Fusion Industry School

Introduction

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.

Background

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.

Locations

The school will be split into two sessions, with the first week at the University of York from the 20th – 24th June, 2022 hosted at the York Plasma Institute. The second week will be hosted by University of Oxford Materials Department and UKAEA from the 19th – 23rd September, 2022 and will include two days at Culham Science Centre and three days at the University of Oxford.

Lectures

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 Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, as well as 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.

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.

Fees

The school fee is set at £1000 per person for each week, 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.

If attending either York only or York and Oxford, the deadline for submitting the Registration Form and payment is 23rd May, 2022. If you are only attending the Oxford/Culham event, the deadline for registration and payment is the 10th July, 2022.

Enquiries should be directed to fis-enquiries@york.ac.uk