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FORUM to Celebrate ”The Origin of SESAME and beyond" with Prof. Herman Winick

By Christine Marie-Therese Darve posted 06-30-2022 01:28

On July 28 at 4 pm CET (10 am ET), join this open forum and meet with Profs. Herman Winick, Herwig Schopper, Ada Yonath, Rolf Heuer, Chris Llewellyn-Smith, Zafra Lerman, Zehra Sayers, Clarissa Formosa-Gauci,Tord Ekelof, Giorgio Margaritondo, Eliezer Rabinovici, Ercan Alp, Gihan Kamel, Kirsi Lorentz, Simon Connell, Sekazi Mtingwa and Maedeh Darzi.

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We propose to celebrate the brightness of key individuals while returning to the Origin of SESAME, the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East.

“SESAME was conceived in the late 1990s with the intention to foster scientific cooperation in a region of the world that has been torn by persistent conflicts. The project is built on the idea that science can help to overcome barriers and cultural differences within the common ground of science and research.”

We will share archives and live testimonials to commemorate this strong symbol illustrating the power of science diplomacy and science for peace. As of today, 4 beam lines are operating to empower the growing Middle-East scientific communities, as illustrated in numerous scientific publications opening the route towards a brilliant future. Esteemed guests will share their perspectives to capture this incredible story.


After receiving his AB (1953) and PhD (1957) in physics from Columbia University, Herman Winick has continued to work in experimental high energy physics at the University of Rochester (1957–59) and then as a member of the scientific staff and Assistant Director of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator at Harvard University (1959–73)

He is best known for his leadership role, starting in the mid-1970s, in the development of wiggler and undulator magnet insertion devices as advanced synchrotron radiation sources.

Since retirement he is focusing largely on synchrotron light sources in developing countries such as the International Centre for Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), work he began in 1998, the African Light Source (AfLS) and the Mexican Light Source.

=> The complete recording is now available at , shining a spotlight on the multiple facets of the SESAME foundation !

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