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Israeli professor named vice-president of particle accelerator project in Jordan

February 10, 2014 at 11:42 am

Eliezer Rabinovici, an Israeli professor of physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the chairperson of the High Energy Physics Group, has been appointed Vice-President of Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), a project that he co-founded. The SESAME project aims to build a particle accelerator in Jordan based on the huge facility near Geneva operated by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), which is provide providing five million euros in funding for the project in Jordan.

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that Iran has agreed to the Israeli’s appointmentt. The project will be established near Al-Balqa University west of Amman, and will conduct advanced research in different fields such as biology, environmental science, archaeology and chemistry.

SESAME’s member states include Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Bahrain and Israel, as well “observer” states from Europe, Britain, the US and Japan.

Rabinovici told Haaretz newspaper that “this program has scientific value and is also a platform that allows many states in the region to collaborate towards scientific goals. We will work together towards goals that advance the interests of the entire region… thanks to the trust built between us over many years and without the pressures that dominate the political arena.”