RSS, SESAME, ICTP sign memo to support scientific research

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AMMAN — A memorandum of understanding to promote scientific research and education, training and communication in Jordan, was signed Tuesday between the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) and the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.اضافة اعلان

The tripartite memo was signed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, Khaled Toukan, Director of SESAME, and Atish Dabholkar, director of ICTP.

In a statement, the RSS said that the memo sets a framework to foster the development of the scientific capacity of Jordanian and MENA scientists interested in synchrotron physics and applications. It provides training scholarships to work with experts at SESAME, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), and Elettra Sincrotrone in the northern Italian city of Trieste. This aims to develop a pool of SESAME users within the Jordanian and MENA scientific community.

Under the memo, the RSS, an independent, non-government, not-for-profit institution, will create a partnership with researchers in Jordan and facilitate their training opportunities at SESAME and ICTP. Participation in the agreement will enhance the RSS’s strategic mission to support research at the frontiers of science, research facilitation, and the building the scientific capacity of Jordanian researchers.

Princess Sumaya expressed her utmost delight at the prospects of this partnership with ICTP and SESAME. She noted the shared mission between the three institutions, of building scientific capacity and strengthening scientific research and collaboration.

"ICTP, since its’ establishment in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, has been providing scientists from developing countries with training and skills to advance their scientific careers. SESAME has been fostering scientific and technological excellence in the Middle East by enabling world-class research that relies on SESAME facilities, while RSS, with its accumulated expertise of over 50 years, is recognized as the leading applied research institution, consultancy, and technical support service provider in Jordan, and is a regional leader in the fields of science and technology,” Princes Sumaya said.

“It seems very fitting that this partnership has been established, and I am really confident that we will soon reap its benefits, not only in Jordan but in the whole region" she added.

Toukan said that SESAME is pleased to be a part of this memo along with RSS, and ICTP. "SESAME has had long standing relations and collaboration with ICTP since the early phases of its establishment,” Toukan said, thanking both the princess and Dabholker for participating in this promising partnership that aims to build bridges through scientific collaboration to enable partners to explore more areas of advanced research of benefit to Jordan and region.

For his part, Dabholkar commended the collaboration between the RSS, SESAME, and ICTP. "ICTP had played a pivotal role in both the conception and realization of SESAME at a time when it seemed like a pipe dream. It is now a shining example of international cooperation through science," he said.

Dabholkar also expressed his thanks to Princess Sumaya and Toukan, adding, "We look forward to strengthening our collaboration and enhancing our mission which is sure to have a lasting impact on science in the region."

He said RSS, SESAME, and ICTP share a mission to build bridges through scientific collaboration and focused research on critical challenges. This new collaboration will enable the institutions to identify and explore areas of research for the benefit of Jordan, the MENA region, and the whole developing world, Dabholkar said.

The RSS has also signed a separate memo with ICTP that focuses on knowledge sharing and scientific collaboration in the fields of Earth System Physics (ESP), High-Performance Computing (HPC), and climate modelling.

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