We bring you an inspiring yet extremely down to earth (pun intended) podcast where we speak to the heart of ITER: the scientists, engineers, technicians, managers, lawyers, interns, students, assistants and everyone in between who make this massive undertaking tick. These podcasts seek to dig into the human side of ITER: their work, their experiences in the multicultural environment, challenges and more.
S2E6: Narrating A Giant with Laban Coblentz
18:18A terrific experiment in the making since decades, ITER is a giant not only in sheer size, but in knowledge, complexity, and inspiration. In this last episode of Season 2, we take a look at how Laban Coblentz, the Communications Director at ITER is bringing its existence into the limelight. In this interview, we speak about not only the challenges, but also his objectives and personal motivations for the organization.
S2E5: ITER Spouses, A Journey of Transformation
33:12Meet the ITER Spouses - five women & man from India, China, Korea, Belgium and the Netherlands who speak about their journeys of moving to the small Provençal towns in and around Manosque to support their spouses on this fantastic voyage into the ITER World. From raising children, learning the ropes of living in Provence, rebuilding identities, and taking life into their own hands, this episode is perfect for other families who may move to ITER in the future, for other expats or for the simply curious.
S2E4: ITER Robots - Connecting as Humans
17:46What do a 14 year old in the south of France, a robot competition, and a scientist at a pioneering nuclear fusion experiment have in common? The love for coding and human collaboration! In this episode, I follow middle and high schoolers to the annual competition in Provence known as ITER Robots, where about 500 students are competing to make the best robots ever - ones that mimic the challenges at ITER such as remote handling. The bright youth share their journey, enthusiasm and their take on a potential future filled with AI and robots. Next, I speak with the co-organizer of the competition, Sophie Soufflet-Jacquis, following a warm-hearted finale of song and speech which wraps up the event in all its originality.
S2E3: Falling for Fusion
25:11This episode speaks with 2 young fusion enthusiasts who come from two distinct backgrounds yet convey a similar sense of purpose and passion for fusion - communicator Harry Kelso from the US and physics student Aleksandar Stojcheski from Macedonia. We speak about how they fell for fusion, how the youth perceives this energy source and what advice they'd give to other students and professionals who are curious about fusion.
S2E2: Visiting Planet ITER
21:08This interview takes us along to the heart of The ITER’ World - the assembly hall and Tokamak Pit, where a group of visitors from France, Thailand and the Netherlands have decided to come to Provence on their holiday and visit the ITER construction site. They give their impressions about ITER’s impressive goals and their honest take on nuclear fusion energy. Next, we speak to one of ITER’s visit guides, Kirsten Haupt who gives us insight into why so many people - both scientists and laymen - come to visit the site, who they are, and what her experience is as a guide at one the world’s largest human collaborations to date. From the Outside In, learn more about the inner workings of ITER and join in this audio tour!
S2E1: The Women at ITER
31:41Welcome to Season 2, The ITER World from The ITER Podcast. The first episode of this Season follows three exceptional women who have dominated their field and are pursuing their aspirations with ITER. The host, Kruti Mawani Fayot, speaks with engineers Aakanksha Saxena and Karina Vergara not only about the challenges, but also the advantages they have encountered as pioneers in nuclear fusion energy. Shira Tabachnikoff, ITER’s communication manager and co-founder of Women in Fusion, joins the discussion on the importance of creating a community for women in STEM and nuclear fusion fields. Descend with us in to THE ITER WORLD on the website, World Radio Paris, Youtube, and all your favorite podcast channels.
All About Iter: Piecing the Puzzle - A Unique In-Kind Contribution & Transportation System
44:48There’s simple, there’s complicated, there’s complex and then, there’s ITER. This episode delves into why and how an international organization can function on an In-Kind Contribution system, and how does it deliver all its highly technical promises – literally. We interview experts on how they transporting massive, one-of-a-kind components on-site after having agreed on such a unique In-Kind economic system, rather than the common product and service payment system.
All About Iter: The History of ITER
26:17I am with a special guest on this episode: a physicist, politically savvy negotiator, caring manager, and fascinating speaker who has been a supporter of fusion energy since his university days, and with ITER since its birth. We will be speaking with Akko Mass about the history of ITER: how it was conceived, how it is developing today and what his hopes are for the future of this organization.
All About Iter: The Sun is Our Model: A Conversation with the ITER Monaco Postdocs
40:31This is a special episode where we really dig deep into science! I, your host, Kruti will be speaking with five young, intelligent and frankly hilarious scientists that have come to ITER through the Monaco Post-doc fellowship program. These scientists break down the basics so that no matter who you are, you will better understand the physics behind this groundbreaking technology that everyone is looking forward to.