Research

Research collaborations

The UK fusion programme at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy benefits from collaborations with many other research organisations. We work with almost all the other EURATOM Associations, particularly as part of EFDA and F4E programmes (see the EFDA website for the locations and websites of the Associations), and with many fusion institutes in the rest of the world (see our Links page). As well as research, some collaborations involve the exchange of equipment; most notably Culham and EURATOM donated the small, ITER-shaped tokamak COMPASS-D to the Czech fusion Association.

We also have collaborations with physics, materials science and engineering departments in over 20 UK universities. Many involve PhD students – most based at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, the rest at their universities – while in others, academics based in the university work with fusion researchers at Culham. The universities of York, Durham, Liverpool and Manchester have formed a Doctoral Training Network in fusion, with funding from EPSRC. Other groups with strong links to CCFE include the University of Warwick's Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics and the University of Oxford's Materials Department and Plasma Theory Group.

With the MAST Upgrade project underway, there are even more opportunities for collaboration. CCFE will be looking for input at all levels to develop diagnostics and other systems for the upgraded machine. Please contact us if your institution is interested in getting involved.