The European research consortium EUROfusion presents a game-based exhibition blending art, science and technology to explore fusion energy and get visitors' input on how fusion could fit into society.
Fusion, Power to the People is a new traveling science exhibition that makes understanding fusion energy and how it might play a role in society exciting and accessible to all European citizens. The exhibition blends virtual and real worlds by combining tech, science and art into one cohesive experience.
Fusion, Power to the People will premiere at the historical Les Docks Village in the heart of La Joliette business district, in Marseille. The Exhibition will open on Friday October 8th in timing with the Fête de la science celebration in Marseille and will run until December 19, 2021. Admittance is free of charge, and it will be open daily from 10h to 19h.
Science for Citizens
Fusion, Power to the People was created by EUROfusion, the European consortium for the realisation of fusion energy. As one of the biggest research consortia in Horizon Europe, Europe's 9th framework programme, EUROfusion is committed to share its research with the wider public. Fusion energy research is about creating a new source of clean energy for society, which is why raising awareness and involving European citizens is vital.
“We made this exhibition to introduce fusion to the public. Together with our member CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), we are thrilled to premiere this exhibition here in Marseille,” says EUROfusion Outreach Officer Mohamed Belhorma who developed Fusion, Power to the People.
Fusion, Power to the People looks to the past, present and future to help visitors understand what powers the Sun and stars, and show the efforts being made to harness that potential as a new source of clean, abundant and safe energy here on earth.
“Fusion energy is not familiar to most, but we believe it’s a vital topic for people to explore,” says Belhorma. “We created the exhibition to give a fun and engaging introduction to fusion energy. We want to show the public that fusion has the potential to be an important piece in solving the energy puzzle.”
The complex topic of fusion research is made accessible via the mobile app through which visitors interact with the exhibition. By navigating different spaces and unlocking crucial information through the app, visitors will explore and experience the exhibition as a series of unique activities and discoveries.
Visitors are enlisted into an adventure to recover knowledge artefacts via clues and challenges spread throughout the exhibition space. The story unfolds into three parts through which visitors discover the scientific principles behind fusion, experience fusion research for themselves, and explore different possible futures. The exhibition also contains fusion-inspired artwork to attract new audiences and share different viewpoints about fusion.
Open to all
"We want to show all sides of fusion", says Belhorma, "its promise but also the many challenges on the road to realise this technology, and questions like whether it will come in time. We are convinced that fusion has an important role to play in sustainable energy and we want to have a discussion with the public about what that role could be. "
After opening in Marseille, Fusion, Power to the People will travel across Europe to start a broad discussion about fusion as a clean and safe addition to existing sustainable energy.
Fusion, Power to the People adheres to COVID-19 regulations and presents an inviting space for all. Anyone aged 15 to 95 comfortable using a smartphone or tablet should find this active learning experience about the fascinating topic of fusion energy to their liking.
Source: Fusion Expo, EUROfusion
Fusion Expo Poster - Credit: EUROfusion consortium