About ICTP

Cutting edge research, education and training

For more than 50 years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has been a driving force behind global efforts to advance scientific expertise in the developing world.

In 2014, ICTP celebrated its 50th anniversary. More information about events to mark the milestone are available on the ICTP 50th Anniversary Webpages.

Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. ICTP has been a major force in stemming the scientific brain drain from the developing world.

ICTP alumni serve as professors at major universities, chairpersons of academic departments, directors of research centres and ministers of science and technology in nations throughout the developing world. Many of them have been recognized in their own countries and internationally for their contributions to science and science policy. The impact of ICTP extends well beyond the Centre's facilities to virtually every corner of the Earth.


Words from the Director, his biography and information about his office

Mission & History

ICTP's goals and history of nearly 50 years as a Centre of scientific excellence


Find out how the Centre is governed

Prizes & Awards

Recognizing excellence in physics and mathematics

Media Centre

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