Starts 10 Jan 2012 16:30
Ends 10 Jan 2012 20:00
Central European Time
Leonardo da Vinci Building Main Lecture Hall
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
The global scientific landscape is changing rapidly. New scientific powers are emerging, and international collaboration is growing dramatically. In the first part of this talk I will review these changes as a prelude to discussing attempts to harness global science to address global problems (such as climate change, the spread of diseases, and the loss of bio-diversity). In the second half of the talk I will review the status of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) as an example of a project with the dual aims of building scientific capacity and building bridges between people in diverse countries through scientific collaboration. SESAME, which is modelled on CERN, is a third generation light source under construction in Jordan: the members are currently Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey.