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Italian ambassador inaugurates entry of SESAME into INFN-CHNet network

Fabio Cassese
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — On February 15 Italian Ambassador Fabio Cassese inaugurated at the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), the Middle East’s first synchrotron, a new laboratory of the INFN-CHNet network dedicated to Cultural Heritage (CHNet).  اضافة اعلان

The ceremony took place at the presence of the director of SESAME, Khaled Toukan, and of many members of the scientific community. The event was also attended by Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) coordinator of the CHNet network, Francesco Taccetti, and Mariangela Cestelli Guidi, who is in charge of one of INFN’s synchrotron beamlines, according to a press statement.

The newly launched laboratory has been provided with high level technical equipment, in particular a new microscope and spectroscope worth nearly 250.000 euros, both financed and installed at SESAME by INFN.

Ambassador Cassese stated that: “Italy has been strongly committed to support SESAME since its creation, both financially and in terms of highly qualified human and scientific resources. Cultural Heritage is a pivotal area for Italy and a source of significant bilateral synergies, well exemplified by several Italian archeological missions carried out in Jordan and by the existing academic cooperation on the subject, carried out also through activities promoted with funds of the Italian Development Cooperation. Therefore, I am delighted to see this sector becoming now also a relevant area of research at the Centre of excellence such as SESAME”.

Formally opened by His Majesty King Abdullah on May 16, 2017, SESAME is an intergovernmental scientific facility based in Allan, Jordan. It is the only Middle East synchrotron light source, as well as the first real international scientific Centre of excellence in the region. Its activities range from the science of materials to biology, medical science and protection of cultural heritage.

Created under the auspices of UNESCO, it is an independent intergovernmental organization structured similarly to CERN, although it is characterized by rather different scientific goals.

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