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  • Plasma modelling | New SOLPS-ITER code version launched

    The widely used SOLPS-ITER tool for plasma edge modelling has evolved since its launch in 2015. At recent workshop at KU Leuven in Belgium, European specialists [...]

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  • Open Doors Day | Accessing the very heart of ITER

    Small or tall, knowledgeable or neophyte, from near or far ... the 600 people who took part in ITER's latest Open Doors Day all departed with the sense that som [...]

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  • Local | A question and answer session

    Nuclear safety policy in France requires that a local information commission (Commission locale d'information, CLI) be established every time a nuclear installa [...]

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  • 31st ITER Council | Addressing challenges

    The project's governing body, the ITER Council, convened for the 31st time in its history on 16 and 17 November to evaluate the progress of construction, m [...]

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  • Machine assembly | Key components to be repaired

    When building a machine as large and as complex as ITER, difficulties and setbacks do not come as surprises—they are an integral part of manufacturing, assembli [...]

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Science festivals

The magic of plasma physics

Held in October every year, the French Festival of Science (Fête de la Science) is the opportunity for the ITER Organization to encounter a very young public and share the magic of plasma science.   

Thanks to a team of 12 volunteers, the ITER Organization was able to participate in three local ''Fête de la Science'' events this year and interact with members of the public. (Click to view larger version...)
Thanks to a team of 12 volunteers, the ITER Organization was able to participate in three local ''Fête de la Science'' events this year and interact with members of the public.
A hundred marshmallows, a plasma ball, and magnetic filings are all it takes to win child's interest. And ITER "plasmagicians" are experts at it, faithfully volunteering at local outreach events with hands-on displays to bring ITER science and technology to the broader public. 

Science is like magic: the invisible power of magnets and the sparkling plasma ball never fail to surprise children! (Click to view larger version...)
Science is like magic: the invisible power of magnets and the sparkling plasma ball never fail to surprise children!
With this year's theme "Climate change: attenuation and adaptation," the ITER booths at Fête de la Science events in Manosque, Marseille, and Villeneuve-Loubet (near Nice) on the weekends of 8/9 and 15/16 October were particularly well attended. Thousands of visitors came by the ITER stands and left with a better understanding of why the seven ITER Members have united to create the unique ITER experiment.



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