Posted on: 18th July 2010
My visit to Culham was amazing. The rest of the world should follow suit because Europe are leading the way in this field.
Brothers Freddy (14) and Tom (12) are obviously fascinated by the sheer size of JET. Last Wednesday they joined one of the Open Evenings held on a regular basis at the Culham Science Centre.
Open Evenings are held about eight times a year and are hugely popular, with people coming not only from the local community, but from as far away as the United States. A maximum of 120 people can be accepted for the evening and they are always fully booked months in advance, so it means that every year about 1000 very keen people turn up to find out more about fusion. The evening starts with a general introduction to fusion, followed by tours round both the JET and MAST machines in groups of about 10 with a scientist or engineer as guide. During this year’s protracted engineering shutdown on JET, visitors have had a particular treat: they have been able to go into the torus hall and see the huge machine for themselves.