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ITER NEWSLINE 1
As we all know, communication and public information play a vital role in a project like ITER. I am convinced, and I know that I do not only speak for myself, that throughout its construction and its operation the significance of this project needs to be well understood by the public, and all stakeholders need to be well informed. The ITER Newsline will be published on the web biweekly. In addition, an ITER Newsletter will be published bimonthly, which will provide background news and interviews."
Mrs Pascale Amenc-Antoni was formerly Director of the CEA/Cadarache Site and from October 2005 ad-interim Director of the Agence ITER France.
Dr. David Campbell has been Principal Scientific Officer of the European Commission for the last ten years. Until now he had been seconded to the EFDA Close Support Unit managing the EU activities in support of ITER diagnostics, heating and current drive, and control systems. Furthermore he coordinated the EU Physics R&D program for ITER.
"I am confident that their extensive expertise will strengthen our capabilities," the ITER Director-General Nominee, Kaname Ikeda, said in an official memorandum introducing the ADDGs.
Planning a project like ITER involving seven Parties and the International Organization is a daunting task. As a result, an early decision was made to facilitate the process by using a common scheduling platform, Primavera Project Management software. Planning & Scheduling Working Group members from all the Participant Teams and their scheduling specialists were invited to participate in a 3-day training workshop sponsored by ITER and presented by PrimaFrance. All attendees were given intense tuition on the use of the software and all its functionalities. The course took place on 3-5 October, just before the 1st Planning & Scheduling Working Group Meeting.
Following a decision of the European Council of November 2003, the 'Fusion for Energy' headquarters will be located in Spain (Barcelona). It should be fully operational by spring 2007.
Norbert Holtkamp, ITER Principal Deputy Director General Nominee, and Project Construction Leader, gave an overview of the ITER project. He underlined that given its size and cost, and the involvement of virtually all of the most developed countries representing over half of today's world population, ITER will become a new reference point for big science projects.
Mr. Holtkamp emphasized his commitment to implement the construction of ITER on schedule and on budget. "The SOFT conference was my first exposure to the international fusion community and associated industries. It certainly was an opportunity to learn about the status of fusion in general and also about open issues with ITER. At the moment, we are clearly in a phase of transition from a research project to a construction project."
In total, more than 3500 visitors were received on the CEA site.
A 12-member team of scientists and engineers has been chosen to manage the United States' contribution to ITER. The Team will be headed by Dr. Ned Sauthoff, who had a distinguished career at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, including a period as US ITER's planning officer for 18 months before becoming US ITER Project Manager in February. As US ITER Project Manager, Sauthoff will direct all non-governmental aspects of US involvement with the ITER project.
"This team will help chart the nation´s course for one of the largest energy-science projects in history," Sauthoff said. The names of the team members and their background are available here.