Subscribe options

Select your newsletters:

Please enter your email address:

@

Your email address will only be used for the purpose of sending you the ITER Organization publication(s) that you have requested. ITER Organization will not transfer your email address or other personal data to any other party or use it for commercial purposes.

If you change your mind, you can easily unsubscribe by clicking the unsubscribe option at the bottom of an email you've received from ITER Organization.

For more information, see our Privacy policy.

News & Media

Latest ITER Newsline

  • Industrial milestone | First cryopump passes all tests

    The serial production of ITER's powerful torus and cryostat cryopumps is progressing at Research Instruments, Germany, on behalf of the European Domestic Agency [...]

    Read more

  • Cryoline installation | Ball joints against earthquakes

    In order to reach clients inside the Tokamak Building, cooling fluids produced by the ITER cryoplant flow through many kilometres of highly sophisticated p [...]

    Read more

  • The changing fusion landscape | ITER hosting private sector workshop

    Take out your smart phone and search your favourite news site for 'nuclear fusion' or 'fusion energy.' On any given day, you will find articles discussing break [...]

    Read more

  • Image of the Week | Advisory committee season

    The 30th Meeting of the ITER Council Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC-30) took place at ITER Headquarters from 13 to 16 May. The Science and Tech [...]

    Read more

  • ITER Design Handbook | Preserving the vital legacy of ITER

    The contributions that ITER is making to fusion physics and engineering—through decades of decisions and implementation—are delivering insights to the fusion co [...]

    Read more

Of Interest

See archived entries

Open Doors Day

Having fun while discovering ITER

A public event on Saturday 13 April draws a big crowd.

Much of the time crossing the Assembly Hall is spent looking up! The bridge cranes that can carry 1,500 tonnes, the giant sector sub-assembly tools, the central solenoid stack ... (Click to view larger version...)
Much of the time crossing the Assembly Hall is spent looking up! The bridge cranes that can carry 1,500 tonnes, the giant sector sub-assembly tools, the central solenoid stack ...
It was a beautiful, summer-like day on Saturday 13 April. Perfect for a journey into ITER. Nearly 800 members of the public, were welcomed on site by an all-volunteer roster of guides, timekeepers, hosts and hostesses, plasmagicians and specialists of all kinds.

Younger people have the advantage! They get to work their way right up to the plexiglass that separates the port cell corridor from the impressive Tokamak pit. You can almost imagine the plasma whizzing around the central column. (Click to view larger version...)
Younger people have the advantage! They get to work their way right up to the plexiglass that separates the port cell corridor from the impressive Tokamak pit. You can almost imagine the plasma whizzing around the central column.
It's a regular occurance at ITER. Twice a year since 2011, in spring and autumn (with only one notable year excepted) the gates open to visitors of all ages who have been lucky enough to secure a spot. Curiousity in the region about ITER is understandably high—after all, the tallest buildings are visible to all who drive north to the French Alpes. Open Doors Days are one way to share ITER with the public; the ITER visits team also runs a program that welcomes individuals and small groups throughout the year. (Just over 25,000 people visited ITER in all last year; since 2007 the figure tops 200,000).

For those who were not able to make it this time, another Open Doors Day event is planned in November 2024.

See the gallery below for some of the scenes from the day. Or watch "Having fun while discovering ITER" on YouTube.



return to the latest published articles