Programme Opening of SESAME
Under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II
16 May 2017

Arrival at SESAME
Welcome by the President of the SESAME Council, the President Elect and the Director
Opportunity to see a model of SESAME
Arrival of His Majesty King Abdullah II
Reception by the President of the Council, Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, the Director, Professor Khaled Toukan, H.R.H. Princess Sumaya, the Prime Minister of Jordan, H.E. Mr Hani Al-Mulki, the President Elect of the Council, Professor Rolf Heuer, and the Administrative Director, Professor Yasser Khalil
His Majesty unveils a plaque in the entrance to the SESAME Hall
His Majesty enters the building where the Heads of the Delegations from the SESAME Members, the European Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation, and the Directors General of CERN, IAEA and UNESCO are presented
His Majesty visits the Experimental Hall accompanied by the President and President Elect of the Council, the Director, and the Administrative Director, where they are joined by the Scientific Director, Professor Giorgio Paolucci
His Majesty enters the tent
Statement by the President of the Council on behalf of the SESAME Members
Film outlining the purposes and history of SESAME
Words of thanks by the Director
His Majesty, the President, the President Elect, the Directors, the Heads of the Delegations from the SESAME Members, the European Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation, and the Directors General of CERN, IAEA and UNESCO are called to the stage for a photograph
His Majesty leaves the tent, accompanied by the President and Director and departs
Programme continues with short statements by;
Heads of the Members’ Delegations:

Jordanian Delegation: Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the El Hassan Science City and the Royal Scientific Society
Cypriot Delegation: Mr George Georghiou, Permanent Secretary of the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development
Egyptian Delegation: Professor Mahmoud M. Sakr, President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology
Iranian Delegation: H.E. Mr Mujtaba Ferdousi Pour, Ambassador to Jordan
Israeli Delegation: Mr Peretz Vazan, Director General of the Ministry of Science and Technology
Pakistani Delegation: Mr Muhammad Naeem, Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission
Turkish Delegation: Mr Zafer Alper, President of the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority

Head of the German Delegation: H.E. Ms Birgitta Maria Siefker-Eberle, Ambassador to Jordan
Head of the Italian Delegation: Mr Vito De Filippo, Undersecretary of State for Education, University and Research
Representative of the SESAME staff: Mr Thaer Abu-Hanieh
Chair of the SESAME Users’ Committee: Dr Özgül Ozturk
Director General of CERN: Professor Fabiola Gianotti
European Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation: Dr Carlos Moedas 
Director-General of IAEA: Mr Yukiya Amano
Director-General of UNESCO: Ms Irina Bokova
Closing Remarks by the President of the Council
Reception and opportunity to tour SESAME