ICTP Colloquium on SESAME: a Source of Light in the Middle East
Starts 2 Apr 2019 16:30
Ends 2 Apr 2019 18:00
Central European Time
Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Eliezer Rabinovici is Leon H. and Ada G. Miller professor at the Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds the Louis Michel Chair at IHES since September 2015. His area of research is theoretical high-energy physics, in particular quantum field theory and string theory. Biosketch
Eliezer Rabinovici was born in Jerusalem in 1946. He holds a PhD in High Energy Physics from Weizman Institute of Science. Among his many affiliations, he is member of the international advisory and scientific committee of the Galileo Galilei (GGI) - Florence, member of the European Physical Society Executive Board and holds the Louis Michel Chair at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifques IHES, University Paris-Saclay since 2015.
He is one of the founders of SESAME and Vice President elect of the SESAME Council and Chairman of the Israeli Committee for Sesame.
Rabinovici was awarded the 2019 AAAS Prize for Science Diplomacy together with other internationally regarded colleagues for his considerable contribution in the creation and development of the international scientific centre SESAME in Allan, Jordan.
SESAME is a cooperative venture by scientists and governments of the Middle East set up on the model of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).
Members of SESAME are Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey. The Synchrotron Light source will be used by researchers to study a large variety of scientific questions. It is currently being constructed in Jordan and preparations are underway for scientific activities to start.
Rabinovici will describe from a very personal view point how this project has come into being starting in 1995. The story will move from the CERN cafeteria through the ICTP, SISSA and Sistiana, crossing the Sinai desert to the completion of a high quality scientific electron accelerator in Jordan.
The talk will be livestreamed from the ICTP website and will be followed by light refreshments.
All are welcome to attend.