Posted on: 25th October 2007
On Friday 5th October a delegation from South Korea’s National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI), including Mr. Jae-In Shin (President of NFRI), Mr. Jung-Hoon Han (Head of Quality Assessment Department and Head of System Integration), Mr. Young Kook OH (Head of KSTAR Operation Department) and Mr. JH Park (Secretary), visited the Culham Science Centre for talks and tours of JET and MAST. The delegation was welcomed by Dr. Frank Briscoe (Operations Director, UKAEA Culham), Dr. Michael Watkins (Head of Programme Department, EFDA-JET) and Dr. Tom Todd (Chief Engineer, UKAEA Culham). A particular focus of the presentations and discussions was on machine and human safety at JET, so the visitors were given the possibility to learn about the safety policies and strategies which have helped, and continue to help, in making JET a success story. Besides visiting the JET device, the remote handling control room and the Active Gas Handling System, the delegation also toured the Mega Ampere Spherical Torus (MAST) device at Culham and was introduced to its features and recent achievements.
On Monday 15 October 2007 Mr. Nic Vandermarliere, Diplomatic Representative of Flanders in London, visited the JET Facilities. He was welcomed by Ms. Christina Mrozeck (Head of Administration, EFDA JET) and Dr. Richard Kamendje (Scientific Assistant to the EFDA Associate Leader for JET). After an introduction to JET and its role in fusion research within the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) by Dr. Jef Ongena (Leader of Task Force Heating at JET). Mr. Vandermaliere had the opportunity to enjoy a close look at the JET Facilities. When introduced to the idea that, for confinement purposes, the fusion fuel in the vacuum chamber of JET (as in all magnetic confinement devices) is transformed into a new state of matter (plasma) he said, “I understand that JET is obviously a good and sensible toy with which to play God!” And he added, ” …but considering what a challenge it is to get the stars in the JET universe shining continuously, I can appreciate how difficult it is to be a real God.” When briefed on the necessity to use Laser light to diagnose JET plasmas, Mr. Vandermaliere concluded, “and let there be light!”.
The visit was concluded by a lunch with all the Belgians on the Culham site.
On Tuesday 16 October 2007 His Excellency Dr. Giancarlo Aragona, Ambassador of Italy to the United Kingdom, and Prof. Salvator Roberto Amendolia (Scientific Attaché, Embassy of Italy) visited the JET Facilities. They were introduced to JET and the role of the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) by Dr. Francesco Romanelli (EFDA Associate Leader for JET) and Prof. Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith (Director of UKAEA Culham Division). This was followed by an extensive tour of the JET Facilities, including the torus hall, the assembly hall, the remote handling control room and training facility and others. H.E. Dr. Giancarlo Aragona received and addressed all Italians working on the Culham site, whom he then shared a lunch with. The Ambassador expressed his pride in the strong contribution to the JET programme Italian institutions are able make.