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Seven hundred people took part in the ITER Organization's latest Open Doors Day event on Saturday 20 October.
The highlight of the tour was the visit of the Tokamak Building and a peek down into the 30-metre-wide pit where the fusion plasma will be ignited one day.
ITER opened its doors on a beautiful autumn day to the delight of 700 members of the public, students, staff and families. The highlight—as always—was gaining exceptional access to areas of the worksite that are usually cordoned off due to the pace of work on site and the density of contractors and equipment.
This time, visitors were accompanied by group of 50 through the cathedralesque galleries of the Tokamak Building and out to the central well where the ITER machine will be assembled.
To prepare for that visit, to understand the world-changing science that will take place in that space, guests that day had access to the ITER Visitors Centre and additional hands-on exhibits that were offered by partners Agence Iter France, local association Les Petits Debrouillards ("Little Problem Solvers"), and ITER's own tabletop science exhibit.
Open Doors Day is a biannual event hosted by the ITER Organization and the European agency for ITER, Fusion for Energy. On Saturday, 50 volunteers from the ITER Organization, Fusion for Energy, ITER's Management-as-Agent contractor MOMENTUM, and European contractors Engage, Apave and Dalkia were hosts for the day.
Scroll through the gallery below for scenes from the day.