On 14 August, a group of 130 scientists and engineers united in the Australian ITER Forum, launched a strategic plan for fusion science and engineering, which outlines the path towards an Australian involvement in ITER. The launch event was held in Parliament House in Canberra. The plan calls for an investment of 38 million Euro over 10 years.
Physicist Matthew Hole, chairman of the Australian ITER Forum, described ITER as the world's largest science project. The money would be spent on fellowships and travel for scientists working directly on the ITER project or on ITER-related science and would also fund Australian scientists to build a component for the reactor.