UK companies descended on Marseille on 25th-27th March for the ITER Business Forum 2015 in the stately surroundings of the Palais du Pharo.
The conference hosted 875 delegates from 410 separate organisations from around the globe. From the UK, 13 companies were in attendance, ranging from seasoned bidders to those attending for the first time. Following ongoing collaborative activity with UK Trade and Investment on big science opportunities, UKTI secured funds to pay for the attendance of 10 UK companies.
This ITER Business Forum was the first for the newly appointed ITER Director-General, Bernard Bigot, who delivered one of the opening plenaries. In the talk he set out his seven-point action plan to see ITER succeed. Delegates also heard updates from the domestic agencies and had the opportunity to catch up on the status of the project in parallel thematic sessions.
Overall the forum was a good opportunity for UK companies to network and catch up with ITER business. Richard Layne from Tessella, one of the British firms attending, said: “It has been a useful opportunity to keep up to date with the ITER project and upcoming opportunities – also to talk and keep in touch with relevant people.”