Besides great waves and the sunny beaches of Portugal, the 2nd edition of the PlasmaSurf summer school (20-25 July) is a good way to get trained in the basic aspects of plasma physics, high power lasers and nuclear fusion.
ENC is the annual European conference for nuclear technology. This years edition will be held in May 2014 in Marseille and feature an embedded meeting 'Future Fission & Fusion', dedicated to the latest developments on future fission and fusion projects.
This annual conference covers a wide range of plasma physics topics. This year's EPS is held in June in Berlin and covers everything from nuclear fusion research to the low temperature plasmas, as well as space and astrophysical plasmas.
The New Yorker published an extensive article on the ITER project, with an historical, political an technical perspective on the events that lead up to project and the steps ahead to achieve commercial fusion energy.