The objectives of the FPCC are to provide a forum to co-ordinate international science and research with regard to fusion: device-specific research (tokamaks and alternate concepts) and cross-cutting research (materials, safety and technologies). As with the other working parties, the FPCC also oversees the eight IAs operating in its area. Organisations and initiatives, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency and the ITER project, as well as key partner countries, regularly participate in FPCC meetings. Following the establishment of ITER in 2007, discussions in the FPCC have focused on rationalising international scientific programmes concerning fusion, including among the fusion-related IAs. One important recent action of the FPCC was the creation of a co-ordination group to examine ‘steady-state operations’ in all fusion-related IAs. Steady-state operation, or maintaining the plasma in equilibrium, is one of the key challenges to successfully creating power from fusion devices.
Implementing Agreements in the fusion portfolio include: