During the second week of October the “Fête de la Science” was held in Paris, France. Part of this yearly science week was the “Village des Sciences”, which was held from October 15th to 17th 2004, in the “Jardin du Luxembourg”. The “Village” was organised by the French Ministry of Science and opened by the French Minister for Research, François d’Aubert. Scientists from the EURATOM – CEA Association, Cadarache (Dr. A. Maas, Dr. J.M. Ané) together with their Dutch colleagues from EURATOMFOM Association-Rijnhuizen. (Dr. M. Beurskens and Dr. M.Westra ) informed the visitors about fusion energy. The beautiful “Jardin du Luxembourg”, which houses the French Senate and is surrounded by government buildings and famous universities like the Sorbonne, was the perfect backdrop of the “Village”. About sixty scientific organisations presented themselves in info tents. Thousands of visitors mostly from Paris found their way to the exhibition during the three days of the event.

The CEA tent consisted of a section on hydrogen, one on granular matter and another on fusion. The Dutch delegation was invited to the festival because of its country being the current holder of the EU presidency. The FOM team performed the Fusion Road Show, which proved to be very popular and effective in drawing a large crowd to the tent. A lecture on fusion was given at the “Ecole des Mines”.