Saint Petersburg, Russia

Advances in Nuclear Fusion Science

blended course
when 26 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 160

Brief description

* This is a new Summer School module oriented at Master and PhD students specializing in high-temperature plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion. The lecturers are scientific researchers working and publishing in the corresponding field. The purpose is to give the young participants the possibility to learn directly from the authors of the contemporary scientific publications contributing to the development of the physics basis of the controlled nuclear fusion.

* Fundamental scientific results by Polytech and SOKENDAI have found applications in physics of tokamaks, stellarators/heliotrons and other related fields. Scientists from both institutions will give lectures in their areas of expertise.

* Controlled nuclear fusion is the most complex scientific and technical task the mankind has ever encountered. The demand for a clean, accessible, and dependable energy source is recognized and corresponds to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Topic Cluster "Magnetoplasma; Tokamak Devices; Plasmas" is within top 25% in the world by prominence according to the SciVal portal by Elsevier.

* The tokamak was invented in Russia in early 1950s. In 1969 under the leadership of academician L.A. Artsimovich a controlled thermonuclear fusion in a tokamak was implemented in laboratory conditions for the first time in the world. In 2020 the ITER tokamak assembly started. The JT-60SA tokamak is now being prepared for the first plasma experiments in Japan. These devices are major milestones on the path to DEMO, i.e. a demonstration nuclear fusion power plant. ITER is to demonstrate the integration of science, technology, and safety features for a fusion reactor. JT-60SA is aimed at key physics issues for ITER and DEMO.

Online format: July 12, 2021

Hybrid format:

- for EU- or visa-free countries nationals: June 28, 2021

- for non-EU nationals: May 17, 2021

Cultural program:

Online format:*

- Online Pub Quiz;
- Online Interactive Tour to SPbPU Museum;
- Online broadcasting of excursion to the Hermitage museum;

Cultural program in the Hybrid format is discussed with participants individually.

*All of the listed above activities are planned to take place but in case any of those will have to be cancelled, an alternative event will be offered to participants.


Provided only for the Hybrid or the Tailor-made formats:

on campus at the university dormitory
off-campus at partner hostels in the city center

Details of the options and booking procedures will be discussed with each applicant individually.

Course leader

Program partners:

- SOKENDAI: The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Japan)
- National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute"

Target group

Entrance requirements:

- Good command of English. All classes and extracurricular activities are carried out in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required;
- The course is suitable for Master and PhD students specializing in plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion.

Fee info

EUR 160: Online format: 160 Euro

Hybrid format: 160 Euro + 4000 Rub (non-refundable registration fee for the Letter of Invition)

Participation fee includes tuition fee, study materials, field trips and cultural program.

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive hard copies of certificates with ECTS credits (mailed by post in case of the online format of the Summer School).


- If you take 2 programs in one season you get a 10% discount per each course;
- If you take 3 or more programs in one season you get a 15% discount per each course;
- If you are an alumni of any previous course in the last 5 years you get a 10% discount for any summer program;
- If you are an SPbPU student you get a 20% discount for any summer course;
- If you are a student of any other Russian university you get a 15% discount for any summer program.