EUROfusion, Marseille, France
What is the source of the Sun's immense energy? Can we use that process to build a clean, safe sustainable power plant here on earth? And how would that change our energy future? EUROfusion's provocative new traveling science exhibition answers these questions and more.
Five years in the making, Fusion: Power to the People is a tour de force: not satisfied with just showing scientific explanations and experiments, it includes puzzles, games and cross-media elements both to make for a great experience and to make it as easy as possible to absorb all the different facets of fusion. The exhibition intentionally gives visitors the freedom to piece together their own understanding of fusion and its role in our energy infrastructure, so that they can learn about fusion the way they want to. Uniquely, the many videos visitors can unlock in an app mean that people can take the exhibition home with them and revisit content again whenever they want.
On Thursday 28 October, a festive inauguration ceremony in Marseille officially opened the new exhibition to the public. After speeches by representatives Jacques Vayron (Director of CEA Cadarache), Jérôme Bucalossi (Head of CEA’s Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research), Tony Donné (Programme Manager at EUROfusion) and Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero (Deputy Head of the Euratom Research Unit, DG RTD, European Commission), participants had the opportunity to explore the exhibition themselves.
“We made this exhibition to introduce fusion to the public”, says Mohamed Belhorma, Outreach Officer at EUROfusion and lead designer of Fusion: Power to the People. “Together with our member CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), we are thrilled to premiere this exhibition here in Marseille.”