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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.

The events are free; the Open Evenings are on Wednesdays, beginning at 6.30pm and include an introductory talk and tours of the experimental facilities (cameras are welcome), usually finishing around 9.30pm. The Open Days are on Saturdays, with a similar programme of talks and tours available either in the morning or the afternoon.

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:

  • We are very conscious of the worldwide outbreak of Coronavirus and appreciate this is an ever-changing situation here in the UK. Following Prime Minister’s recent announcement and the advise to limit unnecessary social gatherings, we have taken the decision to suspend all Open Events until further notice. This includes the upcoming April Open Evening and the May Open Morning. This decision has not been taken lightly and we apologise for the inconvenience caused. 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.

Visitor on a tour of JET

School, College and University visits

For UK schools we run a series of visit days aimed at A-level Physics or equivalent students to come and learn about nuclear fusion and the research happening at Culham. These visits consist of an introductory talk followed by a tour of the JET facility and last around 2.5 hours.

There are several start times for these visits: 09:45, 11:45 and 13:45.

For universities and non-UK schools we are able to offer visits during working weekdays. Presentations and tours are tailored to the age group concerned, and a typical visit lasts two to three hours (i.e. a whole morning or afternoon). These visits are offered to groups of between 10 and 30.

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 recent situation with Coronavirus and COVID-19, UKAEA are closely monitoring developments. At present we are following official advice and are no longer proceeding with outreach visits until the end of May and not taking any new bookings for months before August. We hope you can appreciate the changing nature of this may mean we have to take a decision to cancel at long- or short-term notice and apologise for any inconvenience. 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.

You can also find fusion education resources, including virtual tours of JET and MAST Upgrade, at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s education channel, hosted by The Learning Partnership.

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