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First call for proposals for the SESAME light source

ISLAMABAD: SESAME, the pioneering new regional laboratory for the Middle East and
 
neighbouring countries has publicly announced its first call for proposals for experiments. 
 
A third generation light source with a research capacity ranging from medicine to cultural
 
heritage, SESAME’s first beams will be circulating this autumn, with the experimental
 
programme getting under way in 2017. SESAME is already host to a growing user community of
 
some 300 scientists from across the region and, as is standard in the light source community, is
 
open to proposals for good science, wherever they may come from.
 
Talking to the ceremony Dr. Khaled Toukan, SESAME’s Director General said that this is a very
 
big moment for SESAME. He said that it signals the start of the research programme at the first
 
international synchrotron research facility in our region.
 
“I am a string physicist, we study potential parallel universes,” said Eliezer Rabinovici, Professor
 
at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and former Vice-President of the SESAME Council. “At
 
Sesame I can actually be in such a parallel universe, one where scientists of the region work
 
together for the benefit of humanity and the benefit of their own people.”
 
SESAME is a unique intergovernmental venture created bottom-up by scientists from its
 
Members including Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian
 
Authority and Turkey.
 
SESAME will start up with two beam lines, one delivering infrared light, the other X-rays. The
 
laboratory’s full scientific programme will span fields ranging from medicine and biology,
 
through materials science, physics and chemistry to healthcare, the environment, agriculture and
 
archaeology.
 
“It has been a real thrill over recent months to see the SESAME main ring being installed”, said
 
Gihan Kamel, SESAME’s infrared beam line scientist. “The infra red beam line is also ready for
 
installation”, he said
 
SESAME’s maintenance and operation are financed by its Members. Capital investment has
 
come from special contributions from three Members: Israel, Jordan and Turkey, who will be
 
joined by Iran now that sanctions have been lifted. The European Commission financed the
 
design and construction of key components, the main-ring magnets and power supplies, through
 
a project coordinated by CERN. Italy provided the main-ring accelerating structures. Various
 
other countries have made contributions, including Germany, which donated the BESSY1
 
synchrotron, which has now been converted into the injector for the SESAME main ring.
 
“Europe has made a very important contribution to SESAME,” said Chris Llewellyn-Smith,
 
President of the SESAME Council, “helping to build scientific and technical capacity through
 
training and knowledge transfer through the main-ring project.”
 
Proposals for SESAME’s opening call may be submitted through the SESAME website from
 
August 2016. They will be examined by the SESAME Proposal Review Committee, which will
 
recommend SESAME’s opening research programme to the SESAME Directorate.

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