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01 December 2010

F4E at the first Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days

F4E representatives meet with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II

F4E representatives attended the Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days event, held on 23-25 November. The first time such an event was organised, the three-day conference gave the opportunity to explore and discuss what is at stake today in the energy world and how fusion and the ITER project can help to meet the challenges of the coming decade.  Processes and strategies for procurement and implementation were also in focus, as well as the ITER materials and technologies. The conference was opened by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco who told the audience that the ITER project had caught his eye because it should open the door to an abundant source of energy which is fairly distributed all over the planet. He affirmed his support to the project by pointing out ITER’s possibilities in limiting global warming and producing clean, safe energy on a large-scale to meet humanity's needs.

F4E representatives from the Contracts and Procurement Department and the Buildings and Site team participated. All ITER Domestic Agencies reported on their respective procurement processes and implementation status, with Philippe Corréa, Head of the Contracts and Procurement Department, representing F4E. F4E’s Laurent Schmieder, Head of Site, Buildings and Power Supplies Division, and Graham Strickleton, Site, Buildings and Power supplies Procurement Manager, gave a presentation of progress of the site construction and the building technology of the tokamak complex and hot cell.

The Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days conference was jointly managed by the ITER Organization, the Principality of Monaco and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  The Principality contributes 5.5 EUR million over a period of time until 2018, allowing for the establishment of five Postdoctoral Fellowships every two years within the ITER Organization as well as the Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days event.

All the presentations held during the conference are available on the conference website:
The next Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days event will be held in 2013.