STAR MAKERS: The Energy of Tomorrow

20 October, 6:00 pm

2hr 15 minFrom £8

Film / discussion | Environment & Nature, Physics, Engineering

STAR MAKERS: The Energy of Tomorrow

The Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1BN

Have you heard about the Joint European Torus, the world’s largest star machine in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside? The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has been pushing its boundaries to test the fusion fuels for the future. This new documentary film (rating U) shows how scientists and engineers overcame all obstacles to break a world record.

Join fusion scientists for a post-film discussion.

Doors open at 6pm with the film screening starting at 6.25pm. A bar will be available.

Dr Valerie Jamieson is Development Manager for The Fusion Cluster. Valerie’s role encourages collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation between companies and organisations interested in fusion energy and all the technologies that make it happen. She recently joined UKAEA after many years at New Scientist and has a PhD in particle physics from the University of Glasgow.



Dr Tim Bestwick is UKAEA Chief Technology Officer and Director of Strategy, Communications and Business Development. Tim joined UKAEA mid-2018 after leading commercialization and innovation at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (working on frontier science, space technology and ‘big science’ facilities) and the successful development of the major research and innovation campuses at Harwell and Daresbury. Before this he worked for a couple of technology start-ups, Sharp and IBM. He was recently the Chair of the Eureka Network, the major international business to business innovation network.



Dr Joe Milnes is Head of JET Operations at UKAEA. Joe joined UKAEA as a graduate engineer in 2000 and has held a variety of engineering and management roles across the JET, MAST-U and ITER fusion projects.  His current role sees him leading the largest fusion experiment currently operating anywhere in the world.



Watch the trailer now


The Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, Cowley Road, Oxford, UK OX4 1BN