From CERN: “European Commission and CERN support major research facility in the Middle East”


CERN New Masthead

28 May 2013

“The European Commission and CERN have today agreed to support the construction of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), one of the most ambitious research facilities in the Middle East.

SESAME is a so-called synchrotron light source, functioning in effect like a giant microscope. It will allow researchers from the region to investigate the properties of advanced materials, biological processes and cultural artefacts. SESAME is a unique joint venture based in Jordan that brings together scientists from its members Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey. Alongside its scientific aims, the project aims to promote peace in the region through scientific cooperation.


European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, said: ‘We are very happy to join forces with CERN to support one of the most exciting scientific projects in the Middle East. The…

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