Scientific Opportunities for the Cypriot Research Community Using Synchrotron Radiation - 1st SESAME

Publish Date
05 May, 2013

Date: Tuesday 14 May 2013, 08:00

Location: The Cyprus Institute, Athalassa Campus, Nicosia


SESAME, the synchrotron facility under development in Jordan, is developing quickly and first experiments can be conducted in the very near future. The SESAME project that is jointly pursued by the EU and numerous countries in our region (including Cyprus) is inviting interested scientists to participate in a one-day meeting that introduces SESAME and the resulting scientific opportunities to the Cypriot community. The meeting will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduce scientists in Cyprus to SESAME projects and in particular the scientific program

  2. Show how a powerful scientific tool like the synchrotron can be used in various fields of science covering: material science, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, environmental science, archaeology, macro-molecular biology, developing new drugs, nano-technology and nuclear physics – studying various isotopes

  3. Present training opportunities available through SESAME

  4. Discuss specifications, techniques and applications of SESAME Phase – I beamlines with particular emphasis on four day-one beamlines: Infrared Beamline (IR), Protein Crystallography Beamline (PX), X-ray Fluorescence/X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Beamline (XRF/XAFS) and Powder Diffraction Beamline (PD)


9.00 - 9.30 Registration
9.30 Welcome address by the President of the Cyprus Institute
9.40 Welcome address by the Planning Bureau
9.50 SESAME Introduction, M.Y. Khalil (SESAME, Jordan)
10.20 LinkSCEEM and Cy-Tera - Computational power for SESAME, C. Alexandrou/J. Wiegand (CaSToRC,CyI, Cyprus)
10.40 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 SESAME training programme, M.Y. Khalil (SESAME, Jordan)
11.40 "Symbiosis of nuclear versus synchrotron data in trans-disciplinary research"
"The Qumran and Dead Sea Scroll Project", J. Gunneweg (Hebrew University, Israe
12.40-13.40 Lunch break and networking
13.40 Macromolecular Crystallography, M. Yousef (USA)
14.20 BASEMA for XAFS/XRF techniques at SESAME, M. Harfouche (SESAME, Jordan)
15.00 15:20 Coffee break
15.20 An Infrared Beamline Emira at the third generation light source SESAME: Applications of synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy, I. Yousef (SESAME, Jordan)
16.00 Tour of facilities
17.00 Close


Participation is free. Please register by e-mail to Places will be allocated by first come first served basis.


Jens Wiegand,