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Field Trip


6 to 11 July


Allan, Jordan




SESAME: A light source for the Middle East

Meeting point: The organizer will contact participants directly.

Number of participants: 5

Registration fee: CHF 200 (includes cost for travel, accommodation and most meals).

Details: Visas for Israel and Jordan are the responsibility of participants and will need to be secured before departure. It is not possible to buy a Jordanian visa at the bridge crossing. The weather is likely to be hot and dry throughout the visit. The security situation in the region will be reviewed before departure, but travel is at the participants’ own risk.

Organizer: CERN on behalf of SESAME

Sponsor: European Union’s OPEN SESAME project

Contact: James Gillies (

SESAME is a third-generation synchrotron light source located in Jordan. Established under the auspices of UNESCO, and operated as an intergovernmental organisation, SESAME’s members are Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Pakistan and Turkey. SESAME fosters scientific advancement and regional cooperation.

This extended field trip will take place over a period of five days. It will begin in Israel with visits to universities and researchers involved in SESAME. Participants will then visit universities in the West bank involved with the project before crossing the Allenby / King Hussein bridge to Jordan to visit the SESAME laboratory.

Tentative programme:

Sat. 6 July: Travel from Geneva to Tel Aviv

Sun. 7 July: Visits to Israeli institutions involved with SESAME.

Mon. 8 July: Morning visits to Israeli institutions. Afternoon transfer to Nablus for meetings with Palestinian researchers.

Tues. 9 July: Visit Palestinian institutions involved with SESAME.

Wed. 10 July: Transfer to Amman, meet SESAME scientists.

Thurs. 11 July: Visit SESAME, return to Geneva from Amman.

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