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 Dr. Khaled Toukan 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.
Read the recommendations of the conference: Recommendations SKF 11
ProgramDownload the program
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.
End of session
Science for Peace
Moderator: John Ellis
Investing in sustainable development and resilient projects in Jordan and MENA
Moderator: Henry Marty-Gauquié
Energy diversification, a key to Jordan development. Session chaired by Khaled Toukan
New perspectives for nuclear energy in Jordan and abroad
Moderator: Bruno Lescoeur
End of session
Agriculture and Food security
Desert agriculture, innovation from Nabateans till today
Moderator: Uriel Safriel
What answers to the water crisis in Jordan and the MENA?
Challenges of the water sector in Jordan and updates from the Red-Dead project
Moderator: Koussai Quteishat
The water crisis in Gaza: blueprint for solutions
Moderator: Miriam Balaban