Behind-the-Scenes @ JET Tokamak Culham

Wednesday 23rd September 2015 @ 13:30

Dr. Martin O'Brien, Head of Theory and Modelling at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

The Joint European Torus (JET), located at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, is the world’s largest and most powerful tokamak. It is designed to study fusion in conditions approaching those needed for a power plant.


Spend a fascinating afternoon visiting Culham for talks and tours of the fusion facilities with experts at JET. This visit is by kind invitation of Steven Cowley, Professor in Plasma Physics, Imperial College London, Director of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, CEO of UK Atomic Energy Authority.


JET is operated by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority on behalf of its European partners through a contract with the European Commission.

Attendees will make their own way to Culham. If you would like to offer places to other Members to travel with you in your car, or to see if anyone can offer you a lift please email the Administrator,, and we will try and help.

The timetable for this Behind-the-scenes is as follows:

13.15  Arrival and registration

13:30  Welcome refreshments and overview of JET

14:00  Introduction to Fusion with Martin O’Brien

14:45  Walk to JET

14:55  Tour of JET with groups to visit:

a) Models
b) Control Room Gallery
c) Assembly Hall
d) Remote Handling

16:05 Walk back to main area

16:15 Refreshments and a chance to continue the conversations with our hosts

16:45 Departure

Be aware that there will be an amount of walking around the site.

Image courtesy of CCFE.


Venue: Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DB

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