Fostering advanced studies in physics and mathematics

ICTP is an institution that is run by scientists for scientists. The Centre supports research groups in several areas of physical sciences and mathematics, organized as follows.

The bulk of the research at the Centre is carried out by the staff of these scientific sections and their consultants, long-term and short-term visitors engaged in independent or collaborative research, a relatively large cadre of post-doctoral fellows, as well as the Associates. The scientific sections are also responsible for organizing high-level training courses, workshops, conferences and topical meetings throughout the year.



The High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (HECAP) section studies some of the most exciting areas in physics today, from string theory to physics at large energy colliders, from neutrino phenomenology to alternative cosmologies.


The Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics (CMSP) section investigates the physics of disordered, mesoscopic and strongly correlated electron systems, and electronic structure and condensed matter computer simulations, as well as statistical mechanics and applications.


The Mathematics section is mainly oriented towards geometry and analysis. It has played an important role in fostering mathematics research and education in developing countries.


The Earth System Physics (ESP) section studies a wide spectrum of the Earth system, from its fluid components (oceans and the atmosphere) to the planet’s interior.


ICTP’s diverse Applied Physics section encompasses areas of research that respond to the most critical needs of the ICTP scientific community.


New Areas

ICTP's three new research areas could have significant interdisciplinary research potential, especially in their possible impact on developing countries.