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Cultural fusion

Shawn Simpson, Agence Iter France

''The motivation of the ITER Members to learn about each other is growing,'' says Shawn Simpson, in charge of intercultural programs for ITER at Agence Iter France. (Click to view larger version...)
''The motivation of the ITER Members to learn about each other is growing,'' says Shawn Simpson, in charge of intercultural programs for ITER at Agence Iter France.
Since the beginning of the year, over 200 ITER staff have participated in intercultural events. From comparative culture workshops on working with the French, the Americans or the Japanese; to intercultural breakfasts and intercultural awareness-raising seminars, the motivation of the ITER Members to learn about each other is growing.

Since 2008, these intercultural moments have provided the opportunity to understand one another better and to compare our ways of working, our traditions and our cultures. Instead of finding only differences, we have found many similarities among our 29 nationalities.

A true feeling of belonging to the ITER community and to the ITER culture is developing. This "cultural fusion" is unique, and the dedication of the ITER Members to fostering an unprecedented interculturally-aware spirit is something to be proud of. The scientific commitment of ITER is only paralleled by its human commitment. This project may well become an international reference in the intercultural world.



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