News & events


Events happening at Culham Fusion for Fusion Energy and other meetings of interest.

Forthcoming events at CCFE

Culham Energy Seminar
11/09/2014 – Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith (Director of Energy Research, Oxford University, President SESAME Council)

Can future energy needs be met sustainably?

Global energy use will have to increase to allow everyone on the planet to lead decent lives. The need can be met with fossil fuels for (at least) 50 years, but this is not sustainable. Decarbonisation is vital to mitigate climate change and reduce air pollution (estimated to cause 10% of all deaths), and because in the (very) long run fossil fuels will become increasingly scarce and expensive. Lower carbon pathways and realistic energy projections are diverging, and it has become clear that major decarbonisation is not possible with existing technologies at a price society would be prepared to pay. Chris Llewellyn Smith will review the current situation, and the steps that need to be taken to increase the chance that future energy needs can be met sustainably. They include driving down the cost of low carbon technologies (CCS, nuclear, solar,…), managing demand and improving efficiency (big potential gains are not being realised), and putting a price on carbon.
More information on the Culham Energy Seminar 

Culham Colloquia: no forthcoming talks
Please note the Colloquia are primarily for an internal scientific audience at CCFE. However, it is usually possible for visitors to attend by prior arrangement – please contact us with our online comment form. Unless otherwise indicated, the talks take place in the Hans Otto-Wüster Room, Building K1, at Culham Science Centre.

Culham Summer School

52nd Culham Plasma Physics Summer School

Dates: July 2015 (specific dates to be confirmed)

Location: Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3DB, UK

Contact details: Mr Andrew Wise
Tel: +44 (0)1235 465366

The Summer School is intended to give the students an introduction to the fundamentals of plasma physics together with an appreciation of how these are related to applications such as Magnetic Confinement Fusion, Laser Plasma and Inertial Confinement Fusion, Low Temperature Plasma and Astrophysical Plasmas. Specific topics in these fields are also treated in depth.