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STEP community event – Wednesday 14 June – Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough 

  • The West Burton site will be the future home of the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) prototype fusion energy powerplant  
  • Learn more about fusion through live and interactive sessions 
  • Find out what the site might look like in the decades ahead through draft masterplan 

UKAEA’s STEP team is pleased to announce that it will be holding its next community event in Gainsborough at the Trinity Arts Centre on Wednesday 14 June, from 3pm to 7pm 

The aim of this event is to share information with anyone in the community who is interested in the proposals for the West Burton site, the future home of STEP – a protype fusion energy powerplant.   

This event will also be the first time the team has shared its draft masterplan, which shows how the site might be used in the long term. There will be an opportunity for discussion on the masterplan, with feedback encouraged to inform the team’s thinking at this early stage of the process.  

In addition, members of the STEP technical team will lead live and interactive ‘what is fusion?’ sessions in the auditorium. During these sessions the team will take questions from the audience. 

The event will also include a session on potential future supplier opportunities. 

Paul Methven, STEP’s Programme Director, said: “We’re looking forward to getting out into the community and share our plans for the West Burton site.  

We have an action-packed agenda planned for the event in Gainsborough and are excited to invite people to come along and meet the team and find out more about fusion and the STEP programme.”   

The event will close with a screening of the documentary ‘STAR MAKERS: The Energy of Tomorrow’.  This film follows the lives of the engineers and scientists working at UKAEA as they overcome challenges in their attempt to achieve a world record in sustained fusion energy. 

Event details  

Doors open to the public 3-7pm and there is no need to register in advance. 

Live in the auditorium: 

3.30pm: What is fusion – live & interactive 

4.30pm: Future supplier opportunities and timeframes 

5.15pm: What is fusion – live & interactive 

6pm: ‘STAR MAKERS: The Energy of Tomorrow’ film 

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