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Plenary Speakers

Johannes Bertsch

Project Head Nuclear Fuels, Laboratory for Nuclear Materials, Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Switzerland

Johannes Bertsch studied Physics in Karlsruhe (Germany) and Grenoble (France) and received his PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the area of fatigue of irradiated, fusion relevant steels. After several years in industry Johannes joined the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland. He is responsible for a research group who focuses on the properties, behavior and performance of nuclear fuels, comprising both, cladding and pellets.

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Rodney C. Ewing

Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security and Co-Director, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, USA

Rod Ewing is the Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security and a Co-Director at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University.

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Mirco K. Grosse

Senior Scientist, High-Temperature Materials Chemistry Group at the Institute for Applied Materials – Applied Materials Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Mirco Grosse is Senior Scientist in the High Temperature Chemistry Group at the Institute for Applied Materials – Applied Materials Physics of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

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Christine Guéneau

CEA, Nuclear Energy Division, France

Christine Guéneau is currently an international expert working in the Nuclear Energy Division of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in the University Paris-Saclay (France). After receiving her PhD in metallurgy at the University Paris-Sud in Orsay, she joined CEA Saclay for a Post-Doc Fellowship where she obtained a permanent researcher position in 1995.

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Kai Nordlund

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

Kai Nordlund is professor of computational materials physics and head of the Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki. He received his PhD in physics in 1995 at the University of Helsinki, and after postdoc positions at the University of Illinois and Academy of Finland was appointed full professor at his alma mater in 2003.

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Chris Stanek

National Technical Director, U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS), USA

Chris Stanek is the National Technical Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program, and was previously the focus area lead of Materials Performance Optimization for the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LWRs (CASL) Energy Innovation.

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Pascal Yvon

CEA, Saclay, France

Dr Pascal Yvon works in the nuclear energy division of the French atomic energy commission (CEA) as the director of nuclear activities in Saclay. He holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris and a PhD in Applied Physics form the California Institute  of Technology.

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Yanwen Zhang

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Dr. Yanwen Zhang is a Distinguished R&D Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Tennessee. She is the director of an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) for Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution (EDDE) that brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers from National Laboratories and Universities to advance our understanding of energy dissipation mechanisms in complex alloys, with ultimate aims to control the evolution of defects in structural materials.

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