How can plasma be created in a microwave oven? And how can you get people interested in fusion? Fusion researchers demonstrated both at the European City of Science event in Paris where the European Fusion Community participated with great success.

This November European science moved to Paris for three days. To celebrate its presidency of the European Union, the French government organised a huge fair for European scientific organisations to introduce themselves to the public. Held in the heart of Paris in the grandiose Grand Palais, just a minute’s walk from the Champs Élysées, the event was very successful attracting more than 42 000 visitors.

The European Fusion Research Community was represented at the event by an enthusiastic and really international team. Based on the itinerant EFDA exhibition Fusion Expo, now managed by the Slovenian Association, the stand was supported by the Danish Fusion and Plasma Road Show developed by Risø DTU. French and Italian colleagues also manned the stand.

Having acquired stand number 1 which was right at the main entrance of the building, the fusion area was continuously full during the event. By listening to the presentation and spectacular experiments performed by Danish colleagues, or by talking to the fusion experts, the visitors were able to get a memorable impression of the European efforts in fusion.

The international team consisted of Jean-Marc Ané, Gloria Falchetto (CEA), Fernando Meo, Søren Korsholm, Martin Jessen (Risø DTU) and Örs Benedekfi (EFDA).