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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

UKAEA’s open events offer you a unique opportunity to see some of the amazing work we are doing to develop safe, low carbon and sustainable fusion energy for the world’s future energy supply.

All our open evenings and days are free of charge. We will be hosting in-person open evenings regularly, alongside one weekend open day and one virtual event a year. These events include an introductory talk and tours of two of our world-leading facilities. These tours will be led by engineers, scientists and technicians, who are currently working on the cutting-edge programmes – so you are guaranteed a genuine insight into what it’s like to work in fusion and have the opportunity to directly ask our passionate researchers anything about our work here at UKAEA.

Please note (for in-person events):

  • Children below the age of 12 are not allowed to attend the in-person events. Anyone below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • A significant amount of walking is involved during the tours – we can provide mobility support if required but we must be notified of this.
  • People with pacemakers and/or similar medical implants may not be able to access a few areas on tours for health and safety reasons.
Visitor on a tour of JET

The next in-person open evening will be on Wednesday 22 February 2023.

All of UKAEA’s public open events are published on our Eventbrite page. If you’d like to book onto an event or browse what’s coming up, please head over to the site. If you give our page a ‘follow’, you’ll receive a notification when events are uploaded and open for registrations.

Bring your questions and curiosity as you discover how we are harnessing the power of stars on Earth – we look forward to seeing you there!

Please email communications@ukaea.uk if you have any queries about our open events.

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 fusion energy 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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