Information Meeting about SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) for Permanent Delegations

When :

from Tuesday 18 December, 2018
to Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Type of event :

Information Meeting with Permanent Delegations

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Room XII, 7 Place de fontenoy, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

The Information meeting is designed to foster partnerships with SESAME, an intergovernmental synchrotron light facility set up under the auspices of UNESCO and located in Jordan. It will consist of presentations by distinguished figures involved in SESAME’s activity and will provide Permanent Delegations with information about the Centre and its mission and science, Jordan as the host country of the laboratory, SESAME on the international stage, an example of the commitment to SESAME of its Members, and the benefits for their work use of the synchrotron light source is bringing for scientists using the machine.

SESAME is an intergovernmental science centre in Allan (Jordan) set up under the auspices of UNESCO on the model of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) that formally came into existence in April 2004. Its Members are currently Cyprus, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine and Turkey. The Observers are Brazil, Canada, China (People’s Republic of), France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA, in addition to CERN and the European Union.

SESAME will enable research in fields ranging from medicine and biology, through materials science, physics and chemistry to healthcare and archaeology - much focussed on issues of regional and international importance, e.g. related to the environment, cultural heritage, health, and agriculture. The laboratory was officially opened by His Majesty King Abdullah II on 16 May 2017. Two of the suite of seven Phase I beamlines came into operation in 2018 and in July the first users started to use SESAME for their experiments. One hundred and three applications for beam time on these two beamlines have been received in response to SESAME’s second call for applications in September 2018. A third and fourth beamline are expected to come on stream relatively soon and plans are beginning for the remaining three. SESAME is to be the first accelerator in the world to be powered entirely by renewable energy.

The collaboration of over 1,000 scientists (including many PhD students) who will use SESAME is expected to:
- Foster world-class scientific research in the Middle East, neighbouring countries and beyond;
- Build cross-border collaboration, dialogue and understanding between scientists with
diverse cultural, political and religious backgrounds; and
- Help reverse the brain drain that is holding back science education and research in the region and neighbouring countries.