Scientists at Harwell are bringing together specialists from the Middle East for a unique project.
Diamond Light Source, based at Harwell, welcomed the first four fellows on the newly-created Diamond SESAME Rutherford Fellowship training programme last week.
A £1.5million grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will expand Diamond’s training and development support of SESAME.
Diamond is the UK’s synchrotron science facility, where electrons are sped up to near light speed, producing a light 10billion times brighter than the sun.
Up to 25 delegates will benefit from training in areas of science and engineering associated with the construction and operation of SESAME, a synchrotron facility in Jordan.
The project will unite members from both Israel and Palestine with colleagues from Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and Turkey.
Diamond CEO Andrew Harrison said: “SESAME represents a unique project for the Middle East region because of the excellent opportunity to stimulate and support scientific and technical activity, training and engagement in the region.
“Because SESAME focuses on areas of local importance – such as water supply, energy, health and the environment – we are keen to nurture new talent and share our skills.”
Each fellowship will last about 15 months.