Fusion Industry School


ITER is expected to start operating later this decade; national demonstration fusion power plant programmes are accelerating around the world, such as STEP in the UK; and private investment in fusion companies is ever-growing with the drive towards the first commercial power plants. Fusion energy is entering its industrialisation era, and the associated supply chain must grow to deliver fusion to the market and, in the near term, benefit from the opportunities.


The Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training and UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) have worked with the fusion community to prepare a 2-week Fusion Industry School designed to meet the training needs of the emerging fusion industry and associated supply chain companies and organisations, as fusion develops into the industrialisation era in readiness for commercialisation.


The school is split into two sessions, with the first week in York centre hosted by the University of York. The second week will be hosted by University of Oxford Materials Department and UKAEA and will include one day at Culham Science Centre and four days at the University of Oxford.


Lecturers are drawn from fusion experts in the UK and internationally. They will introduce you to the breadth of fusion technology and the essentials of the underpinning science, as well as provide you with an understanding of the international fusion energy landscape. In addition to the lectures and networking with other delegates and our PhD students, you will have opportunities to question and debate with leading experts in the field during panel discussions. As part of the school, we are organising tours to the fusion facilities hosted by UKAEA, such as the Joint European Torus (JET) fusion experiment, the MAST-U tokamak, Materials Research Facility and RACE robotics centre (exact tours currently to be confirmed for 2023).

The aim of the Fusion Industry School is to introduce you to the breadth of fusion energy. Thus, while the lectures will be technical, we will endeavour to ensure they are accessible to delegates from a range of backgrounds. Nevertheless, we anticipate that those with a physical sciences or engineering degree, or equivalent experience, will benefit most. No specific knowledge of fusion energy will be assumed.


The school fee is set at £1000 per person for each week (exempt from VAT), covering all aspects of the programme, such as refreshments and lunch each day, as well as the formal school dinner and reception. Note that this fee does not include accommodation and evening meals, other than the formal dinner. Any surplus funds will be used in support of future Fusion Industry School events, as well as to fund initiatives that support the ambitions of the Fusion CDT Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

We are currently working on confirming the dates for 2023.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list for when we announce these dates please contact fis-enquiries@york.ac.uk.