From its early beginnings, the International Atomic Energy Agency has taken a special interest in supporting and promoting the activities in the field of controlled thermonuclear fusion and disseminating the results of the global research effort. For over forty years, the IAEA has published the Nuclear Fusion journal, which features the latest developments and significant achievements in fusion research and stands out as the leading publication in the field. The IAEA's biennial Fusion Energy Conferences have presented a venue for researchers and scientists to present their work, exchange information and discuss new ideas with their colleagues from around the world. Furthermore, through the publication of its periodic surveys of the world-wide research in controlled thermonuclear fusion, the IAEA has provided a comprehensive overview of the broad spectrum of activities in the field.

The World Survey of Activities in Controlled Fusion Research contains extensive information on the research institutes and scientists engaged in nuclear fusion research throughout the world.