What is an Erasmus Intensive Programme?

An Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) is a short and intense programme of study which brings together students and teaching staff from higher education institutions across Europe.

An Erasmus IP aims at:

  • Encouraging efficient and multinational training in specialised topics which might otherwise not be taught at all, or only in a very restricted number of higher education institutions
  • Enabling students and teachers to work together in multinational groups and so benefit from special learning and teaching conditions not available in a single institution, and to gain new perspectives on the topic being studied
  • Allowing members of the teaching staff to exchange views on teaching content and new curricula approaches and to test teaching methods in an international classroom environment
Official and detailed information for Erasmus IP's from European Commission can be found here

The APPEPLA Erasmus IP

The APPEPLA Erasmus IP is developed with the aim to offer an introduction to the feasibility of laser driven fusion as a future clean energy source. Special emphasis is given on the principles, as well as the experimental realization of laser driven fusion and the HiPER project in particular ( The integration of advanced electronics – optoelectronics with the physics involved.

APPEPLA is designed to be a self contained course, covering the subject as a whole, starting from the basic plasma physics and laser technology to advanced training in the physics of hot and dense plasmas, and the application of laser driven fusion. State of the art computer simulations and experimental results are presented by the lecturers. In addition to the laser based fusion, aspects of the fundamental science programme of HiPER are presented such as laboratory astrophysics, atoms and molecules in intense laser fields etc.

This program refers to final year undergraduate and postgraduate students of Physics, Electronics and Engineering Departments.

APPEPLA Erasmus IP is a valuable training tool for HiPER since it aims at fulfilling four main objectives of strategic importance for HiPER:

  1. To bring scientists from fields other than Plasma Physics and laser technology into HiPER (e.g. electronic engineers, laser engineers, physicists from other areas such as astrophysics, material science etc). HiPER is a facility able to generate new and extreme science (other than fusion) from the microscopic level of the elementary particles to the macroscopic level of the universe.
  2. To bring new scientists into plasma physics, especially in plasma physics & technology relevant to the HiPER fusion and fundamental science programme.
  3. To bring together scientists and engineers for the benefit of the new scientific and technological advances that HiPER will bring to society.
  4. To inform the society about important scientific and technological aspects including these that HiPER represents.