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Fusion Energy Week
May 6  –10, 2024

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Fusion Energy Week

Fusion energy powers the sun and stars. We are closer than ever to harnessing this type of clean energy here on earth. Dr. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin discovered what our sun and stars are made of, which led to our understanding of fusion. In honor of Dr. Payne-Gaposchkin’s birthday on May 10th, Fusion Energy Week will be held annually in the second week of May.

Amazing things are happening right now in fusion energy science and technology. Fusion energy has never been closer to appearing on the electrical grid, which has the potential to completely transform the global energy market. In the collaborative world of modern science, we all have an opportunity to not only watch this amazing transformation happen, but to be a part of it!

Fusion Energy Week will connect the public with those currently working in fusion energy around the world at laboratories, universities and companies who support this pursuit of a clean, safe, and robust energy alternative. Join us for a series of events during the week of May 6–10th when we will come together to celebrate the science and technology that will make fusion the energy solution of tomorrow.

To learn more about fusion energy, visit usfusionenergy.org or attend one of the many fusion events listed below! If you would like to host your own Fusion Energy Week event, please contact us using the “Submit an Event” button. 

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Illustration by Thumỹ Phan 
for U.S. Fusion Outreach

Cecilia Payne

What are stars made of? How do stars make their energy? We know the answers to these questions thanks to Dr. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who discovered that the stars, like our Sun, are mostly made of hydrogen and helium. This led to our understanding of fusion—the reaction that powers our sun and the stars. These elements are the “fuel” that powers fusion reactions inside the sun in a giant fusion engine. Together, we are working to build fusion engines here on Earth. Join the celebration and join the movement to bring the power of the stars to Earth.

Fusion Energy Week Events

Public Tour of Auburn University Plasma Lab

May 11, 2024 | 6–9pm
Auburn University

Tours of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)

May 10, 2024 | 10am–12pm
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)

History of Plasma in Princeton

May 8, 2024 | 5–7pm
Princeton University

Public Talk and Demos

May 9, 2024 | 12–4pm
Princeton University

Columbia Plasma Physics Laboratory Tours and Demos

May 6–10, 2024
Columbia University

Plasma Demos from Auburn Groups and PhysicsQuest

May 11–12, 2024
Auburn University

DIII-D National Fusion Facility Virtual Tours

May 8–9, 2024
General Atomics

Sherwood Plasma Fusion Theory Conference

May 6–10, 2024
Sherwood Theory

Tours of UCLA’s Basic Plasma Science Facility (BaPSF)

May 6–10, 2024
University of California, Los Angeles

Tours of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC)

May 6, 2024 | 11am–12pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Powering our Future: A Celebration of Our Transition from Lab to Society

May 3, 2024 | 2–8pm
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Tours of NearStar Fusion and Fusion Energy 101

May 6, 2024 | 3–4pm
NearStar Fusion

Young Women’s Conference in STEM

May 17, 2024 | 9am–2pm
Hosted by PPPL at San Diego State University

DIII-D National Fusion Facility In-Person Tour

May 10, 2024 | 2:30–4:30pm
General Atomics

Star in a Bottle: The Promises and Challenges of Nuclear Fusion

May 9, 2024 | 2–3pm
Williamsburg Regional Library

Navigating Career Paths for Women in Fusion and STEM

Virtual: APS DPP Graduate School & Careers Day

Apr 27, 2024 | 12–6pm
American Physics Society

Brewing Questions About Fusion

May 6, 2024 | 4–7pm
Oak Ridge National Lab

Fusion Movie and Social Hour

May 9, 2024 | 5–8pm
American Museum of Science and Energy