SESAME Officially Opens In Middle East
SESAME, a synchrotron radiation laboratory in the Middle East, opened with an inauguration ceremony Nov. 3, attended by Prince Ghazi bin Mohammad of Jordan (left) and Koichiro Matsura, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (right).
Located in Allan, Jordan, SESAME is a UNESCO-sponsored project that promotes scientific development as well as understanding and cooperation among scientists from different countries in the Middle East. The November ceremony marked the completion of the main building for SESAME and scientific operations are expected to begin in 2011.
The project will offer facilities for interdisciplinary scientific collaboration and promote basic and applied research in the Middle East. Herman Winnick, a long-time APS member who currently serves on the APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs, was among the people who proposed SESAME and has been instrumental in promoting it.