Young hands operating a tokamak with the help of EUROfusion's free game "Operation Tokamak".  Picture: EUROfusion

Young hands operating a tokamak with the help of EUROfusion’s free game “Operation Tokamak”. Picture: EUROfusion

Fusion writers in the house: Davide Silvagni, Sara Riccio and Bianca Giacomelli have authored articles in Fusion in Europe. They all helped out at the EUROfusion booth in Garching during Open Door Day. Picture: EUROfusion

Fusion writers in the house: Davide Silvagni, Sara Riccio and Bianca Giacomelli have authored articles in Fusion in Europe. They all helped out at the EUROfusion booth in Garching during Open Door Day. Picture: EUROfusion

Gianfranco Federici (3PT) and Kenji Tobita (from the fusion department of the Rokkasho Fusion Institute) are coordinating the design and R&D activities for a demonstrational fusion power plant (DEMO) in Europe and Japan. Both are pointing towards a reservation sign for a booked table in a traditional Japanese restaurant. Picture: private

Gianfranco Federici (3PT) and Kenji Tobita (from the fusion department of the Rokkasho Fusion Institute) are coordinating the design and R&D activities for a demonstrational fusion power plant (DEMO) in Europe and Japan. Both are pointing towards a reservation sign for a booked table in a traditional Japanese restaurant. Picture: private

Parts of ITER's vacuum vessel before assembly. Picture: Fusion for Energy

Parts of ITER’s vacuum vessel before assembly. Picture: Fusion for Energy

Culham's David Homfray at a careers fair for the Institute of Physics in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has been appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and, during the event, gave an inspirational talk about his life in science. Copyright protected by UKAEA

Culham’s David Homfray at a careers fair for the Institute of Physics in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has been appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and, during the event, gave an inspirational talk about his life in science. Copyright protected by UKAEA

ITER workers smashing a coconut. This is no sign of madness, but instead the start of welding on the steel cylinder that will house the ITER machine. Since the facility is officially Indian territory located on French soil, the staff held a traditional "coconut ceremony" held to remove hurdles from the challenging path ahead. Picture: Fusion for Energy

ITER workers smashing a coconut. This is no sign of madness, but instead the start of welding on the steel cylinder that will house the ITER machine. Since the facility is officially Indian territory located on French soil, the staff held a traditional “coconut ceremony” held to remove hurdles from the challenging path ahead. Picture: Fusion for Energy

Ion Optical System of the ion source of the TCV neutral beam. Picture: Swiss Plasma Center

Ion Optical System of the ion source of the TCV neutral beam. Picture: Swiss Plasma Center

Big in Japan: Curt Gliss and Fabio Cismondi from EUROfusion's Power Plant Physics and Technology Department (3 PT) posing with a Geisha. The engineers participated in this year's International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology in Kyoto. Picture: private

Big in Japan: Curt Gliss and Fabio Cismondi from EUROfusion’s Power Plant Physics and Technology Department (3 PT) posing with a Geisha. The engineers participated in this year’s International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology in Kyoto. Picture: private

Optical fibres of the Thomson scattering system at the Swiss "Tokamak à configuration variable". Picture: Swiss Plasma Center

Optical fibres of the Thomson scattering system at the Swiss “Tokamak à configuration variable”. Picture: Swiss Plasma Center

En marche: Sabina Griffith, from ITER's communication team, and French President Emmanuel Macron pose for a picture during COP23. Picture: ITER

En marche: Sabina Griffith, from ITER’s communication team, and French President Emmanuel Macron pose for a picture during COP23. Picture: ITER

An apple a day keeps turbulence away: EUROfusion serving fresh fruits. Picture: EUROfusion

An apple a day keeps turbulence away: EUROfusion serving fresh fruits. Picture: EUROfusion

Pascal Conti (L) handing the TCV key to Stefano Barberis (R). Picture: Swiss Plasma Center

Pascal Conti (L) handing the TCV key to Stefano Barberis (R). Picture: Swiss Plasma Center

How to master challenging environments? One way is by training staff with the help of virtual reality. The RACE facility on the CCFE site is further developing this method. Picture: © Copyright protected by UKAEA

How to master challenging environments? One way is by training staff with the help of virtual reality. The RACE facility on the CCFE site is further developing this method. Picture: © Copyright protected by UKAEA

Literally holding the banner: Tonći Tadić, Head of the Croatian Research Unit, and Xavier Litaudon preparing the EUROfusion banner during the 25th European Fusion Workshop in Dubrovnik.  Picture: EUROfusion

Literally holding the banner: Tonći Tadić, Head of the Croatian Research Unit, and Xavier Litaudon preparing the EUROfusion banner during the 25th European Fusion Workshop in Dubrovnik.
Picture: EUROfusion