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RSS, SESAME, ICTP sign MoU to support synchrotron applications in MENA region


(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman, Sep. 14 (Petra) -- The Royal Scientific Society (RSS) has partnered with the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) to sign an MoU with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) to promote scientific research and education, training, and communication in Jordan and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The MoU was signed virtually between the three organisations.
The MoU was signed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, Khaled Toukan, Director of SESAME and Atish Dabholkar, ICTP Director Professor.
In a statement, the RSS said that the MoU sets a framework to foster the development of the scientific capacity of Jordanian and MENA scientists interested in synchrotron physics and applications by providing training scholarships to work with experts at SESAME synchrotron in Allan and the Elettra synchrotron in the northern Italian city of Trieste. This will be done to develop a pool of SESAME users within the Jordanian and MENA scientific community.
Under the MoU, the RSS, an independent, non-government, not-for-profit institution, will create a partnership with researchers in Jordan and facilitate their training opportunities at SESAME and ICTP. Participation in the agreement will enhance the RSS's strategic mission for supporting research at the frontiers of science, research facilitation, and building the scientific capacity of Jordanian researchers.
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan expressed her utmost delight at the prospects of this partnership with ICTP and SESAME. She noted the shared mission between the three institutions, of building scientific capacity and strengthening scientific research and collaboration.
"ICTP, since its' establishment in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam has been providing scientists from developing countries with training and skills to advance their scientific careers, and SESAME has been fostering scientific and technological excellence in the Middle East by enabling world-class research that relies on SESAME facilities, while RSS, with its accumulated expertise over 50 years, is recognized as the leading applied research institution, consultancy, and technical support service provider in Jordan, and is a regional leader in the fields of science and technology. It seems very fitting that this partnership has been established, and I am really confident that we will soon reap its benefits, not only in Jordan but in the whole region", HRH Princess Sumaya added.
"We are at SESAME pleased to be a part of this MoU along with RSS, and ICTP," said Toukan, adding: "SESAME has had long relations and collaboration with ICTP since the early phases of its establishment. I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to HRH Princess Sumaya, the President of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), and Prof. Atish Dabholker, the Director of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) for participating in this promising partnership that aims to build bridges through scientific collaboration that will enable partners to explore more areas of advanced research that will benefit Jordan and the whole region."
For his part, Dabholkar commended the collaboration between the RSS, SESAME, and ICTP, stating: "ICTP has a long association with Jordan. ICTP had played a pivotal role in both the conception and realization of SESAME at a time when it seemed like a pipe dream. It is now a shining example of international cooperation through science."
"ICTP continues its support together with our partner Elettra in the Trieste Science System. We are proud also that the current Director Prof. Toukan is an ICTP alumnus", he said.
Dabholkar also expressed his thanks to HRH Princess Sumaya and Toukan, adding, "We look forward to strengthening our collaboration and enhancing our mission which is sure to have a lasting impact on the science in the region."
The prospects for this partnership are promising, he noted. RSS, SESAME, and ICTP share a mission to build bridges through scientific collaboration and focused research on critical challenges. This new collaboration will enable the institutions to identify and explore areas of research for the benefit of Jordan, the MENA region, and the whole developing world, he pointed out.
Additionally, the RSS has signed a separate MoU with ICTP, which will be focusing on knowledge sharing and scientific collaboration in the fields of Earth System Physics (ESP), High-Performance Computing (HPC), and climate modelling.

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