SESAME –a scientific source of light for the Middle East and neighbouring regions

July 27, 2016 3:45 - 5:00 pm


In 2013, SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) was endorsed by 45 Nobel Laureates who described the project as: "a beacon, demonstrating how shared scientific initiatives can help light the way towards peace". It is a new third generation light source established under the auspices of UNESCO and with its governance modelled on that of CERN. Currently being constructed near Amman, Jordan it is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016, with a dual mission to provide a regional centre of excellence and a catalyst for peaceful collaboration. Its members are: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey. We will give an historical overview of SESAME, its mission to develop scientific excellence in the region, and look forward to the SESAME scientific programme, presenting the view of a young scientist preparing to do research at one of the facility’s first two beam lines.

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