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Below is a selection of links where more information can be found about the European fusion programme and fusion research in general.

Note: inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement in any way by the European Commission (EC).

CORDIS: Community R&D Information Service

CORDIS provides all information regarding participation in European Commission Research programmes. Calls for proposals are published on CORDIS, and the site also provides a number of services to help researchers through the application process.

The Sixth Framework Programme outlines the priority areas for research in the EU from 2002-2006.

Research into nuclear fusion is carried out under the EURATOM (European Atomic Energy Community) research programme. More information can be found at the following page:
Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion Energy Research

The European Commission (EC)

The Directorate-General for Research is responsible for managing EC funding of fusion research.

Laboratories of the European Fusion Associations

Fusion research in Europe is carried out in the laboratories of the European Fusion Associations. There are Associations in all EU Member States, plus Switzerland and three of the candidate countries for EU membership: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Romania. Bulgaria, the Slovak republic and Slovenia participate by means of Cost-sharing contracts on specific projects:

Austria:The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
Belgium:The Royal Military School (ERM/KMS)
The Free University of Brussels (ULB)
The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK/CEN)
Bulgaria:Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski,
Bulgarian Academy of Science,
Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy – IRNE, Sofia
France:CEA Cadarache
Czech Republic:Institute of Plasma Physics
Denmark: RISØ National Laboratory
Finland:National Technology Agency (TEKES)
Germany:Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute for Plasma Physics
Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Programme Nuclear Fusion
Greece:HellasFusion - The National Programmme of Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion
Hungary:KFKI-RMKI Dept of Plasma Physics
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Ireland: Dublin City University, School of Physical Sciences
University College Cork, ASL, EEM and Physics Depts
Italy:ENEA - Fusion , official ENEA Fusion web site
FTU: Frascati Tokamak Upgrade
CNR-Milan, Institute for Plasma Physics
Consorzio RFX
Latvia:Latvia: Institute of Solid state physics, University of Latvia, Riga,
Institute of physics, University of Latvia, Salaspils,
Netherlands: FOM Institute for Plasma Physics "Rijnhuizen"
NRG Petten
Poland:Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion (IPPLM) in Warsaw
Portugal: Instituto Superior Técnico, Centro de Fusão Nuclear
Romania:InnovationMinistry for Education and Research (MEC)
Institute of Atomic Physics
Slovak Republic:Comenius University Bratislava, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics,
Slovak University of technology
Slovak academy of Sciences, Institute of Elecrical Engineering
Slovenia:Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljublijana
Spain:CIEMAT, National Fusion Laboratory
Sweden:The Swedish Research Council
The Royal Institute of Technology, Alfvén Laboratory
Switzerland:EPFL, Centre for Plasma Physics research (CRPP)
United Kingdom:UKAEA - Culham Science Centre

The European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA)

EFDA is responsible for supervising fusion technology R&D, European participation on international collaborations such as ITER, and the scientific exploitation of the JET facilities.

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)

ITER is a world-wide collaboration involving the EU, Japan, and Russia in the design of the “Next Step” fusion experiment.

European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy ('Fusion for Energy')

The European organisation 'Fusion for Energy' helps to realise fusion as a future source of energy. Its objectives are threefold:

  • Providing Europe‚Äôs contribution to the ITER international fusion energy project;
  • Implement the Broader Approach agreement between Euratom and Japan;
  • Prepare for the construction of demonstration fusion reactors (DEMO).

Training fellowships

Actions to promote and develop human mobility in the “Euratom Research and Training Programme on Nuclear Energy”

Every year the Nuclear Energy Research programme awards a series of fellowships for the training of young researchers.

Background and educational material about fusion

The European Fusion Information Network provides basic information about fusion. Additionally, many of the Fusion Associations sites above also contain background material and external links.

Further interesting links

The Links page of the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport also has an extensive and helpful list of energy-related links.