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On Monday, March 31, 2019, An-Najah National University in cooperation with a ‎group of international scientific research centers including SESAME, Diamond, ‎Soleil Synchrotron, Campus France, open SESAME and Al-Maqdisi program, ‎launched the activities of the Second International Workshop on Synchrotron ‎Radiation and Applications (SESAME in Palestine).‎

The workshop aimed at introducing the attendees to SESAME Project-Jordan and its ‎fields and applications, discussing its benefits. The workshop included an overview and discussion of how the SESAME Project cultivates the forming of specialized research groups to support researchers in particular and the overall University strategic goals.  It also included the promotion of scientific research among faculties, expanding research cooperation between An-Najah and  both regional and international universities, and forming specialized research groups to improve research methods and linkages among international organizations.  

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Dr. Sabri Saidam, Minister of ‎Education and Higher Education, Prof. Maher Natsheh, Acting President of An-‎Najah, Prof. Riccardo Bartolini,  Technical Director of SESAME, Eng. Adnan ‎Smarah, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Council for Creativity ‎and Excellence, Dr. Maen Ishtaiwi, Dean of the Faculty of science, Dr. Ahmed ‎Bassalat, Staff member at the Physics Department and coordinator of the workshop, ‎Dr. Hadil Abualrob, Member of the National Palestinian committee for SESAME ‎Project and Staff member at the Physics Department and a large number of ‎Palestinian universities and their representatives, as well as interested and motivated students.‎

The workshop included presentations given by international specialists and experts to direct researchers to what can be done through SESAME and encourage graduate students to enroll in related programs.

In the opening speech, Prof. Natsheh welcomed the attendees and paid tribute to everyone who contributed to the success of this workshop.  

He noted how An-Najah provides enhanced support for research and academic activities in a wide array of disciplines, expressing An-Najah's interest in developing the most cutting edge scientific research as one of the fundamental pillars for achieving progress. Lastly, he expressed the importance of developing academic relations and links with European partners and international research Centres to foster research both nationally and within the University in particular.

In his speech, Dr. Saidam thanked the event participants, organizers and supporters ‎for their efforts and said that the State of Palestine, represented by the Ministry of ‎Education and Higher Education, had played a key role in the establishment of ‎SESAME Project. He also expressed pride in having Palestine as one the founding ‎members of SESAME Jordan. Dr. Saidam also pointed out that SESAME Project ‎was established under the auspices of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, ‎Scientific and Cultural Organization and it is the Middle East's first major ‎international research centre. He also commended the role of An-Najah in supporting ‎the Ministry of Education in leading this project at national level during the last few ‎years. ‎

Dr. Ishtaiwi said that An-Najah’s Faculty of Science, in cooperation with the Ministry ‎of Education and Higher Education has committed itself to serve society through ‎partnering with international and local institutions and universities.‎

Dr. Abualrob said that this workshop comes as a result of years of hard work and ‎cooperation with a group of scientific centers and highlighted its aims to share and exchange experiences in the field of synchrotron radiation and its applications.

Dr Abu Rub concluded her remarks by announcing that a branch of magnetic measurements laboratory will be launched in SESAME in cooperation with partner centres. The lab will be having specialists from An-Najah University in cooperation with partners in LAL, Soleil and Diamond.

Dr. Bassalat while he is convening the ceremony announced that this workshop will ‎be the first milestone in future activities related to SESAME and Synchrotron ‎applications for better developing users community in Palestine.‎

At the end of the workshop, Prof. Bartolini gave a presentation on SESAME Project and engaged in a question and answer session with the audience. 


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