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A Brief History

The first meeting on pulsed power was (apparently) in 1987 and the second was organised soon after in December 1988 as a "Colloquium on Pulsed Power Applications". That meeting was organised by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) in association with the UK Pulsed Power Association and the Institute of Physics (IOP). The meeting was held at the IEE headquarters at the Michael Faraday house, Savoy Place, London, the chosen venue for many other Symposia meetings.

The pulsed power meetings continued for many years, with UK and overseas attendance. In 1995 Charlie Martin himself presented a paper on the history of pulsed power research at AWE Aldermaston.

In 1998 the "Colloquium on Pulsed Power" became the "Symposium on Pulsed Power". Later the UK Pulsed Power Symposia meetings were organised in Pembroke College Oxford in 1999; at the Imperial War museum in 2000; at the Royal College of Physicians 2001; at Loughborough University for the first time in 2003; at the Apollo hotel near AWE Aldermaston in 2005; at the CCLRC Daresbury Laboratories in 2006 and at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in 2007. This last meeting was officially termed the "20th UK Pulsed Power Symposium".

Later the Symposium expanded and on occasions it was organised as a part of much larger European events. In 2008 it was part of the 2nd Euro-Asian Pulsed Power Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania and in 2009 was held at CERN in Geneva as the "European Pulsed Power Conference".

In 2011 and 2014, Loughborough University begun to organise again the Symposium in the UK as a one-day event with overseas attendance. The present event is therefore the "25th UK Pulsed Power Symposium" or the 3rd of a new series of UK Pulsed Power Symposia.

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