Summer schools

There are several available options if you wish to attend a summer school on plasma physics and fusion energy. Some are introductory and targeted at bachelor's and master's level or new PhD students, and others require more specialized knowledge beforehand. Below, you will find a list of selected European summer schools with links to their websites.

 

Introductory summer schools

 

Culham Plasma Physics Summer School last two weeks and is a large introductory summer school aimed at master's students and early PhD students that covers a variety of topics in plasma physics. It includes a tour of JET and MAST Upgrade.

The next summer school will take place at The Culham Science Centre near Oxfordshire, 15th to 25th of July 2024. Deadline for application is the 21st of June 2024.

 

The Carolus Magnus Summer School last two weeks and is one of the larger European summer schools. It gives a broad introduction to topics in plasma physics and fusion energy and is primarily intended for PhD students as well as for Master students who will become PhD students after the present academic year.

The next summer school will take place from the 24th of June to the 5th of July 2024 in Brussels, Belgium. Deadline for application is the 26th of April 2024.

 

The IPP Summer University for Plasma Physics and Fusion Research lasts one week and is aimed at master's students. It covers a variety of topics in plasma physics and fusion energy and includes a tour of ASDEX Upgrade.

The next summer school will take place at The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in 2024.

 

This 5-day summer school covers a variety of topics in fusion energy as well as the engineering challenges of fusion energy. Additionally, there are visits to the labs and facilities situated at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

The next summer school will take place at KIT, 10th to 18th of April 2024. Deadline for application is the 22nd of March 2024.

 

The JT-60SA International Fusion School (JIFS) covers plasma physics, engineering and tokamak operation including dedicated lectures on the JET DT campaigns and first integrated commissioning of JT-60SA. The programme is complemented with 2-days of practical exercises, a visit to JT-60SA, a social programme to connect the European and Japanese students and opportunities for the students to present their current research.

The next edition of JIFS will take place from 26th of August to 6th September 2024 at the QST Naka site in Japan. Deadline for application is the 10th of May 2024.

 

The Kudova Summer School covers a variety of topics in fusion energy, plasma physics and diagnostics and is primarily aimed at PhD students.

The next summer school is planned to take place at The Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion (IPPLM) in Poland, 3rd to 7th of June 2024. Deadline for application is the 11th of April 2024.

 

PlasmaSurf is a six day summer school on plasma physics, intense lasers and nuclear fusion, tailored for BSc/MSc engineering and physics students. In addition to the lectures, the summer shool has a number of outdoor activities - including surfing!

The next summer school will take place at The University of Lisbon, 14th to 20th of July 2024. Deadline for application is the 31st of May 2024.

 

Specialized summer schools

 

The ITER International School is a 5-day programme with the goal of giving young scientists and engineers a taste of nuclear fusion. The summer school is primarily aimed at PhD students, postdocs and research staff working in fields relevant to the ITER program. Every year the summer school has a new main topic.

The last summer school had the topic "The Impact and Consequences of Energetic Particles in Fusion Plasmas" and took place at the Aix-Marseille University in France during June 2023. The next summer school will take place in 2024.

 

SUMTRAIC is a 2-week experimental training course in plasma physics and, in particular, in magnetic confinement fusion devices. The majority of the training course consists of group work on a relevant scientific project.

The next summer school will take place at The Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague in 2024.

 

PhDiaFusion is a summer school on diagnostics in fusion plasma devices. The 2023 edition of the PhDiaFusion Summer School of Plasma Diagnostics will cover the diagnostics data processing, interpretation, validation and real-time control aspects with a focus on artificial intelligence methods.

The last summer school took place at Niepołomice Royal Castle, Poland during 19 - 23 June, 2023.

 

  • Microwaves in Beams and Plasmas Summer School

Bianual summer school that primarily focuses on microwave propagation in plasmas. Both theoretical and engineering aspects are covered.

The next summer school will take place in 2024. More information will follow.

 

Advanced summer schools

 

Festival de Theorie is an inter-disciplinary workshop and research program which aims to bring together during 4 weeks leading researchers in plasma physics, astrophysics, statistical physics and neutral fluids. The workshop can serve as educational training for PhD and post-doctoral students.

The next summer school will take place in 2024.

 

Non-European summer schools

 

The above links to a list of summer schools compiled by ITER – including non-European summer schools not mentioned here.

 

https://www.danfusion.dk/for-members/summer-schools
21 JUNI 2024