Dead Sea, Jordan, 13 - 16 May 2017

Sharing Knowledge across the Mediterranean Conference (11)

The 11th SKF conference took place from May 13th to May 16th 2017 at the stunning Mövenpick Dead Sea Hotel in Jordan.

The conference has received the Patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and coincides with the launch of our partner the SESAME center.

Jordan, this year’s host country, is an example of stability and good governance in the Middle East despite being resource-poor and having had to face repeated massive waves of refugees influx. The country is also the seat of SESAME, an advanced light source research center founded by the UNESCO with statutes similar to those of the CERN. This project is a perfect illustration of SKF’s and the CERN “Science for Peace” motto as scientists from throughout this often troubled region will work together using tools from X-rays to infra-red radiation.

Our meeting started with a visit of the facilities of SESAME on the morning of the 13th of May following which the conference was formally opened by His Excellency the Prime Minister at 16:30.

The conference focuses on Jordan and its neighbors and will examine all the factors that are necessary to insure the region’s sustainable development such as Energy, Transports, Agriculture and Food Security, Water, Capacity Building, and Integration of Women to the workforce.

Program

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09h00

Presentation of current experiments at SESAME

German Physical Society, Council of SESAME

10h00

Departure for visit at SESAME site

Visit of the Middle East’s first major international research centre together with users from around the region.The visit will be guided by Scientific Director Giorgio Paolucci and Technical Director Erhard Huttel and users of the SESAME facilities.

Opening Session

16h30

Introducing the Sharing Knowledge Foundation

Sharing Knowledge Foundation

17h00

Address by His Excellency the Prime Minister of Jordan

Represented by HE Khaled Toukan

Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
JAEC and SESAME

17h15

Keynote address

On the successful completion of SESAME and new era for science in the Middle East.

JAEC and SESAME

17h45

Keynote address

Does science bring peace? How does CERN contribute?

18h15

Welcome Cocktail

Science for Peace

09h00

Round table

Moderator: John Ellis

Presentation of A. Abdelghany

Presentation of A. Bassalat

Presentation of P. Fassnacht

Presentation of F. Piuzzi

King’s College London
National Research Center
An-Najah National University
French Society of Physics

Investing in sustainable development and resilient projects in Jordan and MENA

11h00

Round table

Moderator: Henry Marty-Gauquié

Presentation of P. Delleur

Presentation by S. E. Kalb

Presentation by U. Steinhorst

European Investment Bank
Sovereign Investor Institute (SII), KLTI Advisors
Nuria Consultancy

Energy diversification, a key to Jordan development. Session chaired by Khaled Toukan

14h00

14h00

Fossils fuels in the MENA: changing regional dynamics

14h45

New perspectives for nuclear energy in Jordan and abroad

Moderator: Bruno Lescoeur

Observatoire Méditerranée de l'Energie

15h00

Keynote by Khaled Toukan

On the development of nuclear power in Jordan

JAEC and SESAME

15h30

Keynote by Alain Bugat

An immersed Small Modular Reactor : Seanergie project

NucAdvisor

16h00

Keynote by Bruno Lescoeur

Observatoire Méditerranée de l'Energie

17h00

Tapping on infinite resources: Innovative renewable energy projects in Jordan and MENA

Moderator: Bruno Lescoeur

Observatoire Méditerranée de l'Energie
Jordan Renewable Energy Fund (JREEEF)
Kawar Energy

18h00

End of session

20h00

Conference Dinner

Agriculture and Food security

09h00

Food Security in Subsaharan Africa

Session Chairs: Jean-Christophe Debar et Lionel Gbaguidi

Agrivet Partners

09h10

Food security in sub-Saharan Africa

Agrivet Partners

10h10

Desert agriculture, innovation from Nabateans till today

Round table

Moderator: Uriel Safriel

Presentation of P. Berliner

Presentation of T. Oweis

Presentation of M. A. Mudabber

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
International Center for Agricultural Research in the...
National Center for Agricultural Research and Extention...

11h40

Keynote by Martin Gastal

How can high energy physics help the water shortage?

What answers to the water crisis in Jordan and the MENA?

13h45

Challenges of the water sector in Jordan and updates from the Red-Dead project

Moderator: Koussai Quteishat

Presentation of M. Al Zoubi

Presentation of P. Bachelery

Presentation of N. Zoubi

Jordan River Consultancy Services
The Higher Population Council
Samra Plant Operation & Maintenance Co. Ltd
Jordan Valley Authority

15h30

What is the role of technology in meeting improving sanitation and SDG6?

Cranfield University

16h00

The water crisis in Gaza: blueprint for solutions

Moderator: Miriam Balaban

Presentation of Y. Abu Mayla

Presentation of C. De Bruyne

European Desalination Society
Al Azhar University-Gaza
Office of the Quartet
Private consultant

17h30

Sharing knowledge about agriculture in arid land

Presentation of S. Kronich

Presentation of Z. Ezery

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
EcoPeace Middle East

18h30

End of session

20h00

Gala Dinner

09h00

General Discussion and Preparation of recommendations

11h00

End of conference