Other Opportunities for Institutes

Promoting scientific cooperation

ICTP promotes scientific cooperation in disadvantaged regions of the world through numerous, innovative programmes. Among these are the Centre's support for scientific meetings organised in developing countries, and the coordination of a programme for visiting scholars and consultants. 

As with its other science outreach activities, ICTP's support for meetings and visiting scholars is initiated by regional scientists and carried out at external sites within the same region.

Support for scientific meetings

ICTP encourages scientific networking

ICTP encourages the organisation of international and regional scientific meetings in developing countries by offering financial assistance to the organisers of conferences, workshops, and schools. Applications are reviewed by experts in the appropriate area both for scientific merit and relevance to the region. ICTP funds are normally used to cover the travel expenses of foreign participants and/or speakers from other countries in the region where the activity is taking place.

Visiting scholars/consultants

Bridging the knowledge divide

ICTP's Visiting Scholars/Consultants programme promotes collaboration between scientists working in institutions in developing countries and leading scientists throughout the world. The visiting scientist is required to make two research visits over two years, each lasting three or four weeks. Longer stays are encouraged. The Visiting Scholar/Consultant carries out joint research with their counterpart and lectures students in their field of expertise, thus also enhancing the teaching faculty and the interaction with young researchers and students. The programme offers an effective method to counteract the isolation of scientists, allowing them to maintain contacts and collaboration with leading experts from other countries.

Find out more

For more information about ICTP's scientific cooperation in disadvantaged regions of the world, contact the Centre's External Activities Unit at