10-15 May 2021
Nice, France
Europe/Paris timezone

Technical tour

Visiting ITER – where history is under construction – and CEA – home of the WEST Tokamak

The works on the ITER construction site are progressing fast, bringing ITER closer to its first major appointment with history—the ignition of First Plasma in 2025. We would like to invite conference participants to take a first-hand look behind the scenes on the ITER construction site. 

We also offer a visit to ITER’s neighbour CEA, France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, home of the WEST Tokamak. 

This is a full-day excursion with three buses departing from Nice in the morning at different times (see timetable below). 

Programme Outline

In the ITER Visitors Centre you will first hear about latest developments relating to the ITER project. Afterwards you will go for a tour on the worksite where you will have the opportunity to step off the bus and visit some of the installations.

At CEA you will tour the Centre and learn about its facilities and activities. You will also be able to visit the WEST Tokamak, which is dealing with one of the most important fusion challenges: plasma-wall interactions.  

Date of excursion 11 October 2020
Deadline for registration 1 October 2020
Price ??? 


There are altogether 150 seats only. The first fifty participants will also visit CEA (Bus 1). We will allocate seats on a first come first served basis. 

Indicative timetables

Bus 1 – ITER and CEA

Departure 08:00
Lunch 12:00 – 12.30
Estimated arrival 17:00

Bus 2 – ITER

Departure 09:00
Lunch 11:30 – 12.00
Estimated arrival 16:00

Bus 3 – ITER

Departure 10:30
Lunch 13:00 – 13:30
Estimated arrival 17:00

The point of departure and arrival is the Acropolis Congress Centre, Nice

Lunch will be provided as part of the tour and served as lunch boxes in the ITER worksite canteen.

Important information: 


  • Registration for this excursion requires full registration as a conference participant. 
  • The technical tour on the ITER worksite will be limited to accessible areas. 
  • Please carry with you a valid ID (for EU citizens) or passport on the day of the excursion. ID documents will be checked at the point of entry both at ITER and at CEA. Please note that copies of ID documents or driver’s licenses are not accepted. 
  • Participants who have booked for a combined visit at ITER and CEA, need to provide a scan of their ID through the registration form. 
  • Please refrain from wearing short pants, skirts, open shoes or high heels. 
  • Photography on the ITER worksite is permitted.