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The star builders: Nuclear fusion and the race to power the planet

Join Arthur Turrell as he explores the past, present and future of fusion power

Our nearest reliable fusion reactor, the Sun

Event description

What is nuclear fusion, and could it really help combat the climate emergency?

In this talk, Arthur Turrell will take us on a thrilling tour of one of the greatest technological and scientific challenges humanity has ever undertaken: reproducing the power source of the stars on our own planet. Telling the remarkable stories of the scientists and entrepreneurs who have dedicated their lives to a seemingly impossible dream, Arthur will offer an unmissable insight into how efforts to produce clean energy from nuclear fusion are inching closer to reality.

Copies of Arthur's latest book 'The Star Builders: Nuclear Fusion and the Race to Power the Planet' are available from Amazon and all good bookshops.

Event type

This is a livestream event where the speaker and audience come together online. 


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About the speaker

Arthur Turrell has a PhD in plasma physics and nuclear fusion from Imperial College London, where he remains a Visiting Scientist. He is also a visitor to the Bank of England, and the Data Analytics for Finance and Macro Research Centre at King's College London. His research combines methods from data science, economics, and physics, and today he works as an economist and data scientist. 

As well as his research, Arthur is passionate about making science and economics more accessible - mostly because scientists shouldn't be allowed to have all the fun.


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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18 and 19 August holiday workshops cancelled

Due to planned transport strikes, all holiday workshops on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August are cancelled.