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Pictures from the Fusion Energy Conference in Japan

Julie Marcillat

For six days last week in Kyoto, the world fusion community came together at the Fusion Energy Conference—an important rendezvous on the calendar of researchers, engineers, industry representatives, students, and policy makers.

All questions on ITER could also be answered at the ITER stand, where videos, brochures, and a virtual reality tour of the ITER construction site were on offer. (Click to view larger version...)
All questions on ITER could also be answered at the ITER stand, where videos, brochures, and a virtual reality tour of the ITER construction site were on offer.
The 26th edition was hosted by the Government of Japan and organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with the Japanese National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS).

In his opening address, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano reminded the audience of the supportive role that the IAEA has played historically as "godparent" to the ITER Project, and of continuous efforts to serve the worldwide fusion and plasma physics community through the publication of Nuclear Fusion, the organization of conferences and specialized workshops, and the coordination of research in fusion technology. 

"To make fusion energy production a reality, enormous scientific and technical challenges still need to be overcome. But I have faith in the ingenuity of human beings and the ability of brilliant scientists and engineers to overcome even the most daunting technological hurdles. In the coming years, we will see increased efforts to bring fusion energy on an industrial, power-plant scale within our reach. I am confident that they will be successful."

The ITER Organization was represented by Director-General Bernard Bigot, who brought the most recent news of project progress to a large audience on the first day of the conference, and by a group of ITER scientists and engineers (see photos). All questions on ITER could also be answered at the ITER stand, where videos, brochures, and a virtual reality tour of the ITER construction site were on offer.

The next Fusion Energy Conference will be held in 2018 in India.

World fusion community "breaks the barrel"

In keeping with an ancestral Japanese tradition known as ''kagami biraki'' ("barrel breaking ceremony"), representatives of the world fusion community break the lid of a sake barrel with a wooden mallet as a promise of harmony and good fortune. Left to right: Boris Kutchev, Kurchatov Institute (Russia); Joaquín Sánchez, CIEMAT (Spain) and chair of the F4E Governing Board; Osamu Motojima, ITER Director-General Emeritus; Yuanxi Wan, former chair of the ITER STAC; Keeman Kim, NFRI (Korea); Sibylle Günter, IPP (Germany); Bernard Bigot, ITER Director-General; Predhiman Krishan Kaw, founder and former director of IPR (India); Nobuyasu Abe, Commissioner AEC (Japan); Yukiya Amano, Director General, IAEA; Yasuhiko Takeiri, NIFS (Japan); Alain Bécoulet, IRFM (France); Kijung Jung, ITER Korea; Masahiro Mori, QST (Japan); Stewart Prager, PPPL (USA); Tony Donné, EUROfusion; and Jiangang Li, ASIPP (China).

17 October 2016

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