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At the PRIMA neutral beam test facility in Padua, Italy, the key technologies of ITER's powerful heating neutral beam system will be tested and qualified on two test beds. Experimental activity on the first of these test beds, SPIDER (for Source for the Production of Ions of Deuterium Extracted from a Radio frequency plasma), is launched in June 2018 with the successful achievement of its first plasma.
11 June 2018Download
ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot accompanies French President Macron during his state visit to Washington D.C. in late April. On the President's agenda were discussions on US support for the ITER Project. (In the picture, the President addresses the US Congress.)
24 April 2018Download
The self-described ''child of the space age" and founder, with Stephen Hawking, of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative to send probes to the Proxima Centauri system 4.37 light years away, left his tour of ITER impressed by the undertaking and convinced that international collaboration is the only way to make fusion energy a reality. Pursuing fusion energy, like exploring distant star systems he says, "is building the cathedrals of the 21st century."
12 April 2018Download
February at ITER opened with a high-stakes visit from the Committee on A Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research. The Committee, operating under the auspices of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, has been charged with reviewing the overall state of magnetic confinement fusion research in the United States. A key outcome of the review is to be a recommended strategy for going forward—with or without ITER—in a way that preserves the US status as a leader in burning plasma research.¶The Committee publicly released its interim report on 21 December 2017. (The report can be found on the National Academies Press website www.nap.edu)
05 February 2018Download
The ITER Organization and the Domestic Agencies have collectively passed the 50 percent mark to First Plasma. With 95 percent of design work, 53 percent of manufacturing and construction, and 17 percent of shipping and deliveries completed for work scope related to initial operation, the project has passed an important milestone.
06 December 2017Download
The European Commission holds an ITER Industry Day on 4 December in Brussels to demonstrate that fusion is already bringing concrete opportunities for industry and has a positive effect on research and innovation. "ITER and fusion are not about dreams and science-fiction but about hard facts, real jobs, concrete technologies, buildings getting off the ground and components being manufactured," stressed the EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete.
04 December 2017Download
For the twenty-first ITER Council (IC-21) held since the creation of the ITER Organization, representatives from the Members meet at Headquarters from 15 to 16 November. New performance measurement capabilities and a recent Management Assessment allow the ITER Council to confirm that the ITER Project remains on track for success. Each Member continues to work to approve the project's cost baseline, as previously agreed (IC-19).
16 November 2017Download
The ITER Organization, which was established by international agreement in November 2006, formally came into existence eleven months later as ratification procedures were concluded by all Members. In November 2017, 10 years later, a birthday celebration is held at ITER Headquarters in the margins of the 21st ITER Council.
15 November 2017Download
French President Emmanuel Macron makes a brief stop at the ITER stand during a visit to the exhibition zone of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, following his plenary remarks to the conference on 15 November.
15 November 2017Download
Experts from operating tokamaks and other scientific facilities around the world have agreed to meet regularly as part of the ITER Operations Network. This group has been established to support the ITER Organization in planning for the commissioning and operational phases of the machine. The kick-off meeting was held at ITER in September.
27 September 2017Download
During the Twentieth ITER Council meeting in St. Paul-lez-Durance on 21-22 June 2017, the representatives of China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States reaffirm their joint commitment to the mission and vision of the Project. All Members note rapid on-site construction progress and reports on milestones successfully achieved in the delivery of components.
21 June 2017Download
The ITER Organization signs the second non-Member technical Cooperation Agreement of its history on 11 June 2017 with the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Agreement opens the way to the exchange of technical experts, access to Kazakhstan's KTM tokamak for materials testing, and the development of diagnostics for ITER. (The second non-Member agreement was signed in September 2016 with Australia.)
11 June 2017Download
Japan's State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Toshiei Mizuochi, visits ITER at the beginning of May. He is accompanied on site by ITER Deputy Director-General Eisuke Tada and Director-General Bigot (blue hats).
03 May 2017Download
Over 1,000 people attend the 2017 ITER Business Forum in Avignon, France from 28 to 30 March, an event organized to familiarize company representatives with upcoming business opportunities linked to ITER construction. The 2017 event takes place in the historic Palais des Papes in Avignon, France.
29 March 2017Download
Portugal's Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education—Manuel Heitor (centre, smiling)—visits ITER on 6 February 2017 with a delegation of 20 researchers, technologists and entrepreneurs. The purpose of the visit is to stimulate new business opportunities and increase Portuguese participation in ITER.
06 February 2017Download
During the Nineteenth ITER Council meeting in St. Paul-lez-Durance on 16-17 November 2016, the ITER Council approves the overall project schedule through nuclear-phase operations (2035) and approves the overall project cost "ad referendum" (subject to national approval processes).
16 November 2016Download
The new Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Ian Chapman (middle), visits ITER on 10 November. Professor Chapman is in charge of the UK's magnetic confinement fusion research program at the Culham Science Centre (JET and MAST tokamaks) and of fusion-relevant high-tech activities like materials research and robotics.
10 November 2016Download
With the signature of a Cooperation Agreement on 30 September 2016, a framework is now in place between the ITER Organization and Australia for technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest and benefit. Representing the Australian fusion community for the purposes of the agreement is ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), Australia's national nuclear research and development organization.
30 September 2016Download
When Cadarache was chosen as the site for ITER in 2005, the local PACA region (for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur), the six departments that make up the PACA region, and the greater Aix-en-Provence metropolitan area pledged monetary support to the project over a period of ten years. In September 2016, during a meeting of the funders at ITER, an additional contribution is pledged by the president of the PACA region, Christian Estrosi (second from left).
15 September 2016Download
Visiting ITER for the second time in five years, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, measures the progress in construction and manufacturing. "ITER's impressive work is crucial to advancing research in [fusion]. We look forward to our continued collaboration with ITER towards facilitating fusion research." Since the late 1980s, the IAEA has provided a forum for collaboration among countries interested in demonstrating the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy for peaceful purposes.
06 September 2016Download
On 1 July 2016, a delegation of Iranian nuclear specialists and government officials—including two of the Republic's twelve vice presidents—visit ITER. The object of their visit? To better understand the nature and scope of the project and the status of manufacturing and construction. Iran has a longstanding research program focused on various approaches to fusion and applications of plasma technology.
01 July 2016Download
In June 2016, the ITER Organization signs a EUR 174 million construction management contract with the MOMENTUM consortium, led by Amec Foster Wheeler (UK) in partnership with Assystem (France) and KEPCO Engineering and Construction (Korea). Working as part of the ITER Organization construction team, MOMENTUM will coordinate and supervise the assembly-phase work.
28 June 2016Download
During a two-day meeting on 15-16 June 2016, the ITER Council endorses a Resource-Loaded Integrated Schedule for the project as proposed by the ITER Organization. This schedule focuses on the achievement of First Plasma in December 2025.
15 June 2016Download
The ITER Council meets for an extraordinary session on 27 April 2016 in Paris to receive the assessment of the ITER Council Independent Review Group on the updated project schedule and associated resources. The Council concludes that the report provides the external validation necessary to continue on to the final refinement of the schedule, to be presented at the ITER Council in June. Photo Arnaud Calais
27 April 2016Download
On 20 April 2016, Director-General Bernard Bigot testifies on the status of the ITER Project before the Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy of the US House of Representatives. He gives an account of the sweeping changes set into place in 2015 and emphasizes the importance of ITER to the advancement of magnetic confinement fusion.
20 April 2016Download
For the third time, actors from the worlds of energy, high technology, fusion and industry gather in Monaco for a four-day program dedicated to informing industry about the challenges of ITER components and systems and the business opportunities ahead. Some 578 participants from 283 companies attend MIIFED-IBF 2016 (for the Monaco-ITER International Fusion Energy Days and the ITER Business Forum) which, like the previous editions in 2010 and 2013, is held under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco (pictured).
08 February 2016Download
On the opening day of the MIIFED 2016 conference, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco meets with the five researchers who were awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the Principality of Monaco in 2014 to work at the ITER Organization in 2015-2016. This is the fourth group of ITER postdoctoral fellows funded by Monaco under a Partnership Arrangement with the ITER Organization. (MIIFED = Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days)
08 February 2016Download
In January 2016, the ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot launches the ITER Scientist Fellow program in order to create a network of scientists and physicists working on simulation and theory within the research laboratories and institutes of the ITER Members, with strongly reinforced ties to ITER Project and the ITER team. Fellows will be drawn from leading researchers in the Members' fusion communities who have achieved international recognition for their contributions to fusion research. "The 25- to 30-year-old researchers today will be in charge of operating the machine tomorrow," according to the Director-General. "If they don't 'take ownership' of it in a figurative sense before then, they will not be ready to take full advantage of the machine capacities in due time."
05 January 2016Download
Completed components for the ITER plant have been arriving on site since September 2014. But a major milestone was reached in December 2015 as the first elements of the ITER machine reached Saint-Paul-lez-Durance—460 tonnes of cryostat base segments delivered by India to the on-site Cryostat Workshop. Assembly and welding will being in mid-2016.
14 December 2015Download
The ITER Council convened for its seventeenth meeting (IC-17) on 18-19 November 2015 at ITER Headquarters. The Council acknowledged the much-improved understanding of the scope, sequencing, risks, and costs of the ITER Project that has resulted from a detailed 2015 review of all activities leading to First Plasma. Following an independent audit of the overall schedule and associated resources, the ITER Council plans to reach agreement on the overall schedule through First Plasma by June 2016.
18 November 2015Download
Eleven Procurement Arrangements, six Domestic Agencies, twenty suppliers ... the procurement of 2,800 tonnes of cable-in-conduit conductors for ITER's magnet systems has truly been a global enterprise. In September 2015, during the fourteenth and final Conductor Meeting, a commemorative plaque is unveiled at ITER Headquarters in recognition of all actors.
16 September 2015Download
On 20 August 2015, at Air Liquide's factory in Sassenage, France, French President François Hollande signs an industrial component destined for ITER's liquid helium plant.Download
During a visit to Air Liquide's factory in Sassenage, France on 20 August 2015, French President François Hollande (centre) is briefed on the company's involvement in ITER. (Air Liquide is building ITER's liquid helium and liquid nitrogen plants and has also won the contract for the engineering, procurement and testing of the cryoplant and auxiliary systems.) President Hollande signed his name on one of the three "cold boxes" under construction for the liquid helium plant. Also present for the occasion was ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot (second from right) and the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal (in blue).
20 August 2015Download
Gathered for the sixteenth ITER Council on 17-18 June 2015, the representatives of the seven ITER Members are pleased to note the visible progress in construction, the start of component delivery, and progress in manufacturing, as well as the vision and actions to date of the new Director-General Bernard Bigot to achieve a project-oriented organization.
18 June 2015Download
Two former French ministers tour the ITER worksite on 15 June 2015, accompanied by a large delegation. On the right, Christian Estrosi, mayor of Nice, was Deputy Minister of Land Management in 2005 when the site decision for ITER was taken; he set up the local steering committee to accompany the project's implementation in the region. Renaud Muselier, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2005 (centre, facing Mr Estrosi), is currently European Deputy. At left, the yachtswoman Maud Fontenoy, ambassador delegate for the environment for The Republican party in France.
15 June 2015Download
On 27 May 2015, the Chinese ambassador to France, Mr Zhai Jun (centre left), visits ITER as part of a diplomatic tour of southern France. Centre right: ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot.
27 May 2015Download
During a two-day media event hosted by the ITER Organization in May 2015, journalists from China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the US have a chance to question Director-General Bernard Bigot on his vision for the project and the changes he has set into motion.
18 May 2015Download
On 6 May 2015 Martine Vassal, the newly elected president of the Conseil départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône, tours the ITER site in the company of Director-General Bernard Bigot (far left). Also pictured: Gérard GAZAY, mayor of Aubagne, and Pierre-Marie Delplanque, managing director of the ITER Itinerary coordination cell (far right).
06 May 2015Download
A record 864 people participate in the fifth ITER Business Forum, held from 25 to 27 March in Marseille, France. Organized to inform interested companies about ITER business opportunities—and also to provide the setting for companies to partner together for upcoming tender offers—the participants came from 26 countries and represented 406 companies.
26 March 2015Download
On 5 March 2015, during an Extraordinary Meeting in Paris, the ITER Council appoints Bernard Bigot (right) as the third Director-General in the history of the ITER Organization, succeeding Osamu Motojima (left), who has led the project since 2010.
05 March 2015Download
On Wednesday 14 January 2015, the first Highly Exceptional Load for ITER arrives as planned on site. A small welcoming committee is present to celebrate the symbolic event. In the years to come, 250 Highly Exceptional Loads will travel along the ITER Itinerary to reach the ITER site.
14 January 2015Download
The governing body of the ITER Organization meets for the fifteenth time on 19-20 November 2014. The Council welcomes progress on the construction site as well as actions underway by the ITER Organization and the seven Members to enhance project execution. The Council also nominates Bernard Bigot (currently Chairman of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA) to succeed Osamu Motojima as the Director-General of the ITER Organization.
19 November 2014Download
On 19 November 2014, Pierre-Franck Chevet, the president of the French Nuclear Safety Authority ASN (Autorité de sureté nucléaire), visits the ITER worksite.
19 November 2014Download
One truck, just a few crates ... but a milestone nonetheless. The electrical components that arrive on site on 4 September 2014 (shipped from the US Domestic Agency) kickoff the beginning of a new phase for ITER. Over the next years thousands of components will be shipped from around the world for installation into the ITER Tokamak and plant.
04 September 2014Download
With the completion of the B2 slab—the Tokamak Complex "floor"—on 27 August 2014, a new phase of ITER construction is beginning. Twelve metres below the surface of the platform, work is about to begin on the walls of the Diagnostic, Tokamak and Tritium buildings.
27 August 2014Download
As part of a European tour of strategic projects aimed at fighting climate change and facilitating the worldwide energy transition, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso (middle) visits ITER on 11 July 2014, accompanied by French Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research Geneviève Fioraso (right). "Eight years ago, along with President Chirac, I worked hard for ITER to be located here," said President Barroso as he surveyed ITER construction. "The European Commission is proud to have believed in this project." © LESENECHAL/PPV-AIX.COM
11 July 2014Download
The coordinator for CERN's High Luminosity LHC (HiLumi LHC) Project, Lucio Rossi, stands next to a model of the ITER machine. On site for a meeting of the CERN-ITER Collaboration steering committee, Dr Rossi gives an all-ITER seminar on the building of LHC and its planned upgrade to HiLumi LHC. The physicist, responsible for the construction of the Large Hadron Collider's magnets, has been part of the CERN-ITER Collaboration steering committee since its inception in 2008.
21 June 2014Download
On 18 and 19 June 2014, the governing body of the ITER Organization convened in St. Paul-lez-Durance, France under the chairmanship of Robert Iotti (US).¶The Council reviewed the progress of ITER construction and manufacturing. The ITER Organization reported on the arrival of components and the Council agreed on necessary changes to meet the challenges of construction and assembly. The Members discussed the current status of their activities and procurements as well as the need to finalize an updated schedule. The next ITER Council will be held in November 2014.
19 June 2014Download
Following the Fourteenth ITER Council in June 2014, Academician Evgeny Velikhov—the president of Russia's Kurchatov Institute, former Chair of the ITER Council and current member of the Russian delegation to the Council—gives an Inside ITER seminar on the concept of fusion-fission hybrid reactors. He describes this promising avenue of research, now part of the scientific program of the Kurchatov, as a "new opportunity for nuclear energy in the 21st century, with the capability to solve the challenges of limited resources of fissile isotopes and radio toxicity generation." (To learn more, see Newsline #248 for an earlier presentation on fusion-fission hybrid reactors.)
19 June 2014Download
Record-holding Jamie Edwards—the youngest student to build and operate a school-lab fusion experiment—visits ITER on 12 May 2014 as part of a two-day program organized for the media. The 14-year-old Lancashire (UK) student, who successfully ran his experiment when only 13, met members of the ITER team, toured the site and spoke of his interest in fusion. He also left with a small piece of the project—a sample of toroidal field coil niobium-tin conductor presented to him by the ITER Director-General. (In the picture, he is speaking with European Domestic Agency Director Henrik Bindslev.)
13 May 2014Download
Early on 8 April 2014, ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima congratulates the French authorities and the key actors from the Gendarmerie, Agence Iter France, and logistics service provider DAHER for the successful completion of the second ITER Itinerary test. Lessons learned from this second full-scale test will enrich the planning process for the first Highly Exceptional Loads for ITER (late 2014).
08 April 2014Download
The ITER Council meets on 13 February 2014 in an extraordinary session to respond to the recommendations of the third biennial management assessment (required by the ITER Agreement). The Council unanimously approved implementation of management reforms in response to all of the recommendations, covering the ITER Organization, the Domestic Agencies and the operation of the ITER Council and its subsidiary bodies.
13 February 2014Download
On the opening day of the MIIFED 2013 conference, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco meets with the five researchers who were awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the Principality of Monaco in 2012 to work at the ITER Organization in 2013-2014. This is the third group of ITER postdoctoral fellows funded by Monaco under a Partnership Arrangement with the ITER Organization. (MIIFED = Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days)
02 December 2013Download
The second Monaco-ITER International Fusion Energy Days (MIIFED 2013) are hosted by the Principality of Monaco from 2 to 4 December. Every three years MIIFED takes stock of what is at stake in the energy world and addresses how fusion and ITER can help to meet the challenges of the coming decades. (Pictured alongside ITER representatives are Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, second from left, and Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy.)
02 December 2013Download
The Thirteenth Meeting of the ITER Council takes place from 20-21 November 2013 in the Council Chamber at ITER Headquarters, concluding seven years to the day after the signature of the ITER Agreement at the Elysée Palace in Paris (21 November 2006).
21 November 2013Download
The ITER Organization and the seven Domestic Agencies are present at World Energy Congress (WEC) in Daegu, Korea alongside the world's largest energy stakeholders—policy makers, energy companies, industry experts and researchers—to debate the way to a sustainable energy future.
14 October 2013Download
The ITER Itinerary test convoy successfully completes the last leg of its four-night journey, arriving at the ITER site at 4:45 a.m. on Friday 20 September.
13 September 2013Download
Convened by Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner in charge of Energy, a ministerial-level meeting takes place at the ITER Headquarters on 6 September 2013. Ministerial representatives from the seven ITER Members are present, as well as Geneviève Fioraso, the French Minister of Higher Education and Research.
06 September 2013Download
Physicist Umberto Finzi retired from the European Commission in 2004 but continued to advise the Director General of Research until the conclusion of the ITER negotiations in 2006. Visiting the ITER site in late July, he comments, "During most of my professional life, ITER was a dream. You can imagine my emotion seeing these tons of steel and concrete!"
30 July 2013Download
The Twelfth ITER Council takes place in Tokyo, Japan on 19-20 June 2013. The governing board of the project reaffirms the importance of sustained efforts regarding schedule implementation, while recognizing the challenges due to the "first-of-a-kind" nature of ITER.
20 June 2013Download
Approximately 14 tonnes (737 m) of poloidal field dummy conductor are delivered to the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility on 3 June after a one-month sea voyage from China. This dummy conductor will help to qualify the tooling and manufacturing processes of ITER's large and powerful poloidal field coils.
03 June 2013Download
The ITER Organization has concluded its first licensing agreement against royalties with a private company. The licensing agreement pertains to a software application developed to display data on radiation calculations throughout the ITER facilities, and which has potential applications for technological areas outside of ITER.
22 April 2013Download
On 12 April 2013, former European Commissioner for Energy Philippe Busquin visits ITER with his family, some 12 years after coming to the site to support Cadarache's bid for the project. As Commissioner for Energy from 1999-2004, he was instrumental in moving ITER from the paper phase to the realization phase.
12 April 2013Download
The third ITER Business Forum, organized to provide international industry with updated information on the status of ITER, the procurement process, and calls for tender, is held from 21-22 March 2013 in Toulon, France. Over 700 participants from 24 countries attended, representing 386 companies, universities or research institutions.
21 March 2013Download
Fifty-three mayors from neighbouring municipalities visit ITER on 11 March 2013. Members of the Association des Maires d'Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, these mayors come from a rural department that pledged EUR 10 million to the ITER project.
11 March 2013Download
The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Maria van der Hoeven, visits ITER on 7 February 2013.
07 February 2013Download
On 1 February 2013, the ITER Organization signs a partnership arrangement with the French social security agency URSSAF Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) for the prevention and control of illegal labour practices among contractors on the ITER worksite. The convention stipulates the conditions under which URSSAF PACA will carry out labour controls and inspections and provide contractors and sub-contractors on the ITER site with training and information on French labour regulations.
01 February 2013Download
The ITER Headquarters building is inaugurated on 17 January 2013. Günther H. Oettinger (2nd from right), EU Commissioner for Energy, and Geneviève Fioraso (2nd from left), French Minister of Higher Education and Research—together with ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima—unveil the plaque that was created for the entrance of the building. (Also pictured, far left, Hugues Parant, Prefet for the PACA Region).
17 January 2013Download
On Tuesday, 11 December 2012, ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima and the Managing Director of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies, Xavier Vigor, signed the contract for the design, manufacturing, installation and commissioning of ITER's three identical liquid helium (LHe) plants. The liquid helium plants must be ready for the first assembly phase of ITER, in order to cool down the machine sub-systems for First Plasma.
11 December 2012Download
The Eleventh ITER Council is held in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France on 28-29 November 2012. One hundred delegates from the ITER Members meet for the first time in the Council Chamber of the newly completed ITER Headquarters building.
29 November 2012Download
The decree authorizing the ITER Organization to create the Installation nucléaire de base (INB) ITER in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France is signed by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and published in the "Journal Officiel" on 10 November 2012. ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima states on the occasion, "We never doubted the validity of our project. ITER safety has now been confirmed by a large body of outside, independent experts. This is indeed a great day for ITER."
10 November 2012Download
During an all-hands meeting in the Headquarters' brand-new amphitheatre on on 7 November 2012, staff is briefed on the outcome of the recent meetings of the project's scientific and managerial advisory committees. The Unique ITER Team—closely collaborating members of the ITER Organization and the Domestic Agencies—takes to the stage.
07 November 2012Download
Nearly 1,000 of the world's preeminent fusion researchers from 45 countries gathered in San Diego from 8-13 October 2012 to discuss the latest advances in fusion energy. ITER Director-General Motojima gives a status report on ITER in the first technical session of the meeting. Seventy of 400 papers and posters featured are ITER-related.
08 October 2012Download
On 13 August 2012, the ITER Organization signs a Memorandum of Understanding with China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to promote scientific and technological cooperation between the world-spanning network of laboratories and institutes engaged in fusion research. The agreement comprises "the exchange of and training of scientists, engineers, specialists, administrators and project managers with regard to mega-science projects for agreed periods of time; the organization of seminars and workshops; and the exchange of information and data on scientific and technical activities taking into account the Intellectual Property rules of the ITER project."
13 August 2012Download
The Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Hirofumi Hirano, visits ITER on 28 July 2012. Welcomed by the ITER Organization Director-General Osamu Motojima and Japanese staff, Minister Hirano highlights the "importance of the ITER project in the context of energy research," stressing that "this concern is shared by all countries in the world, not just by Japanese people."
28 July 2012Download
On Friday 13 July 2012, ITER receives the visit of local politician Jean-Noël Guérini, president of the Bouches-du-Rhône Council (Conseil général). Mr. Guérini has long been a vocal supporter of the ITER project; in 2002, the assembly he presided voted an envelope of EUR 152 million for ITER construction. The president of the Bouches-du-Rhône Council was accompanied by a large delegation of Council members and approximately 20 journalists. Pictured (front row): Jérôme Pamela, director of Agence Iter France; Laurent Schmieder, project manager at F4E for the Division for Site, Buildings and Power Supplies; Jean-Noël Guérini; ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima; Michel Claessens, Head of ITER Communication.
13 July 2012Download
On 6 July 2012, the ITER Organization welcomes Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "My hope is that ITER will open the door to fusion power and provide the ITER Members with the technology to design and build the first generation of fusion power stations. The challenge is huge, but I have faith in the ingenuity of human beings and the ability of our scientists and engineers to overcome even the most daunting technological hurdles," said the IAEA Director General on the occasion of his visit.
06 July 2012Download
The Tenth ITER Council is held in Washington D.C. on 20-21 June 2012.
22 June 2012Download
An official letter from the French Safety Authority (Agence de sûreté nucléaire - ASN) received on 20 June 2012 confirms that after months of in-depth technical examination, the ASN has judged that the ITER Organization's proposal on the operational conditions and design of the installation fulfils the expected safety requirements. In simpler terms, this long-expected green light means that the French government authorizes the construction of ITER. The final decree should be signed by the French President or his Prime Minister and issued in the last months of 2012. ¶
20 June 2012Download
Senior Engineering Officer Akko Maas holds a picture of the Tokamak Pole, taken in 2007. Five years later, he is standing at the same location, but 17 metres lower ... The sequence was shot by local French TV channel TLP as part of a program on ITER construction—the seventh in the series.
08 June 2012Download
On 14 May 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco meets with the five researchers who were awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the Principality of Monaco in 2011 to work at the ITER Organization in 2011-2012. This is the second group of ITER postdoctoral fellows funded by Monaco under a Partnership Arrangement with the ITER Organization.¶
14 May 2012Download
The ITER Organization and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, sign a three-year service contract that guarantees the availability of the SULTAN facility for the performance testing of ITER conductors. SULTAN is the only facility worldwide capable of testing the niobium-tin (Nb3Sn) and niobiumtitanium (NbTi) conductors that will be used in ITER.
26 April 2012Download
At the International Congress on Energy Security in Geneva (4-5 April 2012), the Director-General of the ITER Organization delivers the keynote speech. "The era of cheap and abundant energy is soon ending. The advantages of fusion energy, although not easy to achieve, are considerable. The universal availability of the fusion fuels will contribute to easing the international tensions that energy supply and demand currently generate," said Osamu Motojima (pictured).
04 April 2012Download
A ceremony is held in Padua, Italy on 27 February 2012 for the launch of the PRIMA Neutral Beam Test Facility (NBTF), which will house the development and testing of ITER's powerful neutral beams. Construction will begin in April 2012 on two facilities: SPIDER, designed to test the full-size ITER negative ion source (which is twice as large as any existing negative ion source); and MITICA, which is a full-scale test of the heating neutral beam injector. Consorzio RFX (Italy) and its national organization are providing the facility; Europe, Japan and India are contributing the components and the researchers.
27 February 2012Download
The Logistics Service Provider (LSP) Framework Contract—which provides for global transport, logistic and insurance services—is signed on 10 February 2012 with the European company DAHER by Director-General Osamu Motojima on behalf of the ITER Organization and the seven ITER Members. The contract establishes the conditions for the transport of ITER components from suppliers' factories to the ITER site. Every aspect related to the transport of ITER loads (customs management at departure and arrival, logistics, insurance, intermediate storage before delivery, handling, and final unloading at the ITER site) will be handled under the LSP contract.
10 February 2012Download
The ITER Organization and the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) sign a Memorandum of Understanding "to promote cooperation and exchange in all academic and scientific fields of mutual interest and to advance the training of young fusion researchers."
08 December 2011Download
The ninth edition of the ITER Council takes place in Cadarache on 17-18 November 2011.
18 November 2011Download
During the ninth ITER Council (17-18 November 2011) appreciation is shown to Academician Evgeny Velikhov from Russia for his two-year term as ITER Council Chair, which ends 31 December 2011.
17 November 2011Download
The ITER Organization, together with the French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), hosts the 22nd International Conference on Magnet Technology in Marseille, France.
12 September 2011Download
The ITER Public Enquiry is held from 15 June-4 August 2011 in the surrounding communities, allowing the public to ask questions about the ITER project, in particular its environmental impact and safety aspects. The Public Enquiry concludes with the issuance of a Favourable Opinion by the Public Enquiry Commissioner in September.
04 August 2011Download
French physicist Robert Aymar visits the ITER site in July 2011. Considered the "godfather" of ITER, Robert Aymar steered the ITER teams in Garching and Naka between 1998 and 2001, just at the time the design for ITER was approved after six years of collaborative design activities by the Members.
08 July 2011Download
The eighth ITER Council convenes in Aomori, Japan on 14-15 June 2011.
18 June 2011Download
The ITER Organization and the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable collaborative research actions to prepare for ITER, including the use of CEA's fusion facility Tore Supra.
20 May 2011Download
The ITER Organization is granted "full rights" to the land and buildings of the ITER site and will retain them for the duration of the ITER Agreement (24 October 2042). The delegation of responsibility is formalized on 21 February 2011 with the signature of a convention by Agence Iter France Director Jérôme Pamela and ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima.
21 February 2011Download
The ITER Organization and the National Institute for Fusion Research (NIFS) in Japan sign a Memorandum of Understanding that builds the framework for the technical cooperation between the two institutions. The Memorandum of Understanding provides for the exchange of expertise relating to R&D for ITER (cryoplant and cryo-distribution, superconducting magnet quality control, heat treatment, winding, CODAC, vacuum leak localization, power supply commissioning, integrated tests with superconducting coils, heating and current drive, and neutral beam injection).
02 February 2011Download
The ITER licensing process moves forward significantly on 14 December 2010 when the ITER Organization receives a letter from the French Authority (Mission Sureté Nucleaire et Radioprotection) stating that the submitted safety files are "receivable." The safety files, called the DAC files (Demande d'Authorisation de Création), contain 14 separate documents. The technical examination of the files by various technical bodies can now begin.
14 December 2010Download
Work on the ITER Itinerary comes to an end in December 2010. Large-scale public works were carried out along the 104-kilometre Itinerary by France as Host state between 2008 and 2010 to widen roads, reinforce bridges and modify intersections in preparation for the exceptional size and weight of some of the Tokamak components. The cost for these road works (EUR 110 million) was shared by the Bouches-du-Rhône department Council (66 percent) and the French State (34 percent).
03 December 2010Download
On Tuesday, 30 November 2010, the Director-General of the ITER Organization, Osamu Motojima, and the CEO of ZURICH France, Paolo Ribotta, finalize the signature process of the Global Insurance Contract that covers the construction and assembly of the ITER plant. The contract is worth EUR 43 million and involves many insurance companies from Switzerland, France, UK, USA, Germany, Ireland, China, Korea and Japan.
30 November 2010Download
On 17-18 November, the ITER Council convenes for its seventh meeting in Cadarache, France.
24 November 2010Download
The first Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days (MIIFED) are held on 23-25 November 2010. Hosted by the Principality of Monaco, and jointly organized by the ITER Organization, the Principality and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), this three-day conference offers scientists, industrialists, politicians and the press an opportunity to explore and discuss what is at stake in the energy world, and how fusion and ITER can help to meet the challenges of the coming decades.
23 November 2010Download
Director-General Motojima holds up a parchment signed by the Chair of the ITER Council, by the heads of the seven ITER Domestic Agencies, and by his hand before he places it inside the Foundation Stone for posterity. © LESENECHAL/PPV-AIX.COM
17 November 2010Download
On 17 November 2010, the ITER Organization celebrates the unveiling of the foundation stone for the Headquarters office building. "Our long dream has now become a tangible reality," said Director-General Motojima in his address. "In a little more than 18 months, we will move into this beautifully-designed and functional building [...] where we will work as hard as we can to meet our deadlines and make ITER happen."
17 November 2010Download
The Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur International School situated in Manosque, which began operating out of temporary housing in 2007 for 130 students aged 3 to 18, moved into its new facilities in August, 2010. Designed by architects Ricciotti and Bonhomme (the same team that designed the ITER Headquarters), the PACA International school was financed by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Council. The program is open to ITER families as well as to local children interested in an international curriculum.
15 August 2010Download
Director-General Osamu Motojima (left) addresses ITER staff on the day following his appointment, and takes the opportunity to thank his predecessor Kaname Ikeda (right) for the completion of the ITER Baseline.
29 July 2010Download
On 29 July 2010, Director-General Motojima and Director of the European Domestic Agency (F4E) Frank Briscoe sign an agreement that makes the ITER platform available to F4E in order to "undertake the construction of the ITER buildings and site infrastructure."
29 July 2010Download
The ITER Council convenes for an extraordinary meeting on 28 July 2010 and unanimously approves the ITER Baseline, which details the technical scope, schedule and cost of the ITER project through 2027 and start of deuterium-tritium operation. The ITER Council also appoints Professor Osamu Motojima (pictured, centre) as the second Director-General of the ITER Organization, replacing Kaname Ikeda (left) who had led the project since 2005.
28 July 2010Download
On 6 July 2010 the ITER site, property of the CEA, is made available by notary deed to the ITER Organization. Less than three weeks later, ITER and CEA legal representatives meet again in Paris to sign a sale deed for the existing site installations (Visitor Centre, technical buildings, storm basins ...) By way of these two deeds, ITER now holds "full rights" to the land and buildings and will retain them for the duration of the ITER Agreement (24 October 2042).
06 July 2010Download
The ITER Council meets for its sixth meeting in Suzhou, China on 16-17 June 2010.
18 June 2010Download
The European Consortium ENGAGE (Assystem, France; Atkins, UK; Empresados Agrupados, Spain; and Iosis, France) is chosen by the European Domestic Agency F4E as Architect/Engineer of ITER construction, with responsibility for the completion of the construction design for all buildings, site infrastructure and power supplies, and the monitoring of construction activity. The Architect Engineering contract (EUR 150 million) not only represents the biggest contract awarded in the scope of the ITER project, but also one of the biggest engineering contracts ever signed in Europe.
26 May 2010Download
On 12 January 2010, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco is photographed with four of the five Monaco Fellows working at ITER during his visit to the site. Five Monaco Fellows are named every two years under the terms of the Monaco-ITER Partnership Arrangement signed in 2008.
12 January 2010Download
On 12 January 2010—two years after the ITER Organization and the Principality of Monaco sign a Partnership Arrangement—His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visits ITER. Over a ten-year period, the contribution from the Principality of Monaco will fund five Postdoctoral Fellowships and a biennial international conference on ITER-related research.
12 January 2010Download
The fifth edition of the ITER Council on 18-19 November 2009 was the last meeting for Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, after two years as Chair of the ITER Council. It was also his birthday, an occasion marked by a cake in the shape of the ITER platform complete with diggers and bulldozers.
19 November 2009Download
The ITER Council meets for the fifth time on 18-19 November 2009 in Cadarache, France.
18 November 2009Download
The 20-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is commemorated at an event that asks the world's scientific community: "What are the next walls to fall?" ITER Principal Deputy Director-General Norbert Holtkamp is invited to present fusion energy and the ITER project.
09 November 2009Download
An adviser to the Assistant Secretary of State for Scientific Affairs in 1985, Dr. Charles Newstead played a key role in the genesis of ITER. As a physicist, he was able to convince the most reluctant members in the Reagan administration that accepting Gorbatchev's proposal of an international collaboration in fusion was not, as they feared, "giving the Russians the secret of Star Wars." Dr Newstead, who also served as Senior Scientific Adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visits ITER in October 2009, declaring that seeing the progress of the project made him "feel marvellous."
30 October 2009Download
A ceremony is held on 26 June 2009 to celebrate the end of two years of site preparatory works. The 42-hectare ITER platform is now ready to receive the project infrastructure and facilities. Pictured: Francois Gauché, director Agence Iter France; Neil Calder, head of ITER Communication; Kaname Ikeda, Director-General of the ITER Organization; and Didier Gambier, director of the European Domestic Agency.
26 June 2009Download
ITER Council Chairman Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith addresses assembled ITER staff on the question of energy following the Fourth ITER Council meeting held in Mito, Japan. "If we can produce fusion power in a reliable and competitive way, it will be one very important part of the portfolio of measures that must be taken to meet the energy challenge."
26 June 2009Download
On 17-18 June 2009, the ITER Council, the Governing Body of the ITER Organization, convenes for its fourth meeting in Mito, Japan.
18 June 2009Download
On 16 April 2009, Luc Chatel (far left)—French Secretary of State in charge of Industry and Consumption (Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment) as well as French government spokesperson—visits ITER.
16 April 2009Download
As a member of Euratom, Switzerland has been involved in the European fusion program and ITER from the start. In a formal process initiated by the government in late 2008 and concluded in March 2009, the Swiss government ratifies the accession of Switzerland to the European Domestic Agency Fusion for Energy as a third country member. Thirty-four distinct nations participate in the ITER project.
15 March 2009Download
On 11 February 2009, HSH Prince Albert II personally congratulates the first ITER Monaco Postdoctoral Fellows funded by the Principality of Monaco at a lunch hosted by the Prince in the Palais Princier. Five researchers have been awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the Principality of Monaco in 2008 to work at the ITER Organization in 2009-2011.
11 February 2009Download
The ITER Council convenes for its third meeting on 19-20 November 2008 in Cadarache, France.
19 November 2008Download
On 13 October 2008 the ITER Organization signs a Cooperation Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "... with a view to facilitating the effective attainment of the objectives set forth in the Agency's Statute and the ITER Agreement." The IAEA has been closely involved with ITER since its very beginning. The early negotiation and cooperation phases of ITER were held under the auspices of the IAEA. The Director-General of the IAEA is the Depositary of the ITER Agreement. The IAEA and the ITER Organization now cooperate on training, joint publications and organization of scientific conferences, plasma physics and modelling, materials development and fusion safety and security.
13 October 2008Download
The Management Advisory Committee (MAC) commissions an independent assessment of the resource estimates for ITER construction. The Review committee, led by Dr. Frank Briscoe, comprises two representatives from each ITER Member. The Briscoe Review results in recommendations for potential savings and a major restructuration of project management systems.
20 July 2008Download
On 17-18 June 2008, the ITER Council convenes for the second time in its history. The two-day meeting in Aomori, Japan brings together senior representatives from the seven ITER Members.
18 May 2008Download
French Prime Minister François Fillon (centre) visits the site of the Broader Approach activities in Rokkasho, Japan on 11 April 2008. To his left is Valérie Pécresse, Minister for Higher Education and Research.
11 April 2008Download
On 6 March 2008, ITER Deputy Director-General Carlos Alejaldre steps onto the podium at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to present the ITER project to the United Nations International School (UNIS)/United Nations (UNIS/UN) Student Conference. The theme of the 2008 UNIS/UN conference is "The Pursuit of Energy: A Catalyst for Conflict."
06 March 2008Download
On 6 March 2008 a five-year Cooperation Agreement is signed between the ITER Organization and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The Agreement makes the long experience of CERN available to ITER in areas of technology and administration. Robert Aymar, Director-General of CERN, and Kaname Ikeda, Director-General of the ITER Organization, sign the agreement.
06 March 2008Download
In January 2008, following a one-and-a-half-year effort, the ITER DAC safety files (Demande d'Autorisation de Création), which include the Preliminary Safety Report, are sent off to the French Nuclear Authorities. This is the major first step in the multi-year process of achieving the licensing of the ITER facility as a Basic Nuclear Installation in France.
30 January 2008Download
ITER Organization and the Principality of Monaco sign the ITER-Monaco Partnership Arrangement that establishes two-year postdoctoral research fellowships at ITER and a regular international conference on ITER-related research. The Agreement is signed by his Excellency, the Minister of the Principality of Monaco, Monsieur Jean Paul Proust, and the Director-General of the ITER Organization, Kaname Ikeda, in the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.
15 January 2008Download
On 27 November 2007, the ITER Council convenes for the first time in the history of the new international organization. Establishing a new paradigm in international scientific collaboration, the two-day meeting in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France brings together top scientific statesmen and stateswomen from China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States. This first Council meeting, convened by the IAEA, comes only one month after the entry into force of the ITER Agreement on 24 October 2007.
26 November 2007Download
The Headquarters Agreement establishing the legal status of the ITER Organization in France is signed on 7 November 2007 by Valérie Pécresse, Minister for Higher Education and Research on behalf of the French government, and Kaname Ikeda, Director General Nominee of the ITER Organization. This Agreement sets out the terms of cooperation between the new International Organization and the French authorities, in particular compliance with French regulations related to public safety and security, environmental protection, nuclear safety and radiological protection.
07 November 2007Download
On 24 October 2007, following ratification by all Parties, the ITER Agreement enters into force and ITER Organization is formally established. Pictured, Director-General Kaname Ikeda (left) and Principal Deputy Director-General Norbert Holtkamp (right).
24 October 2007Download
Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri, who has logged more than 459 hours in space on board of the International Space Station (ISS), visits the ITER site on 5 September 2007. "It is astounding what humans can do when they work together," Mohri said. "I know that you will astound the world."
04 September 2007Download
The second meeting of the Interim ITER Council (IIC) takes place in Tokyo from 11-12 July 2007 under the chairmanship of Sir Christopher Llewellyn-Smith, six months after the signature of the ITER Agreement in Paris on 21 November 2006.
11 July 2007Download
On 30-31 May, the Management Advisory Committee (MAC) to the Interim ITER Council was convened for the first time, in Gréoux-les-Bains, France. Government-level representatives of the ITER Members, MAC members advise the ITER Council on matters such as ITER project management and budget allocations.
30 May 2007Download
On 5 February 2007, EURATOM and the Japanese government sign the Broader Approach Agreement. The Broader Approach establishes a "privileged" cooperation between Europe and Japan, complementing the ITER project and accelerating the development of fusion energy through R&D and the development of advanced technologies for a demonstration fusion power reactor (DEMO).
05 February 2007Download
The signing of the ITER Agreement takes place on 21 November 2006 at the Élysée Palace, in Paris. Present are French President Jacques Chirac, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and some 400 invited guests including high-level representatives from the ITER Parties and European Member States.
21 November 2006Download
The original on-site team, temporarily housed at CEA Cadarache, is composed of seven people: J-P. Girard, E. Tada, A. Maas, J. How, A. Annicchiarico, J. Sovka and T. Nagahama.
01 February 2006Download
On the occasion of his visit to Cadarache on 30 June 2005, French President Jacques Chriac leaves the following message: Bravo! et Merci! A toute l'extraordinaire équipe du CEA de Cadarache, pour ces superbes et extraordinaires réalisations! Et tous mes voeux et ma confiance pour ITER. J.Chirac (Congratulations! And Many Thanks! To the extraordinary CEA Cadarache team for these spectacular and extraordinary accomplishments! And all of my best wishes and my confidence for ITER. J. Chirac)
30 June 2005Download
The decision to build ITER in Cadarache, France is made by the seven Members at a ministerial-level meeting in Moscow on 28 June 2005. President Jacques Chirac lands by helicopter behind the Château de Cadarache two days later, on 30 June 2005. A reception for 3,000 people is organized to greet the President and celebrate the ITER site decision.
30 June 2005Download
French President Jacques Chirac speaks to the crowd at the Château de Cadarache: ITER is coming to Cadarache!
30 June 2005Download
On 28 June 2005 in Moscow, where ministerial-level representatives of the ITER Members had convened, a consensus had at last been reached: ITER would be built in southern France, some 75 kilometres north of Marseille. Pictured: Janez Potočnik, the European Commissioner for Science, and Noriaki Nakayama, the Japanese Minister of Science and Technology.
28 June 2005Download
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