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On Monday 5 June our IET Women in STEM talks were brought to a close by Kim Cave-Ayland from the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

At the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, engineers and physicists are working to create a safe, low-pollution power source that could change the world. When the team of engineers and physicists at Culham fire up their reactor, they create plasma hotter than the centre of the sun and for a few brief moments, Culham becomes the hottest single point in the solar system.

Dr Kim Cave-Ayland is an engineer working on the systems that keep plasma under control and safely in the confines of the reactor. She described to the audience at UTC Reading that the discovery of fusion energy was “one of the most important scientific breakthroughs we’ve ever had” and delivered a fantastic presentation on CCFE and her exciting work on creating stars.

Our IET Women in STEM talks have proved to be a great success and we will be hosting further talks throughout the next academic year. Please keep an eye on our website and follow us on social media to keep up to date with our plans.

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