I was able to attend the 58th edition of the Culham Plasma Physics Summer School held at the UKAEA site. This event which consists of students and professionals related to Physics, Maths, Computer Science, and researches from around the world who are working in favour to develop nuclear fusion.
As it was planned in the schedule, the first day started with an overview of what UKAEA is doing in order to achieve its mission. The first talk was presented by the CEO, Ian Chapman. It was followed by Chris Warrick from UKAEA comms to talk about the history of Plasma. One of the renowned researchers (Mr. Chippy Thyagaraja) presented on both Mathematics and Plasma physics.
My favourite talks
I chose these talks because in my eyes, being a scientist and communicator is extremely challenging. Prof. Nicholas Braithwaite from The Open University gave us an idea of the progress overtime in the subject of Low Temperature Plasma. Dr. Kate Lancaster who was also an attendee of the Culham Summer School 20 years ago (wow!) talked about inertial confinement plasma. One of the youngest lecturer was Phd. Hardman from Oxford, who really did a hard job in kindly presenting the talk twice since he did it online and also, in behalf of his colleagues.
The organization provided some tea and biscuits during break times in the middle of morning and afternoons. Paul Hiret, was the winner of the poster presentation with his study in plasma. The launch time was a great opportunity to meet more researchers and thanks to all for kindly accepted my unexpected photos 🙂
A dinner was organized in the Edmund Hall at Oxford University after two intense weeks. We enjoyed an exquisite menu with wine. I had the chance to meet a well experienced professional in Plasma in Business: Adam Woods, who is working for STEP!
I am glad that now I have a better understanding of the structure of a tokamak, the studies of plasma done in the UK, the USA, Russia and throughout the EU.
In the future Culham Plasma School events, I would suggest arranging the order of topics (e.g. We had “What is a Tokamak” on Wednesday, instead of Monday). Starting from the simplest concepts for the first day, makes easy to understand the complexity of plasma concepts and other work related.
I also was pleased to meet different scientists with different personalities and cultures ❤
I want to give a special thanks to some participants for making me feel welcome in this new world of science. They kindly offered some explanations on what is going on in the lectures and in general, in the UK.
The content of this post was approved by UKAEA’s comms: Chris Warrick, Nick Holloway, Nikolaus Muldal. Special Thanks to Tara Robinson for the English corrections.