Governance

ICTP's strategic advisors

ICTP operates under a tripartite agreement between the Italian Government, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and ratified by an act of the Italian Parliament in January 1995.

Since 1996, UNESCO has been responsible for the administrative management of the Centre, prior to which it was administered by the IAEA. Each party has a representative on the Centre's Steering Committee, which sets general guidelines for the Centre's activities, determines budgeting levels, and considers proposals from the Director for the programme, work plans, financial plans, and budget.

ICTP Steering Committee


  • Assistant Director-General Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO
  • Deputy Director General Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, IAEA
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Padua

ICTP also has a Scientific Council that comprises distinguished specialists in disciplines relevant to the Centre's activities who represent a broad geographical range. The Council advises ICTP on its programmes of activities, taking into consideration major academic, scientific, educational and cultural trends relevant to the Centre's objectives.

ICTP Scientific Council


  • Institute of Physics, The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Director, Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMS) Legon-Accra, Ghana
  • Department of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Laboratoire de Physique Théorique de l'ENS Paris, France
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Department of Physics Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • President, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) Rome, Italy. Chairman, Scientific Council
  • Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, New Jersey
  • Centre for Applicable Mathematics Bangalore, India
  • Computational Science Laboratory Department of Chemistry & Applied Biosciences ETH Zurich Lugano, Switzerland
  • Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Russian Academy of Sciences Institute For Nuclear Research, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, India
  • Department of Mathematics Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature Harvard University Department of Physics, Cambridge, Massachusetts