant

Scientific Committee

S. Atzeni, Dip. SBAI, "La Sapienza", Roma, Italy       

D. Batani, CELIA, University of Bordeaux, France     

B. Canaud, CEA/DAM, Bruyeres-de-Chatel, France     

J. Honrubia, ETSI Aeroespacial, UPM, Madrid, Spain 

J. Limpouch, FNSPE, Prague, Czech Republic              

A.P.L. Robinson, RAL, Oxford, United Kingdom            

M. Roth, TUD Darmstadt, Germany                       

V. Tikhonchuk, CELIA, University of Bordeaux, France

Local Organizing Committee

V. Tikhonchuk, CELIA,             +33 540 00 37 64

X. Ribeyre, CELIA,                              +33 540 00 33 66

C. Oum,                                            +33 540 00 37 76

Meeting format

Four oral sessions and two poster sessions are planned on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April. Each session will contain 1-2 invited talks, oral talks and a time dedicated for general discussions.

A visit the LMJ-PETAL facility is planned on Wednesday April 27, 9 - 12 am.

The presentations will be selected by the scientific committee.

The preliminary program will be announced three weeks before the meeting.


Rooms in a hotel near the university campus TENEO APPARTHOTEL TALENCE can be reserved at the registration site on a discount rate.

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