The president of the Sesame council has announced that the synchrotron facility will start its scientific programme in January 2017.
Speaking at a press conference at the EuroScience Open Forum on 27 July, Chris Llewellyn Smith said that Sesame’s first call for proposals will be open between August and September and that the first beams will circulate in the autumn. “Despite great difficulties, lots of scepticism and an increasingly difficult political situation, the news is that the machine works,” Llewellyn Smith said.
The Sesame laboratory project was created by Unesco, the UN’s educational branch, in 2002 in Allan, Jordan, to build a synchrotron light source for imaging experiments across the biological and physical sciences. It involves researchers from countries including Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey.