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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 something consequential is happening in this rural corner of southern France.

ITER Open Doors Days are always exceptional events, where access to the very heart of ITER is rendered possible, and dozens of volunteers are available to answer every question. (Click to view larger version...)
ITER Open Doors Days are always exceptional events, where access to the very heart of ITER is rendered possible, and dozens of volunteers are available to answer every question.
First, it's the size. From the pieces of the ITER machine that are viewable in different stages of handling and assembly, to the concrete and steel buildings that house them, touring ITER makes you feel like you may have crossed through a looking glass and woken up in a different world, where your usual vocabulary is simply inadequate.

Then, it's the aspiration. Pushing to leave behind yesterday's boundaries in science and technology to achieve something remarkable in the domain of energy, with all of the challenges that have been solved and those that remain, and all that is being learned along the way.

And finally, the team. Your guide may have been Slovene, Chinese, or American; your expert Indian, Dutch or French. Listening to them speak with passion about their slice of the project, sharing something of their expertise and experience, and breaking down complex notions into ingestible pieces, really reinforces the sense that the effort to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion is broad, the stakes universal, and the solution international.

Here are more scenes from the Open Doors Day on 26 November.



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