Some of the nearly 960 persons who paid a visit to JET from March through May

  • - 262 school students, along with 46 teachers, visited the facilities.
  • - About 106 university students and scientists from various disciplines visited JET/CCFE.
  • - 151 industry representatives came for tours, events and discussions
Visit Dr Stefan Kaufmann

From left: Duarte Borba, Stefan Kaufmann, Francesco Romanellii (Picture: EFDA)

Dr Stefan Kaufmann, member of the German Parliament, visited JET on April 11. Dr Kaufmann belongs to the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and has already visited German fusion experiments. He came to Culham to experience Europe’s largest tokamak JET and to meet EFDA Leader Dr Francesco Romanelli. “We do have an increasing discussion in Germany about ITER and it is important for me to see how such a large tokamak, which investigates central issues for the realisation of ITER, really works,” he explained. Kaufmann was impressed by the international nature of research at JET: „It is striking to see how the experiment is managed and supported not by one nation alone, but that scientists from all member states and from EFDA operate and advance JET collectively. I find that really notable, especially since ITER will have to work in a similar way. “


Ten Delegates from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and delegates from the European Commission held their executive meeting under the R&D PUNE Agreement at JET on April 12. PUNE is a bilateral Agreement between China and the European Union for R&D cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The meeting at JET was the first one about fusion energy research. China invests heavily in fusion research and operates the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak EAST. It is also planning to construct another fusion experiment. The Chinese delegates took the opportunity to tour the JET site and expressed a lot of interest in technologies developed at JET, such as the remote handling facilities.