The challenges of conceiving, constructing, commissioning, and operating a large-scale research facility are significant. This is all the more so when the facility—the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) light source hosted near Amman in Jordan—is the first major international science center in the Middle East and neighboring regions.
The need for an international light source in the Middle East was first recognized by eminent scientists such as the Pakistani Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam in the 1980s. In 2017, this need become a reality. SESAME's inauguration was held on May 16, 2017.
Developed under the auspices of UNESCO and modelled on CERN (although it has very different scientific aims), SESAME is the result of hard work and determination on the part of governments in the Middle East and neighboring countries, but also that of governments of the observer countries of the center and scientists at large.
- Publication date
- 6 December 2019
- Directorate-General for Research and Innovation