ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot was questioned in a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives. The energy subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology asked tough questions which he obviously answered satisfactorily. By the end of ay, Ernest Moniz from the U.S Department of Energy, which, by the way, was one of the three partners participating in the first Wendelstein 7-X campaign, proposed to remain part of the ITER project until at least 2018.

Science-Magazine-Logo„It would be a real drawback because it would be difficult to replace the expertise.“ (During a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives on 20 th April, 2016 ITER’s Director-General Bernard Bigot answered the question whether a U.S. withdrawal would be fatal to the ITER project.)
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2014-vice-motherboard“ITER is an invaluable science experiment but we need parallel programs to simultaneously develop technologies. I think we need to start taking more risks instead of waiting for the perfect solution 50 years from now.” (Dennis Whyte, Director of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center in the an article for
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“At this time, our continued participation [...] is in the best interest of the nation. [The US should] remain a partner in the ITER project through Fiscal Year 2018,” writes Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz from the Department of Energy (DOE) in the introductory message of the report to the US Congress released on 26th May.
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Bernard Bigot“If I am tense and anxious it won’t improve anything. If something goes wrong and is outside your scope, there is nothing you can do to avoid it. Keep concentrating on what lies in your hands”, explains Bernard Bigot calmly after EUROfusion managed to catch him at the busy Heathrow airport. He was asked about the right attitude necessary to tackle the problems which come with the job as ITER Director-General.
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