Advances in Nuclear Fusion Science (Polytech - SOKENDAI)*

Summer School - Online/Hybrid (* in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency)
July 26 - July 30, 2021

The course will be held online but 3 participation options are available for certain individuals:

Option 1 - online.

Option 2 - hybrid. Due to massive and continuous vaccination in Russia and resuming international air and railway service with 29 countries we offer a hybrid online/on-campus summer school option to students holding citizenship of:

the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Turkey, Switzerland, Egypt, Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Korea, Cuba, Serbia, Japan, the Seychelles, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Qatar, Finland, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece, Singapore, Venezuela, Germany, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka.

You can join the online course for 160 euro (+4000 Rub for reg. fee) but come to St. Petersburg to take touristic advantages for the duration of the program and attend online classes at your dormitory/hostel.

If you choose Option 2, just apply for the online course here and inform us on your choice via email to get further instructions.

Would you like to gain more adavanced knowledge in plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion? Welcome to our course!

Advances in Nuclear Fusion Science 
Advances in Nuclear Fusion Science
  • Brief description

    * This is a new Summer School module oriented at Master and PhD students specializing in high-temperature plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion. The lecturers are scientific researchers working and publishing in the corresponding field. The purpose is to give the young participants the possibility to learn directly from the authors of the contemporary scientific publications contributing to the development of the physics basis of the controlled nuclear fusion.

    * Fundamental scientific results by Polytech and SOKENDAI have found applications in physics of tokamaks, stellarators/heliotrons and other related fields. Scientists from both institutions will give lectures in their areas of expertise.

    * Controlled nuclear fusion is the most complex scientific and technical task the mankind has ever encountered. The demand for a clean, accessible, and dependable energy source is recognized and corresponds to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Topic Cluster "Magnetoplasma; Tokamak Devices; Plasmas" is within top 25% in the world by prominence according to the SciVal portal by Elsevier.

    * The tokamak was invented in Russia in early 1950s. In 1969 under the leadership of academician L.A. Artsimovich a controlled thermonuclear fusion in a tokamak was implemented in laboratory conditions for the first time in the world. In 2020 the ITER tokamak assembly started. The JT-60SA tokamak is now being prepared for the first plasma experiments in Japan. These devices are major milestones on the path to DEMO, i.e. a demonstration nuclear fusion power plant. ITER is to demonstrate the integration of science, technology, and safety features for a fusion reactor. JT-60SA is aimed at key physics issues for ITER and DEMO.

Duration: 1 week

ECTS credits: 2.0

Participation fee:

Online format: 160 Euro

Hybrid format: 160 Euro + 4000 Rub (non-refundable registration fee for the Letter of Invitation)

Participation fee includes tuition fee, study materials, field trips and cultural program.

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive hard copies of certificates with ECTS credits (mailed by post in case of the online format of the Summer School).

We are proud to offer the limited numbers of tuition fee waiver to excellent, highly motivated students to study on our summer schools.

All applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

- Be a citizen of one of the countries from the IAEA

- Submit a CV and a Motivation Letter e via e-mail:

The application deadline for the tuition fee waiver is May 17, 2021

All the applicants will be evaluated by academic coordinators of the course.

Successful applicants will be notified in the week commencing May 31, 2021

  • Cultural program

    Online format:*

    • - Online Pub Quiz;
    • - Online Interactive Tour to SPbPU Museum;
    • - Online broadcasting of excursion to the Hermitage museum;

    Cultural program in the Hybrid format is discussed with participants individually.

    *All of the listed above activities are planned to take place but in case any of those will have to be cancelled, an alternative event will be offered to participants.


Provided only for the Hybrid or the Tailor-made formats:

  • on campus at the university dormitory
  • off-campus at partner hostels in the city center

Details of the options and booking procedures will be discussed with each applicant individually.

Advances in Nuclear Fusion Science
Advances in Nuclear Fusion Science 

Deadline for registration

Online format: July 12, 2021

Hybrid format:

- for EU- or visa-free countries nationals: June 28, 2021

- for non-EU nationals: May 17, 2021


  • Entrance requirements
    • - Good command of English. All classes and extracurricular activities are carried out in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required;
    • - The course is suitable for Master and PhD students specializing in plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion.
  • Course description
    • Lecture topics
    • IAEA
    • "An overview of advances in global fusion research" (M. Barbarino)
    • Kurchatov Inst.
    • "Synergy of Fusion and Fission - prospective development option" (B. Kuteev)
    • Polytech & Ioffe Inst.
    • - “Fast ion diagnostics in tokamaks” (N. Bakharev)
    • - “Distributions of nuclear fusion products in plasma” (P. Goncharov)
    • - “Quasineutrality. Ambipolar Diffusion” (V. Rozhansky)
    • - “Review of lithium technologies in fusion programme” (V. Sergeev)
    • - “Microwave Diagnostics of Tokamak Plasmas” (N. Teplova)
    • - "Beam emission spectroscopy" (K. Ida)
    • - "Neutron diagnostics in magnetic confinement fusion" (M. Isobe)
    • - "Impurity transport in stellarators and its control" (N. Tamura)
    • - "MHD properties in high beta helical plasmas" (K. Watanabe)

Program partners:

  • japan SOKENDAI: The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Japan)
  • National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute"
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Professors and lecturers:

  • Dr. P. Goncharov, Head of Advanced Plasma Research Laboratory, Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia)
  • Dr. V. Rozhansky,Professor, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia)
  • Dr. V. Sergeev, Professor, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia)
  • Dr. N. Teplova, Research Scientist, A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
  • Dr. N. Bakharev, Research Scientist, A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
  • Dr. M. Barbarino, Nuclear Plasma Fusion Specialist, Physics Section, Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, IAEA
  • Dr. B. Kuteev, Vice Head of Tokamak Division of Kurchatov Complex for Nuclear Fusion and Plasma Technologies, National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute"
  • japanDr. K. Ida, Professor, National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
  • japanDr. M. Isobe, Professor, National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
  • japanDr. N. Tamura, Associate Professor, National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
  • japanDr. K. Watanabe, Professor, National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)


Summer and Winter Schools Team