Most of the research is carried out at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and is closely coordinated with related international programmes. The programme focuses on the following main areas:
The aim behind nuclear fusion research is to find a way to exploit an important future energy source. Practically all research is carried out at the Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, which is involved in corresponding international programmes, in particular Euratom. The large scale International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, ITER) is currently being developed within the scope of international cooperation. The aim here is to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility, as well as the safety, of nuclear fusion.