Jordan – Inauguration of the SESAME Synchrotron project (16 May 2017)


France welcomes the inauguration of the International Center for Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) on May 16 in Jordan.

This international research center, which is the first entirely solar-powered particle accelerator, will bring together scientists from several countries, including Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories and Turkey. It provides a model for what could be promising and more innovative cooperation in the region.

Drawing on the example set by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the EU has lent constant support to the SESAME project, to which it has provided €15 million in funding. The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) also helped establish the center by providing scientific equipment and by training several staff members on how to use the synchrotron.