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084 England | Full Member UKSPA Directory 2017 Culham Science Centre is an internationally renowned centre for fusion energy research and development Culham Science Centre L ocati on Abingdon Oxfordshire OX14 3DB C ontact detai l s Caroline Livingstone Head of Property T: 01235 466 247 E: Culham Science Centre is the hottest place on the planet and home to some of the world’s coolest science. A major employment location in Oxfordshire, Culham is a key part of the globally significant science, technology, and innovation cluster known as Science Vale Oxford. As well as being an internationally renowned centre for fusion energy R & D and home of the European JET facility, currently the world’s largest fusion research machine, it also has a diverse community of over 40 public and private sector organisations comprising some 2,500 jobs. Culham is a great location for business to thrive: a place to create, a place to innovate, a place to grow. The Culham Science Centre Communit y Owned and managed by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Culham Science Centre combines world-class publicly funded research into fusion power, commercial technology organisations and an Innovation Centre, to create a powerhouse of high-technology innovation and enterprise in South Oxfordshire, just a few miles south of the city of Oxford. Sited in one of the most successful science locations in the country, reflecting the cross-cutting and inter-disciplinary nature of the strengths of the Science Val Oxford cluster, Culham Science Centre hosts a wide range of organisations. Examples include: • Reaction Engines Ltd, an exciting aerospace company developing the technologies needed for an advanced combined-cycle air-breathing rocket engine that will enable aircraft to operate easily at speeds of up to five times the speed of sound or fly directly into Earth orbit; • Aurox Ltd, a leading imaging equipment company, with its origins in Oxford University, which is developing new optical imaging techniques and products; and • GeneFirst, a growing molecular diagnostics company working in the fields of infectious diseases, cancer diagnostics, and personal medicine. Culham Science Centre is a secure campus‑based environment with its own restaurant, coffee and deli bars, shop, meeting rooms, lecture theatre as well as sports and social facilities. With a train station just 5 minutes walk away, supported by excellent transport links, Culham is the place to do business in Oxfordshire. UK AEA business activities at Culham Science Centre Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE): CCFE is home to the Joint European Torus (JET) and the fusion- research arm of the UKAEA. JET is the world's largest magnetic-confinement fusion device and has been hosted at Culham since the late seventies. CCFE also hosts another fusion- research device, the Mega Ampere Spherical Tokamak (MAST). An upgrade to MAST will be operational in late 2017.