SESAME-Germany Info Day

Seminar Room (FLASH)

Seminar Room


DESY campus, building 28c, 2nd floor

Promoting the synchrotron radiation facility SESAME in German research communities.

SESAME has been set up in a unique international collaboration among member states in the Middle East / Eastern Mediterranean. Two new state-of-the-art beamlines – one funded by an EC H2020 grant for micro-tomography (BEATS) and the other funded by the Helmholtz Association for soft X-ray science (Helmholtz-SESAME Beamline HESEB) have been added to SESAME to substantially enhance its analytical capabilities. SESAME has a potential to bring strong opportunities to scientific communities in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean region, and to promote international scientific collaboration worldwide.

The SESAME-German Info Day is targeted towards interested researchers and stakeholders from German institutions & communities with the aim to increase the awareness and visibility of SESAME and its specific experimental capabilities. The info day should also help to build up more user collaboration between Germany and the SESAME region to exploit opportunities at the existing and upcoming new beamlines.

This event will be held on Fri, 21 April 2023 at DESY in the FLASH seminar room and is organized by DESY, SESAME, the HESEB and BEATS consortia in partnership with the Komitee Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung KfS. 
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Frank Lehner
    • 9:00 AM 9:30 AM
      • 9:00 AM
        Welcome 20m

        • Helmut Dosch, Chair of the Board of Directors at DESY (tbc)
        • Erik Hansalek, BMBF
        • Birgit Kanngießer, Komitee für Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung KfS
        • Ilja Bohnet, Helmholtz Gemeinschaft

    • 9:30 AM 11:00 AM
      Introduction / Setting the Stage
      • Overview of SESAME
      • Status and plans of SESAME and the two new beamlines BEATS and HESEB
      • 9:30 AM
        SESAME Cooperation (online) 15m
        Speaker: Prof. Rolf Heuer (President of the SESAME Council)
      • 9:45 AM
        Overview of SESAME and its experimental capabilities 30m
        Speaker: Dr Andrea Lausi (Science Director at SESAME)
      • 10:15 AM
        The new beamlines: BEATS for microtomography 15m
        Speakers: Dr Gianluca Iori (SESAME) , Dr Axel Kaprolat (ESRF)
      • 10:30 AM
        The new beamlines: HESEB for soft x-ray science (incl TXPES) 15m
        Speakers: Dr Mustafa Genisel (SESAME) , Prof. Wolfgang Eberhardt (DESY)
      • 10:45 AM
        Questions & Answers 15m
    • 11:00 AM 11:20 AM
      Coffee Break 20m
    • 11:20 AM 12:45 PM
      Research opportunities at SESAME I

      Selected research projects as well as plans for cooperation in materials sciences, surface/interface science, environmental sience, ...

      • 11:20 AM
        tba 15m
        Speaker: Prof. Norbert Esser (ISAS - Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften e.V.)
      • 11:35 AM
        Investigation of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in soils and groundwater through fluorine K-edge XANES spectroscopy – potential for collaboration (online) 15m
        Speaker: Dr Christian Vogel (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM))
      • 11:50 AM
        Understanding Written Artefacts 15m
        Speaker: Prof. Konrad Hirschler (Universität Hamburg)
      • 12:05 PM
        Contributions from the Palestinian-German Science Bridge PGSB 30m
        • Overview PGSB 10m
          Speaker: Dr Caitlin Morgan (FZ Jülich)
        • Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering for the Study of Nanostructured Systems 10m
          Speaker: Dr Asmaa Qdemat (FZJ)
        • earth / soil science 10m
    • 12:45 PM 1:45 PM
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 2:00 PM 3:20 PM
      Research Opportunities at SESAME II

      Selected research projects as well as plans for cooperation in cultural heritage science, ...

      • 2:00 PM
        Biomineralization (tbc) 15m
        Speaker: Prof. Paul Zaslansky (Charite Berlin)
      • 2:15 PM
        Nabataean painting materials: microspectroscopic studies 15m
        Speaker: Maram Na'es (TU Berlin)
      • 2:30 PM
        The Elephantine papyri 15m
        Speaker: Prof. Heinz-Eberhardt Mahnke (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection & FU Berlin/HZB)
      • 2:45 PM
        Further Topics 15m
    • 3:15 PM 3:35 PM
      Coffee Break 20m
    • 3:35 PM 4:35 PM

      Discussions on how to improve cooperation between Germany, German institutions and the SESAME region

    • 4:35 PM 4:55 PM
      Wrap-up & Closing 20m