Outreach events

YorNight 2020

On Saturday 8th April Fusion, more than 3000 visitors comprising a range of ages descended on the York Barbican for the 2020 University of York “YorNight” event. Fusion CDT staff and students, as well as a range of other faculties and research groups, were in attendance to communicate some of the science being undertaken across the University. A range of interactive demonstrations, including an infrared camera to demonstrate temperature measurements, laser to demonstrate plasma heating mechanisms, plasma ball to visualise plasma-surface confinement and snooker table to show the principles of ballistic neutron damage, were displayed by our fusion researchers to enthuse an audience of largely school children with the possibilities for our exciting field.

Late Sun Event – Museum of Science and Industry

Wednesday 27 November 2019

19:00 – 22:00

Join our researchers as they shed light on fusion energy and how it powers the Sun. Can we make mini suns here on Earth? Will they eventually fuel our power stations? Could fusion solve the energy crisis? Come along to find out.

The CDT researchers will be exhibiting the Sundome and other fusion related demonstrations at the Late Sun event at the Museum of Science and Industry on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

Celebrate Science – Durham

30 and 31 October 2019

Our researchers will be attending the Celebrate Science event at Durham University on the 30 and 31 October 2019. They will be using the Sundome to promote our research into fusion, as well as exhibiting a number of activities that support the materials and plasma research that is implemented at our universities, in our goal to create a Sun on Earth.

Please do pop along to our stand and speak to the researchers.

National Railway Museum – Energy and Sustainability

27 February 2019, 10:30 – 16:00

Our researchers will be exhibiting the Sundome on Wednesday 27 February at the National Railway Museum, York from 10:30 am – 16:00 in the Station Hall.  Come inside our Sundome! Join scientists on an exploration of the power of the Sun and fusion energy. Can we make mini suns here on Earth and will these eventually power our power stations? Will fusion one day solve the energy crisis? Come along to find out!

Celebrate Science – Durham University

24 & 25 October 2018

CDT Researchers will once again be supporting the annual Durham University – Celebrate Science event. Visitors will be able to visit the Sundome and find out more about the fusion research that our researchers are conducting through a variety of demonstrations and interactive activities.


17 November 2018

Join our researchers inside the Sundome and discover fusion energy! Let us show you world-leading UK facilities and learn more from scientists at the cutting-edge about how we build a Sun on Earth and what we’ve learned along the way!

Continue the journey of discovery with researchers from the York Plasma Institute and the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training. Find out more about their path to discovery with our demonstrations of plasmas in action ‘The Lightning bolt’ and ‘Plasma jet’; take a look inside our Lego[TM] fusion reactor; learn about the key role of materials science in creating the Sun’s container at our pool table and amazing magnetics with the levitating superconductivity track. See how plasmas are used in everyday life: from plasma TVs to spacecraft propulsion.

Take away a souvenir from your visit and relive your trip to the home of the Sun on Earth with your friends and family… Don’t forget to speak to our podcast team and tell us what you’ve discovered so we remember it too!