FuseNet launched a new video. “The easiest thing nature does” tells the story of the challenging quest for fusion energy, narrated by the people that make it happen. The camera (beautifully instrumented by Polarmedia) zooms into the cosmos of fusion scientists; and it zooms out looking into its potential to deliver safe and abundant energy.
This film is to be seen as an introduction to fusion energy. So please use it. Show it. And be infused!
On 22 November, the second edition of the Master Event will take place! The event will be held fully online on the Gathertown platform. All master's students in fusion-related fields are invited to join the event.
The day is filled with interesting talks by top scientists, introductions to fusion start-ups and ITER-related companies, and chances to meet your fellow students. More information on the programme can be found on the registrations page. See you at the event!
Module 4, Fusion materials, is now available in our Educational Materials Browser! This module is part of our series of educational materials for secondary schools. In this module, students learn about the challenges of building a fusion reactor, and how the harsh conditions inside a fusion reactor lead to a limited number of materials that can be used to build the box "containing a star on Earth". The focus of the module is on two problems that are crucial to be solved for a working fusion reactor: the intense heat exhaust, and the strong neutron irradiation on the inside of the reactor.
On 14 October, the European Fusion Teacher Day will take place again! On this day, we invite secondary school teachers to see how interesting fusion is, and show how the subject can be included in their classrooms.
As in the previous editions, the day is split into two parts: domestic sessions take place in the morning, and the European session takes place in the afternoon (14:00-17:00 CEST). The European session consists of a presentation on our educational materials for secondary schools, and virtual tours of ITER and W7-X, two of Europe's biggest fusion experiments. For more information on the contents and schedule of the domestic sessions, please see the information page of your respective session.
The registrations for the event close on 1 October. For more information and the registration page, please see our webpage.
The FuseNet Association was founded to be a platform for the coordination of European fusion education in 2010. And that is what we have been doing ever since. Rooted in academia, we are driven by the notion that the students of now will be the researchers, engineers and pioneers of the future. By connecting and facilitating educators and students across Europe, we build on this understanding. We want to make fusion the place to be for bright and motivated people. By connecting academia with industry and supporting student mobility we stimulate fusion students to get in touch with the work field.
Introduction to nuclear fusion
Photo: ITER Organization/EJF Riche.
Fusion begins with a remarkably simple nuclear reaction but quickly turns into one of mankind's greatest challenges. Interested in learning why?
Education is our core business. We actively support workshops and educational events across Europe for students of all levels. A portal for all things fusion education, our website provides up-to-date information on interesting workshops and educational events for fusion students. Through our expansive network, we additionally have access to a carefully curated body of fusion-educational materials. Not only do we provide for BSc, MSc and PhD students, we also have a lot of interesting information for teachers at any stage of education: primary school, secondary school and university.
The diversity of our members reflects the diversity of the European fusion community. Through a mix of university, research institute and industry members, FuseNet brings together everyone working in fusion. Fusion faces a great many challenges still, and to tackle those we need highly motivated engineers, reseachers and fusion advocates. FuseNet embodies the understanding that, to make fusion a success, we first and foremost have to train the people to do that. Through our international collaboration FuseNet and its members seek to empower students and the fusion workforce.
To train the future fusion workforce requires more than textbooks and lectures alone. FuseNet actively stimulates students involved in fusion to embark on an internship as part of their education. Through our university, research institute and industry members, we give students and young scientists access to a wide range of internships at state-of-the-art facilities across the continent. Through our Powered by FuseNet funding schemes, we also provide support for fusion-related internships across many disciplines.