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Moving toward a Communications Plan for American Magnetic Fusion Fusion Power Associates Meeting December 5 – 6, 2012 Kitta MacPherson, Director of Communications.

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1 Moving toward a Communications Plan for American Magnetic Fusion Fusion Power Associates Meeting December 5 – 6, 2012 Kitta MacPherson, Director of Communications Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

2 Purpose: A forum that would engage key fusion community stakeholders to develop a framework for a proactive, coordinated approach to the dissemination of information on DOE-funded magnetic fusion research activities Held Sept Attended by more than 30 scientific and communications professionals. Princeton/PPPL, MIT, ORNL/U.S. ITER, General Atomics, LANL, fusion advocates including FPA, the wider physics community (TRIUMF) and industry (The Star-Ledger, PSE&G) 2012 Magnetic Fusion Communications Summit

3 Hired facilitator Brought together scientists and communicators from community for a team approach Attendees completed three worksheets in advance, including a SWOT analysis Meeting Approach Met for 1.5 days, engaged in group discussion, breakout sessions, attended presentations by Stewart Prager of PPPL and Tim Meyer of TRIUMF Reached consensus on establishment of Action Group to develop Strategic Communications Plan

4 Description of Communications environment Summary of Communications objectives Listing of target audiences Details of allies Distillation of key messages Compilation of Communications strategies Outline of tactical considerations and next steps Here is what report produced

5 An understanding that scientific progress has been made Inclusion on alternative energy radar screen The promise of fusion Need for enhanced domestic funding Awareness that other countries investing heavily in own programs Need for community to speak with one voice Challenges – Areas where there is need for further education

6 Develop a common narrative and speak with one voice Create a groundswell of appreciation for magnetic fusion research Expand the value of plasma physics in the scientific community. Communications Objectives

7 Scientific community, policy makers, environmental advocates, energy industry, general public Target Audiences Industry, University Fusion Associates, DOE, ITER, Fusion Power Associates, American Security Project, graduate students, APS-DPP, etc. Allies

8 Key messages for magnetic fusion 1.Needed and warranted – central energy source for the world 2.Exciting -- produces important scientific and engineering breakthroughs 3.Feasible -- significant progress being made toward sustainable and scalable fusion reactions 4.Safe, clean, and green 5.Critical -- central to U.S. competitiveness in science, technology, innovation, industry, and energy independence Also tailored messages for key constituencies: scientists, policymakers, environmentalists, energy industry, general public

9 Communications strategies Develop a Communications strategy Form nodes of influence and support Use communications channels that are available, quick, and direct Engage natural allies and fans Prioritize efforts and outreach

10 Tactics / Outreach Scientists: Includes direct contact with university departments; hosted roundtables; publications in broader literature such as Nature, Science, and Scientific American; and influential people such as Michio Kaku Environmentalists: Includes specific organizations like Sierra Club; contact with outside proponents; preventing attacks through education Energy community: Includes invitations to reactor studies; utility advisory committees; EPRI; and influential people like PSE&G CEO Ralph Izzo General Public: Includes presentations on/in YouTube, textbooks, websites; Image campaign; Call to action; mobile apps

11 Next Steps Magnetic Fusion Communications Group (MFCG) formed: Kitta MacPherson (PPPL); Paul Rivenberg (MIT); Lisa Petrillo (GA), Mark Uhran (ORNL/U.S. ITER); Steve Dean (FPA); Mark Haynes Regular teleconferences occur every two to three weeks with goal of developing plan by February, Each member has shared bulleted list of ideas about moving forward and what should be included in a Communications plan. Each is developing different tools and lists that will form elements of overall plan MFCG to compose strategy/plan to be submitted for review by Magnetic Fusion Roundtable


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