Behind-the-Scenes @ the UK’s fusion research centre UKAEA – Culham Science Centre
The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is responsible for the UK’s fusion research programme – working to harness the power source of the stars, as a future source of low carbon, safe and abundant electricity here on Earth.
Hosted by Professor Ian Chapman (UKAEA CEO).
Ian Chapman became CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority in October 2016. He has held a number of international roles in fusion, and his research has been recognised with a number of international awards, including the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal in 2013, the European Physical Society Early Career Prize in 2014, the American Physical Society Stix Award in 2017 and the Royal Society Kavli Medal in 2019. He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2013 and became a visiting Professor at Durham University in 2015.
UKAEA undertakes fusion research and development at its Culham Science Centre HQ in Oxfordshire. UKAEA operates the world’s largest ‘tokamak’ fusion experiment (the Joint European Torus or JET) on behalf of the wider EU fusion community and also runs its own, more compact, MAST Upgrade fusion experiment.
A growing technology programme in areas such as robotics, materials testing, fuel supply and component testing is working with key partners to meet the practical challenges of putting fusion on the grid for future generations.
This exclusive visit will include an introduction to UKAEA’s work, and tours of the JET and MAST Upgrade fusion experiments and the RACE robotics facility. Lunch will be available at cost.
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