The ITER Organization is an intergovernmental organization that was created by an international agreement signed in 2006, and formally established on 24 October 2007 after its ratification by all Parties. The Parties to the ITER Agreement (the ITER Members) are the People's Republic of China; the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom); the Republic of India; Japan; the Republic of Korea; the Russian Federation; and the United States of America.
The purpose of the ITER Organization is to provide for and promote cooperation among its Members for the benefit of the ITER Project, an international collaboration to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy for peaceful purposes. It acts as the overall integrator of the project and nuclear operator of the ITER facility.
The ITER Organization is staffed by men and women from the seven ITER Members. Approximately 1,000 directly employed staff, 250 ITER Project Associates
and 500 external contractors work for the ITER Organization in Saint Paul-lez-Durance, France.
ITER Director-General Pietro Barabaschi, © F4E
, who started his five-year term on 17 October 2022, is the fourth Director-General of ITER Organization history. (Access or download a brief biography in English
More information on the legal status of the ITER Organization can be found in Legal Resources
. Download the organigramme of the ITER Organization here. Former ITER Organization Director-Generals
Kaname Ikeda, appointed
28 November 2007
Osamu Motojima, appointed
28 July 2010
Bernard Bigot, appointed
5 March 2015 (See a statement here
. See a memorial page here
Click here to retrieve contact information for ITER Organization units.
- Deputy Director-General | Yutaka Kamada, Science & Technology
- ITER workforce | A truly cosmopolitan community
- ITER Awards 2022 | A tribute to dedication and excellence
- ITER cybersecurity symposium | Stronger together
- New ITER Director-General | An emphasis on collaboration and integrity
- Top management | ITER Council appoints new Director-General
- Transition | Eisuke Tada takes over the leadership of the ITER Project
- Remembering Bernard Bigot, ITER Director-General 2015-2022
- Recruitment | ITER to open new postdoctoral opportunities
- Tokamak assembly hold point | The next step in ITER licensing
- Media | The ITER world in a podcast
- Training | Seeking the next group of Monaco-ITER Fellows
- COP26 | Fusion and climate change: a conversation begins
- COP26 | ITER and the world fusion community on stage
- Visitors | EU Commissioner for Energy: "ITER is a unique project in frontier science"
- On site | Safety comes first
- ITER Talks | All about ITER and fusion
- Staff | The men and women of ITER
- Art and ITER | Two sisters, two suns and a monument to fusion
- People | A new generation of Monaco-ITER Fellows
- Fusion world | Highest French distinction for former ITER Director-General
- Award | A 30-year friendship with China
- Remote ITER Business Meeting | Virtual interaction, tangible opportunities
- The ITER Awards | Achievement in a year of challenge
- Top management | Tim Luce, Head of Science & Operation
- Start of assembly | World dignitaries celebrate a collaborative achievement
- Top management | Nalinish Nagaich, Head of Corporate
- ITER kicks off assembly | President Macron to host virtual celebration
- Top management | Keun-Kyeong Kim, Head of Construction
- "Sans Titre" | A humble connector of art and science
- Top management | Alain Bécoulet, Head of Engineering
- Brexit | What should ITER expect?
- FEC 2020 | Seeking sponsors for 28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference
- ITER staff | Nearing the 1,000 mark
- Visit | Our neighbour the Nobel
- Challenges | Managing risk in a first-of-a-kind project
- Pressurized equipment | ITER can now act as inspector
- Nobel Laureates | How can science change the world for the better?
- IAEA and ITER | Even closer cooperation
- Event | ITER in Da Vinci mode
- ITER Project Associates | A boost to ITER's workforce
- Steady at the helm | Bernard Bigot accepts a second term
- Newsline 500 | A community newspaper
- Donations | Now you can join the quest
- Ten years later | A prodigious adventure
- 10 years ago | Birth of an organization
- Image of the week | ITER at 10
- "You are ITER!"
- 28 June 2005: a home at last
- 35 nations, 40 languages ... which culture?
- ITER veteran recounts the early days