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28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2020)

10–15 May 2021

28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2020)

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be held virtually.

Persons who want to register as official participants should send their completed Participation Form (Form A) through the competent official authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority) of an IAEA Member State or through an invited organization. Should you require the contact details of one of these offices please contact the conference coordinator. Officially designated participants are automatically registered to the virtual platform and have access to all features of the platform. They will receive their personal login and password by 8 May 2021.

Persons who want to register as observers can do so via this link by 7 May 2021. They will receive their personal login and password by 8 May 2021. Observers registering after 7 May 2021 will get their personal login and password with a delay of a few hours. Observers will not have access to the Q&A feature of the virtual platform.

Register here for the 28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference to get access to all side events.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fosters the exchange of scientific and technical results in nuclear fusion research and development through its series of Fusion Energy Conferences. The 28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2020) aims to provide a forum for the discussion of key physics and technology issues as well as innovative concepts of direct relevance to the use of nuclear fusion as a future source of energy.


With a number of next-step fusion devices currently being implemented — such as ITER (‘International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor’) in Cadarache, France, and the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator in Greifswald, Germany — and in view of the concomitant need to demonstrate the technological feasibility of fusion power plants, as well as the economic viability of this method of energy production, the fusion community is now facing new challenges. The way these challenges are addressed will determine the direction of research in the present and coming decades.

The scientific scope of FEC 2020 is, therefore, intended to reflect the priorities of this new era in fusion energy research. The conference aims to serve as a platform for sharing the results of research and development efforts in both national and international fusion experiments that have been shaped by these new priorities, and to thereby help in pinpointing worldwide advances in fusion theory, experiments, technology, engineering, safety and socio-economics. Furthermore, the conference will also set these results against the backdrop of the requirements for a net energy-producing fusion device and a fusion power plant in general, and will thus help in defining the way forward.

With the participation of international organizations such as the ITER International Fusion Energy Organization and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), as well as the collaboration of more than 40 countries and a great number of research institutes, including those working on smaller plasma devices, it is expected that this conference will, like previous conferences in the series, serve to identify the possibilities and means for continuous and effective international collaboration in this area.

Programme Structure

The overall conference programme will consist of an opening session, selected overview sessions, technical sessions with invited and contributed papers, summary sessions, daily poster sessions and a closing session. During the conference, the 2020 Nuclear Fusion Award winner will be announced, and both the 2019 and 2020 prizes presented.

Target Audience

The conference aims to bring together senior scientific fusion project leaders; plasma physicists including theoreticians and experimentalists; experts in the various multidisciplinary fields of fusion science and technology; materials engineers; and operators of fusion devices.

Key Deadlines

  • 11 February-16 March 2020: Electronic submission of synopses through IAEA-INDICO
  • 14 April 2020: Submission of Forms B and C to the IAEA through official channels
  • 15 June 2020: Notification of acceptance of contributions
  • 31 July 2020: Opening of manuscript submission through IAEA-INDICO
  • 21 September 2020: Deadline for submission of post-deadline synopses in pdf via email together with officially endorsed forms A and B
  • 9 April 2021: Deadline for submitting manuscripts through IAEA-INDICO
  • 15 April 2021: Deadline for submitting recording talks
  • 10 May 2021: Conference commences
  • 15 May 2021: Conference ends
  • 31 May 2021: Deadline for submitting papers arising from the FEC presentations via Manuscript Central for publication in Nuclear Fusion
  • July 2021: Conference material on web page

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