In 2008, many things happened at ITER, some of it we remember, some of it we have already forgotten. This is where an Annual Report comes in handy. In the 2008 edition, which just came off the press, we are reminded of all the events that contributed to "greatly strengthen," in Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith's words, "the foundations of our international organization."
2008 was the year when levelling work began on the ITER site, when the Chinese Domestic Agency was created and the partnership with Monaco established. It was also the year when ten Procurement Arrangements were signed and key technologies for the tokamak successfully tested.
The ITER staff today is a little over 400. In 2008, it rose from 193 to 300. "The recruitment of over one hundred qualified staff," writes ITER Director-General Kaname Ikeda in his Foreword "gave much impetus to our young organization."
Copies of the ITER Organization 2008 Annual Report are available in every ITER building or can be downloaded here return to Newsline #108