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28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2020)

12–17 October 2020, Nice, France

28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2020)

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.

Side Events

Exhibitions on fusion technology and satellite meetings are expected to take place during the conference.

Key Deadlines

  • 11 February-16 March 2020: Electronic submission of synopses through IAEA-INDICO
  • 27 March 2020: Submission of Forms A, B and C to the IAEA through official channels
  • 15 June 2020: Notification of acceptance of contributions
  • 31 July-28 September 2020: Submission of manuscripts 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
  • 12 October 2020: Conference commences
  • 17 October 2020: Conference ends
  • 27 November 2020: Deadline for submitting overview oral and overview poster papers, as well as summary papers via email for publication in Nuclear Fusion
  • 8 January 2021: Deadline for submitting regular oral and regular poster papers via email for publication in Nuclear Fusion
  • December 2020 (approximately): Conference material on web page

Beginning of On-site Registration

Sunday, 11 October 2020.


To demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, the IAEA will organize this conference as a 'green meeting' according to the guidelines of the Austrian Ecolabel.

There will be a focus on the areas of paper smart documentation, waste reduction and recycling, and environmentally friendly catering.

Conference app

The IAEA Conferences and Meetings App provides a one-stop access to information on the Conference, exhibitions and scheduled side events. The app also allows users to put together their own personalized schedule of events. Via this app participants will be able to view contributed papers and the latest conference programme, message other participants, and view PowerPoint presentations released after the event. Participants will receive an email inviting them to register for the app approximately one week before the conference.

For iPhone or iPad users, get your free download through the Apple iTunes Store; those with Android devices can visit the Google Play Store.


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