BSS Visit to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

Attention geeks! I think you’re going to like this.

A little while ago at Reading Skeptics In The Pub I met a chap with quite possibly the best opening line I’ve ever heard: “Hi, I’m Nick. I’m sometimes in charge of the hottest place in the universe.”

Nick Balshaw works at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) near Abingdon, where he is Diagnostic Engineering Group Leader for the Joint European Torus (JET), the world’s largest and most powerful tokamak. And quite wonderfully, Nick has offered to give some of us skeptics a tour of his workplace.

So we have a reservation for a small group to visit on Wednesday 14 November, to see the JET and MAST fusion experiments and to meet some of the scientists and engineers. This tour starts at 18:30 and finishes around 21:30 and it totally free, but as the CCFE website states:

  • 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.

There are only 8 spaces left on this visit so if you want to come along, don’t tarry. Fill in your details below, I’ll be in touch to confirm your place on the trip and then we can sort out car-sharing and such details nearer the time.

Don’t fret too much if you don’t make the cut. CCFE hold public open evenings most months so you may get another chance if you contact them directly, but beware that these evenings are fully booked many months in advance.

UPDATE (0900, 22/7/012) : Wow, what a great response! Only 1 place remaining now.

UPDATE (1204, 22/7/012) : That’s it, all places taken. Apologies to those who missed out.

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