Our Fusion Future—Lawrence Livermore Director Kim Budil

In late 2022, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory made a long-sought breakthrough, achieving self-sustaining “fusion ignition” for the first time, generating more fusion energy than the laser energy used to start the reaction. Supporters see fusion as a game changer for production of unlimited clean energy that can help to address climate change globally. 

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Kimberly Budil, director of Lawrence Livermore, about the significance of this achievement. Dr. Budil is the 13th director of Lawrence Livermore. A physicist, she is an expert on high-energy-density science and laser experiments. She has held numerous technical and leadership roles at LLNL, served on assignment as a scientific advisor in the Department of Energy, and was the vice president for national labs at the University of California Office of the President. She is the first woman to serve as LLNL director.

We look forward to seeing you for an inspiring evening with one of the Bay Area’s key scientific leaders, discussing where Lawrence Livermore's fusion research could lead and how long it might take to positively impact our energy future.


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Kim Budil

Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Katie Hafner

Journalist; Host and Co-Executive Producer, "Lost Women of Science"—Moderator