FUSENET – the European fusion education network


The aim of FUSENET was to establish a European fusion education network for education in fusion science and technology, in order to increase, enhance and broaden fusion training and education activities in Europe.

The project consists of four groups of coordination actions: 

  • the establishment and running of the FUSENET network; 
  • development of individual learning opportunities and common educational goals;
  • development of educational materials and hands-on experiments; 
  • funding of joint educational activities.

The results and outcomes of the FUSENET project include:

  • The FUSENET association to provide a permanent basis for FUSENET (http://www.fusenet.eu)
  • The FUSENET website with educational materials, news and training  and job opportunities in fusion research
  • a summer programme for master students
  • online courses and textbooks for university students
  • financial support for students to participate in various educational activities.

The project covered all education levels; however, the emphasis on the master level.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Coordinator: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands, www.tue.nl/en/


Programme: FP7

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Target groups: secondary school students, teachers, university students

Topic: Energy, Nuclear technology, Physics

Start year: 2008

End year: 2012

Url: http://www.fusenet.eu/

Contact person: Tiny Verbruggen; Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, m.j.m.verbruggen (at) tue.nl

The activities of the Fusenet project were split into several packages, each aimed at one or more specific objectives:

  • to develop an effective and sustainable network between fusion research institutes, industry and higher education institutes, and to consolidate the network by forming a FUSENET Association
  • to develop, establish and maintain an attractive, dynamic and professional website
  • to make a complete inventory of existing fusion teaching activities, best educational practices of other organisations/fields, and identify links to related fields
  • to develop a transparent programme of individual learning opportunities such as (summer) internships, traineeships and visits, for different target groups such as secondary school teachers, Bachelor/Master (science and engineering) students
  • to develop a detailed plan for the organisation of an annual EU-wide event for PhD students in the same phase of their research
  • to identify a list of common educational goals and core curricula at Master and PhD level, and to establish the rules for awarding a "European Master in Magnetic Fusion Science and Engineering" certificate
  • to increase access to fusion experimental facilities for students, by improving and making better use of existing experiments for teaching purposes, by developing new hands-on experiments, and by organising training courses for students to use the hardware
  • to identify existing Master level educational material and to develop a plan for producing a top-quality Master-level text on fusion technology subjects
  • to develop multimedia teaching materials
  • to organise joint educational activities at Master and PhD level.

Teacher and students at primary and secondary level can benefit from FUSENET activities and results in several ways:

  • Educational Material: films, booklets, brochures, websites, picture galleries, etc.
  • Educational Activities, support, from local organisations and laboratories, in your native language. This can involve lessons given by active fusion researchers, packages with educational material tuned to the local system, group visits to laboratories, etc.

The best way to access these opportunities is to contact directly one of the Fusenet members or a local fusion research association. The FUSENET association can help teacher and schools to identify the appropriate partner and establish the contacts.

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