The Glory of International Cooperation

Join this virtual workshop to be held on 21 September 2022, 3:00-4:30PM CET, as a side event of the ICRI 2022 Conference.

The workshop "The Glory of International Cooperation" is a virtual side event of the International Conference on Research Infrastructure (Brno, Czech Republic, 19-21 October 2022). The workshop will take place on Friday, 21 September 2022, 3:00-4:30PM CET. Participation is free.

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SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) is the only synchrotron light facility in the Middle East and neighboring regions, that came into operation in 2017. SESAME current Members are Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine and Turkey. Current Observers are Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK, and USA. SESAME seeks establishing the excellency of science and technology, besides functioning as a bridge between its diverse culturally and politically conflicting societies aiming to build a community that will be able to deal with many scientific challenges and hopefully beyond. SESAME started in 1997 following the model of CERN. A long journey has been started to construct the first third generation light-source in the region.

The session will highlight the utmost recognition and the challenges towards its continuity and development. Speakers will also shed light on their extensive experience with international cooperation initiatives such as the Palestinian-German Science Bridge PGSB, LAAAMP, and the African Light Source establishment.


Gihan Kamel, IR Beamline Principal Scientist/Team Supervisor, SESAME Staff Representative, SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), Jordan


Rolf Heuer (European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, and President of SESAME Council).

Sekazi Mtingwa (Principal Partner; TriSEED Consultants, USA).

Michele Zema (Executive Outreach Officer, International Union of Crystallography, Chair of LAAAMP Executive Committee, Chair of X-TechLab Scientific Committee, Benin).

Ghaleb Natour (Central Institute of Engineering and Technology – Forschungszentrum, Jülich, and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germany).

Posted 26 Sep 2022