PSI26 - 12>17 May 2024

Details on conference program and social events
Visit ITER
15, 17 and 16 May 2024

ITER Site Visit

ITER, the world’s largest fusion energy research project, is nestled in the Provence countryside some 80 km north of Marseille. We offer 200 conferences participants the unique opportunity to join us at the ITER worksite and get first-hand impressions of progress made so far. We will show you some of the giant components and the progress of the construction site.
ITER Site

Please carry a valid ID on you – this could either be a EU-issued (Schengen) ID card or a passport but the SAME ID that was used to register is required for all the tours. Copies of ID documents, driving licenses or professional badges are not accepted.

Please remember to respect the dress code for the visit at ITER: wear long trousers - shorts, dresses or skirts are not permitted. Also, flat, closed shoes are required – open shoes or high heels are not allowed.

Be at the BUS STOP at least 15 minutes prior the actual departure time.

Only light shoulder bags will be permitted.
Social Activities

#1 : The MUCEM museum and the COSQUER cave


Cultural tour of Marseille starting with an audio-guided tour of a replica of the Cosquer cave, then a free tour of the Galerie de la Méditerranée, as well as the Museum of Phocaean Civilization (MUCEM)

Replica of the Cosquer Cave. Visit the replica of the Cosquer Cave, a prehistoric cave hidden 37m beneath the sea, in an atmosphere similar to that of the original. Explore the 1,750-square-metre cave comfortably seated on board exploratory vehicles. During your tour, an audio-guide commentary will help you unlock the secrets of the Homo sapiens who lived in the cave 30,000 years ago. The duration of the tour is about 35 minutes.

Galerie de la mediterranée. Located on the same building than the Cosquer cave, the Galerie de la Méditerranée focuses on the Homo sapiens who lived in the cave, their relations with the animals in the bestiary, the ways in which they represented themselves, and their activities in the sea. Free visit (about 1h).

MUCEM museum. Great museum dedicated to the Mediterranean. It recounts, analyses and sheds light on the ancient foundations of this cradle of civilization and the tensions running through it since that time. Both its exhibitions and its cultural programmes offer a multidisciplinary vision that combines anthropology, history, archaeology, art history and contemporary art to show the public the multiple facets of the Mediterranean world and its ongoing dialogue with Europe. Guided visit (about 1h30).

#2 : Wine tasting and visit of the town of CASSIS

This tour will take you to Cassis, a former fishing town located 30km from Marseille. The tour will begin with the visit to a winery and tasting of local wines. The bus will then drop you off iin the center of Cassis, to enjoy a self-guided tour. Return to Marseille by bus.

Winery Domaine Bodin. Tasting of five wines with canapés and verrines.

Town of Cassis. Self-guided visit. To see: colourful fishing boats, pavement cafés, seafood restaurants, blue Mediterranean waters, port of Cassis, Bestouan beach, Grande Plage beach, etc.

Possibility for people who wish to go to the famous calanques of Port Pin (45 min) and En Vau (2 hours) by walking from Cassis. Walk and return to Marseille to plan on your own.

#3 : Boat tour of the Marseille Calanques

Marseille Calanques

🛥 Departing from Vieux Port, this boat ride unveils the stunning limestone cliffs and hidden coves of the Calanques.
🌊 As we navigate the stunning coastline, our expert guide shares insights into the local flora and fauna. The highlight? A refreshing swim in the clear Mediterranean waters, revealing the beauty beneath the surface. Make sure to bring a swimsuit!

#4 : Sightseeing by mini-train and walking tour of Marseille

Vieeux-port, Marseille
Embark on a whimsical journey through the heart of Marseille aboard our charming mini-train! Experience the city's highlights without breaking a sweat.

🌊 Vieux Port Coastal Cruise: Hop aboard as we meander along the iconic Vieux Port, immersing you in the lively atmosphere of Marseille's historic harbor. Enjoy the picturesque views of bobbing boats and vibrant markets, all narrated by our knowledgeable guide.

⛰️ Notre-Dame de la Garde Panorama: Ascend to new heights as our mini-train winds its way to the majestic Notre-Dame de la Garde. Marvel at the panoramic views of Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea while our guide unveils the rich history behind this iconic basilica.

👣 Guided Walking Tour: The adventure doesn't end there! Disembark and join our local guide for an intimate walking tour in small groups through the charming streets of Marseille. Discover hidden gems, hear intriguing stories, and immerse yourself in the authentic culture of this vibrant city.
Social Events

Welcome Reception

The Palais du Pharo is an elegant "imperial residence" donated by the city to Napoleon III. Its name, derived from "farot", refers to the mound separating it from the open sea, on which a lookout dominated, mentioned on maps as early as the 14th century.

The town offered the land to enable the future guest to have a waterfront dwelling, to be built by Lefuel. It was this architect, who drew his inspiration from the styles and forms of the past, who also later completed the Louvre and the Nouvelles Tuileries.

In the end, the Emperor never stayed at the Pharo. After his death in 1873, his wife, Empress Eugenie, granted the palace to the city.

This iconic venue in Marseille is set to host the PSI congress and the Welcome Reception. With its breathtaking view of the sea, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing drink on the opening day of the conference. Join us for an unforgettable evening by the waterfront, as we kick off the PSI conference with a delightful gathering at this picturesque location.

GALA DINNER

The Palais de la Bourse was the first building to be erected under the Second Empire. It was designed by architect Pascal Coste. It was the starting point for the great wave of public building construction in Marseille in the mid-19th century. The building houses the headquarters of the Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry.­

At 47 meters long, 30 meters high and 68 meters deep, the building exceeds in every respect the dimensions of the Palais Brongniart, the Paris Stock Exchange.

Benefiting from a colossal budget for the time, Pascal Coste surrounded himself with the greatest painters and sculptors of his time, notably the three "Grand Prix de Rome": Auguste Ottin, Armand Toussaint and Eugène Guillaume.

This splendid historical edifice, ideally situated in the heart of Marseille along the Canebière and just a stone's throw away from the Old Port, awaits your presence on Thursday evening. Join us for an enchanting Gala Dinner in this iconic venue, steeped in history and charm, as we celebrate the culmination of the PSI conference in a truly remarkable setting.
Women in Fusion Events

Women in Fusion

Gender diversity is essential to any scientific community that aims at fostering innovation and ensuring an inclusive and equitable environment, ultimately improving the quality and social responsibility of research outcomes.

The LOC of the PSI-26 conference has this topic at heart and partners with Women in Fusion to include it in the conference.

Women in Fusion (WiF) is a global platform supporting women and women organizations active in the fusion community (public and private sector as well as academia) all around the globe. WiF is the global platform for encouraging women and highlighting their role in the fusion field.

The WiF will be represented at PSI by Kalle HEINOLA, Scientific Secretary of the WiF Steering Committee, who will support the LOC in its networking efforts.

Two Women in Fusion events will take place at the PSI conference :

- Keynote with Laurence Piketty (Deputy CEO of CEA) and Pietro Barabaschi (ITER Organisation Director General) on the importance of gender diversity and inclusion in the fusion community. This keynote will be part of the opening ceremony.
- Networking luncheon allowing mentors and mentees to share experiences, reflect on our community's culture, and foster ideas to embrace gender diversity.