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View fusion research in action at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy!

Here’s how you can come and visit us…

Open Evenings and Open Days

Our Open Evenings and Open Days give you the chance to see the JET and MAST Upgrade experiments and meet the scientists and engineers who are bringing fusion power to Earth.

All our Open Events are free of charge. We host two Saturday Open Days a year; one in May and the other in November. These days include an introductory talk and tours of the experimental facilities, where cameras are welcome, and offer the option of a morning or afternoon visit. The Wednesday Open Evenings take place more frequently throughout the year and offer a similar programme of talks and tours. They begin at 6.30pm and conclude at around 9.30pm.

Please note:

  • The tours are not suitable for children below the age of 14;
  • A significant amount of walking is involved during the tours;
  • People with pacemakers or other medical implants will not be able to access certain areas.

Open Evening / Open Day dates:

  • Due to the developing situation surrounding Coronavirus, we are still unable to welcome visitors on site for Open Events. However, we are doing all we can to continue to share our work with you during this time. Below is a link to our Facebook Videos Page, where you can find our JET Mini Tour in 6 short videos, which gives you a whistle-stop tour of the world’s biggest fusion machine: https://www.facebook.com/UKAEAofficial/videos/
  • We are also hosting webinars which you can find out more about in the ‘Online talks’ section below. We will update you from this page concerning future events as the situation develops. Thank you.

Please email communications@ukaea.uk if you have any queries about our Open Events.

Online talks

Would you like to find out more about nuclear fusion, and the research that goes on at Culham to bring the Sun to Earth? Well now you can do it from wherever you are with our online talks.

We are hosting webinars on Wednesdays at 1.30pm UK time, via Zoom. Previous webinar topics have included ‘The Path to Fusion Energy’, the career journey of a fusion engineer, and ‘The History of Fusion Research and Culham’.

Each webinar is 45 minutes, which includes a presentation followed by a live Q&A, so you can ask those burning questions you’ve always wanted to know the answers to!

You can tune into these webinars through a unique Zoom link posted on our social media pages. The links change for each event, so be sure to follow us on the platforms listed below, where you can also find out more details about what’s coming up next, and who will be speaking: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and if you can’t tune in live, you can find recordings of all our webinars on our YouTube channel.

Weekly webinars and online talks at CCFE
Weekly webinars and online talks at CCFE

School, College and University visits

We offer educational outreach visits to our site where students can come and learn about fusion energy, alongside all our research developing fusion as a sustainable power source. These visits consist of an introductory talk exploring the basics of nuclear fusion and an overview of UKAEA’s research areas, followed by a tour of our fusion facilities witnessing cutting-edge science and engineering up-close. All visits are tailored to groups’ background knowledge.

For UK schools we run a series of visit days aimed at students taking A-level or GCSE science (or equivalent). These run on various dates during the academic year and are limited to groups of up to 24 people per visit. Schools or colleges can express interest in a visit and be put on our mailing list for updates by contacting education@ukaea.uk.

For universities and non-UK schools we are also able to offer visits. Presentations and tours are tailored to the group concerned, and a typical visit lasts between two to three hours (i.e. a whole morning or afternoon). These visits are offered to groups of between eight and 36 people.

We also offer, subject to availability, visits by scientists to give talks and hands-on demonstrations at primary or secondary schools.

Please note that given the current situation with COVID-19, UKAEA are closely following government advice. At present we are no longer proceeding with group visits to our site for the foreseeable future. However, instead we are currently offering virtual sessions where students can still have a talk and discussion with our scientists and engineers. Please email us to find out more about these new virtual education sessions for school and university groups.

If you have any enquiries relating to booking future School, College, and University visits please email education@ukaea.uk or if you would like information on our outreach and education programme more generally.

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