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ENGAGE celebrates 8 years at ITER

On 13 April, the ENGAGE consortium celebrated its eight-year anniversary at ITER. The celebration itself was unique: hosted at the offices of La Provence, the daily regional newspaper published in Marseille. A backdrop of newsprint rolls, shining conveyer belts, and giant printing machines lent an industrial setting to the congratulations offered by ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot, Senior Construction Project Manager for the European Domestic Agency Laurent Schmieder, and members of the ENGAGE senior management team.

ENGAGE's eight-year anniversary at ITER was celebrated at the regional daily newspaper ''La Provence'' upon a backdrop of newsprint rolls, shining conveyer belts, and giant printing presses. (Click to view larger version...)
ENGAGE's eight-year anniversary at ITER was celebrated at the regional daily newspaper ''La Provence'' upon a backdrop of newsprint rolls, shining conveyer belts, and giant printing presses.
Speeches were punctuated with photo and video histories depicting the evolution of the ITER worksite, dating back to 13 April 2010, "when it all began" for ENGAGE: the award of the architect-engineer contract by the European Domestic Agency to construct the vast bulk of the buildings, infrastructure and power supplies on the ITER worksite. Refreshments followed—including a cutaway view of the Tokamak Complex elegantly rendered in chocolate.

Best of all, a surprise awaited the guests. Midway through the festivities, the machines began to hum and the crowd began to migrate to the production centre. A truly "special edition" of La Provence rolled off the presses, a memento for each guest commemorating the event itself, complete with photos of the moment and the catchy headline: "All ENGAGED in Fusion."
 
Open the special issue of La Provence, featuring articles in English, Spanish and French here.
 
For a look back in ITER history, the original Newsline article on the ENGAGE contract—from 16 April 2010—can be read here.


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