ICTP School

Publish Date
22 October, 2023

SESAME is glad to invite you to the third edition of the ICTP online School on Synchrotron Light Sources and their Applications. The school will introduce young scientists to the design, operation, and research opportunities offered at a modern synchrotron light source and how such sources are realised.

The school will be held over two weeks and will consist of three modules:

  1. The physical aspects concerning the design and function of the main components: accelerators, insertion devices and beamline optics
  2. An overview of the arguments that can be made in order to fund and build a synchrotron light source, including socioeconomic benefit, stakeholder engagement, communication
  3. Overview of common synchrotron light techniques,.

Starts 15 January 2024
Ends 26 January 2024
Central European Time 
Registration: https://indico.ictp.it/event/10455/

Deadline: Monday, 10 December 2023 
There is no registration fee.


  • Fundamentals of synchrotron radiation from storage rings
  • Fundamentals of X-ray interactions with matter
  • Design and operation of storage rings
  • Beamline design: Photon transport and optics
  • Bending magnets and insertion devices
  • Project management at a large facility
  • Ancillary devices for light sources
  • Socioeconomic justification
  • Cultural heritage
  • Stakeholder engagement/communications
  • Starting up user operations at a new facility
  • Industrial Applications
  • IR microscopy
  • Basics of X-ray crystallography and powder diffraction
  • Basics of structural biology
  • Fundamentals of X-ray absorption: EXAFS and XANES
  • XRF, TXRF, GXRF and their applications in materials and life sciences
  • Tomography

Marielle AGBAHOUNGBATA (X-TechLab, Benin), Simon CONNELL (University of Johannesburg, AFLS, South Africa), Messaoud HARFOUCHE (SESAME, Jordan), Gihan KAMEL (SESAME, Jordan), Andrea LAUSI (SESAME, Jordan), Kirsi O. LORENTZ (Cyprus Institute, Cyprus), Alessandro MIGLIORI (IAEA, Austria), Edward MITCHELL (ESRF, France), Sekazi MTINGWA (TriSEED Consultants LLC, USA), Prosper NGABONZIZA (Louisiana State University, USA), Ozgul OZTURK (University of Siegen, Germany), Sandro SCANDOLO (ICTP, Italy), Michele ZEMA (University of Bari, Italy), Local Organiser: Nadia Binggeli (ICTP)