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Open Doors for ITER families

In a first at ITER, the gates of the monumental worksite opened on Saturday 17 September for a family-only Open Doors Day event, reserved for the families of staff and contractors employed on site by the ITER Organization and the European Domestic Agency.

More than 700 people attended the first-ever ITER Family Open Doors Day event on Saturday 17 September, where sunshine, ice cream and smiles were widely distributed. (Click to view larger version...)
More than 700 people attended the first-ever ITER Family Open Doors Day event on Saturday 17 September, where sunshine, ice cream and smiles were widely distributed.
Since October 2011, the ITER Organization has been inviting the public in for a closer look at ITER construction.

Organized in association with the European Domestic Agency Fusion for Energy, the traditional Open Doors Days attracts a combination of members of the public at large and ITER staff and contractors eager to share their work environment with families and friends.

But whereas in 2011, the ITER Organization had 471 direct employees, that number has more than doubled since. Adding staff employed on site by Fusion for Energy, as well and construction and assembly contractors, the number of people active daily on the ITER site is now close to 5,000. 

It is no wonder, then, that during the last Open Doors Day event in June the 800 available places filled up in less than two hours.

This semester, thanks to a large number of willing volunteers and management support from both organizations, two events were planned—one exclusively for staff and contractors' families, and a second (coming up in October*) for members of the public.

The day was a success. The weather was perfect, the food trucks never ran out of crepes and ice cream, and the "plasmagicians" distributed smiles all around.

See a few scenes from the ITER Family Open Doors Day in the gallery below.

*The date of the public Open Doors Day in October 2022 will be announced soon on the ITER website



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