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Visit CCFE

We are keen to encourage as many people as possible to view the fusion research facilities at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. Our policy for visits is given below.

School, College and University visits

School visitWe are fully booked for the 2015/16 academic year. To join our schools mailing list to hear about cancellations and future events, please email education@ccfe.ac.uk

For UK schools we run a series of visit days aimed at A-level Physics or equivalent students to come and learn about nuclear fusion and the research happening at Culham. These visits consist of an introductory talk followed by a tour of our JET facility and last around 2.5 hours. We can provide workbooks for pre- and post-visit work relating to fusion and the curriculum.

There are several start times for these visits: 09:45, 11:45 and 13:45.

For Universities and non-UK schools we are able to offer visits during working weekdays. Presentations and tours are tailored to the age group concerned, and a typical visit lasts two to three hours (i.e. a whole morning or afternoon). These visits are offered to groups of between 10 and 30.

We also offer, subject to availability,visits by scientists to give talks and hands-on demonstrations at primary or secondary schools.

To request a school visit or ask for more details, please email education@ccfe.ac.uk.


Open Evenings and Open Days

Our Open Evenings and Open Days give members of the public the chance to see the JET and MAST experiments and meet some of the scientists and engineers who work in fusion research.

The events are free; the Open Evenings begin at 6.30pm and include an introductory talk and tours of the MAST and JET experimental facilities (cameras are welcome), usually finishing around 9.30pm. The Open Days are on Saturdays, with a similar programme of talks and tours available either in the morning or the afternoon.

Please note:

  • The tours are not suitable for children below the age of 14;
  • A significant amount of walking is involved during the tours;
  • People with pacemakers or other medical implants will not be able to access certain areas.

2016 Open Evening / Open Day dates:
  • Saturday 7 May (morning and afternoon)

We also have a reserve list for the following dates:

  • Wednesday 17 February (evening)
  • Wednesday 16 March (evening)


Please use the form on our 'Contact us' page to book places for the Open Evenings.