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Friday, November 10 • 11:30 - 13:00
Light Sources and Crystallographic Sciences for Sustainable Development

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Because of their high costs and multidisciplinary use, large-scale synchrotron light sources facilities provide strong opportunities for integration through networking and cost-sharing, and promote multi-disciplinary collaboration with the wider global community, while promoting science diplomacy and peace at large. Following the SESAME example– the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East –, the thematic session will use as its basis, the UNESCO-IUPAP-IUCr project “Light sources for Africa, the Americas and the Middle East”, to showcase how light sources have revolutionized research in many science and technology disciplines and have contributed to the socio-economic development of countries and regions by:
  • creating international scientific communities, fostering cooperation;
  • improving education and creating job opportunities;
  • discussing the steps-forward following the establishment of light sources in the South (mainly, Africa and Latin America), while learning from the experiences of SESAME;
  • increasing awareness of decision-makers of the major advances that light sources bring to these regions and the identification of the best locations for a sustainable development of such infrastructure;
  • advocating through global initiatives such the International Year of Crystallography and International Year of Light, including follow-up activities;
  • developing a critical mass of highly qualified human capital (including the African science diaspora) needed to reach the SDGs and regional framework agreements like the African Union Agenda 2063.
The overall objective of the session is to portray a scalable model for light sources initiatives in the developing regions. The outcome is designed to empower and inspire researchers, scientists, engineers and technologists, policy makers to take proactive roles in their countries and regions to drive towards a densified science cooperation to improve international relations between countries and to develop the human capacity that enable researchers in the Global South to get the most from light sources, and to be meaningful contributors to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Synchrotron light sources are comparable to super microscopes that probe the inner structure of matter. They produce very intense pulses of light (from infrared radiation to x-rays), with wavelengths and intensities that allow detailed studies of objects ranging in size from human cells to viruses and proteins, down to atoms, with a precision that is not possible by other means. They allow researchers to investigate the structure and properties of a wide range of materials, from proteins to provide information for designing new and better drugs, probing novel materials for biotechnology, analyzing soils for green agriculture, to engineering applications, and the examination of archeological artifacts. Light sources have become prime enablers of scientific and technological progress and innovation, conducive to sustainable development in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

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Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga

Assisstant Programme Specialist, UNESCO
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Simon Connell

Professor of Physics, University of Johannesburg
Simon Connell is professor of physics within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg with interests in particle, nuclear, solid state, quantum and applied physics. He is the founding member of the South African participation in High Energy... Read More →

Abdoulaye Ibrahim

Programme Specialist, UNESCO

Saloua Larabi

Assistant of the Director of the Division "Science Sector", UNESCO
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Maciej Nalecz

Director & Executive Secretary of the International Basic Sciences Programme, UNESCO
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Sekazi Kauze Mtingwa

Principal Partner, TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Sekazi K. Mtingwa is Principal Partner at TriSEED Consultants in the USA, having retired from the faculties of North Carolina A&T and MIT in 2012. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He chaired the writing... Read More →

Giorgio Paolucci

Scientific Director of SESAME, SESAME
Giorgio Paolucci is the Scientific Director of the SESAME Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. He got his Laurea in physics at the University of Rome “Sapienza” in 1981. GP spent two years at the Fritz Haber Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft in Berlin (Germany), with prof. A... Read More →
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Michele Zema

Lecturer in Mineralogy and Crystallography, International Union of Crystallography, University of Pavia

Friday November 10, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 EET
Wadi Rum 1- Ground Floor

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