The SESAME Council met on 30 and 31 May at the El Hassan Science City (EHSC) in Amman (Jordan), courtesy of Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan, President of the EHSC. Welcoming Delegates, Her Royal Highness stated that: "There is a great deal to celebrate at this meeting as we record that the SESAME project is making real and meaningful progress. We are all aware that SESAME's location in Jordan places it at a crossroads for regional peace-building and development. This has never been more relevant as the region shifts towards a new dynamic of opportunity. As the region's first major international research centre, SESAME will contribute to regional scientific, technical and economic development at a crucial stage in the history of the Middle East. You will be a focal point for regional scientific collaboration and for cross-border networking."