A State of the Art Innovation & Science Campus

Culham Campus offers a stimulating campus environment for a thriving community of like-minded people, who are passionate about making a difference across sectors including: fusion energy, robotics, autonomous vehicles, aerospace and life sciences.

It is a dynamic place that brings together industry, academia and investors focusing on high technology innovation.


A national centre for fusion research since 1965

Culham Campus, formerly known as the Royal Naval Air Station HMS Hornbill, has a rich history dating back to its commissioning in 1944. In the late 1950s, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority selected Culham as an ideal location for a state-of-the-art laboratory dedicated to plasma physics and fusion research. Construction began in the early 1960s, and the laboratory officially opened in 1965. Today, Culham Campus is home to the largest Fusion Technology Cluster and supporting fusion energy technologies.

UK Atomic Energy Authority

A World Leader in Sustainable Fusion Energy

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is the national research organisation for the development of fusion energy. UKAEA’s programmes include the MAST Upgrade (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak) experiment, the JET (Joint European Torus) fusion research facility and STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) – an ambitious programme to accelerate the delivery of fusion energy, with plans to deliver a prototype powerplant.

UKAEA also undertakes cutting edge work with academia, other research organisations and the industrial supply chain in a wide spectrum of areas, including Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) – UKAEA’s dedicated state of the art centre for robotics, Materials Research Facility (MRF), Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) – which offers hi-tech training for apprentices, and the Special Techniques Group – a highly-skilled material joining facility with more than 40 years of experience in industry.


Culham Innovation Centre 

Culham Innovation Centre is managed by Oxford Innovation and provides specialist workspace and business support services for start-ups and growing businesses in the science and technology sector.

For further information, visit: culham-ic.co.uk

Culham Conference Centre

At Culham Conference Centre, flexibility is built in. Our versatility allows us to host large lectures in our tiered 234 seated lecture theatre, networking in our open foyer areas or boardroom meetings for 2 – 24 people with ease. All our conference rooms provide the latest HD ready technology and comfort.

Call us on 01235 466885 or email info@culhamconferencecentre.co.uk for more information.

Future plans

UKAEA has a clear and ambitious strategy to grow and redevelop the campus contributing towards our mission to lead the delivery of sustainable fusion energy and maximuse the scientific and economic benefit .

The campus will need to develop and grow to support our corporate goals.

Our Framework Masterplan shows the high-level vision for the Culham Campus of the future. 

Framework Masterplan