In the month of August the Fusion Expo, the traveling exhibition of EFDA, changed its logistics centre. After more than three years in Cadarache (France) it is now sited in Padova (Italy) under the coordination of Euratom Association ENEA – Consorzio RFX. Immediately following the change of site, the Expo continued to tour Europe with three shows that attracted several thousand visitors. At the end of August the fusion exhibition was hosted at the “Quartiere Fieristico” in Rimini (Italy) at the “Meeting per l’Amicizia tra i Popoli”. The presence at this important event was made possible through the collaboration with the Euratom Association ENEA CNR in Milano (Italy). The Expo was displayed in the scientific part of the meeting and was visited by approx. 9000 persons, many of them students and young families who were interested in knowing more about this possible new source of energy. It was also the first time that the Expo used its new visualization system which allowed the showing of the film “The Starmakers” in its full 3D beauty.

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At the beginning of September, the Expo went to Gdansk (Poland) on the invitation of the “Hewelianum” science centre. The Fusion Expo was the first event hosted in this former fortress on the hill. In the two and a half weeks of its presence, the exhibition was visited by, among others, 126 school groups with a total of about 3200 persons. The attractive science centre made it possible to exhibit the EXPO in very appealing atmosphere. The 3D visualization system was again a strong attraction for the public.

There was just enough time for dismantling, transportation and reassembly and, on October 8, the Expo was officially opened in Budapest (Hungary). The local host, the Euratom Association Hungarian Academy of Science, had managed to get an attractive location in the Millenaris Park, right in the centre of the town. The Expo was integrated with additional information on the activities of the Hungarian Association. Also this exhibition was very successful and was visited by around 80 schools with a total of 2100 students and a total number of visitors of around 3500. A very good media coverage (i.e. press, radio, TV) was given to all events, particularly those in Poland and Hungary.