Dr Fidel Castro Diaz Balart, the Scientific Adviser to the President of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba visited JET, as part of his visit to the UK integrated in the Cuba Initiative with the aim of identifying ways in which to enhance UK/Cuban cooperation in scientific development.

Dr. Fidel Castro Diaz Balart, accompanied by a delegation from the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba, was welcomed to JET by Jérôme Paméla (EFDA Associate Leader for JET), Frank Briscoe (Operations Director), Chris Carpenter (Public Affairs Manager), Duarte Borba (Head of Publications) and Mike Watkins (Head of Programmes). During a working lunch, Jérôme Paméla gave a presentation on JET and its role in the overall fusion programme. Dr. Fidel Castro Diaz Balart showed a great interest in fusion research and asked specific questions related to the ITER scientific programme and the timescale for the demonstration of fusion energy. The visit was concluded with a tour of the JET facilities, which included the Control Room, Remote Handling, Assembly Hall and Torus Hall.

Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart is doctor in Sciences (Ph.D.) at the Institute of Atomic Energy I. V. Kurchatov of Moscow and graduated in Nuclear Physics by State University M. V. Lomonosov in Moscow and its branch of the Unified Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR) of Dubna (Russia). He is also doctor in Sciences (Dr Sc.) at the Higher Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Technology of Havana, where he is titular professor in his specialty.