Speaker event, 1st March 2023: Power from Fusion- why the sudden excitement?’ with Prof Sir Ian Chapman

Join British Pugwash at our latest speaker event:

‘Power from Fusion- why the sudden excitement?’ with Prof Sir Ian Chapman (Chief Executive Officer of the UK Atomic Energy Authority)

7pm, Weds 1st March 

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), 297 Euston Rd, London, NW1 3AQ


A Q&A will follow the talk. The event will be chaired by Dr Ian Crossland, British Pugwash.

To RSVP and for any queries email: office@britishpugwash.org

We look forward to seeing you in person. To attend online please use this zoom link:


Meeting ID: 984 3575 8481
Passcode: 332628

Event overview:

Fusion power has been under intense investigation for decades and yet a practical device capable of generating useful energy has remained out of reach. Now, suddenly, there are plans for multiple new demonstration plants and talk of fusion-generated electricity production in the 2030s and 40s. How realistic is this? Might power from fusion help to limit global warming or is it, even after more than sixty years, still too immature to be useful? Professor Sir Ian Chapman is CEO of UKAEA and head of one the world’s leading fusion research teams based at Culham near Oxford. He will describe ongoing research into this important topic and plans to turn power from fusion into a reality.

Speaker biography:

Ian Chapman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the UK Atomic Energy Authority in 2016. Ian has won a number of international awards, including the European Physical Society Early Career Prize in 2014, the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal in 2013, the IUPAP Plasma Physics Young Scientist Prize in 2012 and the Cavendish Medal for Best early-career UK physicist awarded by SET for Britain in 2011. He has held a number of international roles in fusion including a Task Force Leader for JET from 2012 to 2014 and a member of US experiment NSTX-U programme advisory committee. Ian was made a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2013 and became a visiting Professor at Durham University in 2015.