The ICGEB is an intergovernmental organisation that has been operating for over 30 years within the United Nations Common System. Established as a Centre of excellence for research and training, it is a gateway for scientists from over 60 countries to collaborate with leading experts worldwide in the Life Sciences.

There are 46 research programmes underway in the three locations in Trieste, New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South Africa), with 575 researchers. The Headquarters is located in Trieste, Italy.

A Board of Governors comprised of representatives from each Member State guides the activities of the Centre. The Scientific Council (fifteen eminent scientists of international repute, including Nobel laureates) monitor the scientific activity. The main pillars of activity of the ICGEB are:

  • Undertaking advanced research projects in its own laboratories
  • Awarding PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships to researchers who participate in the research
  • Organising approximately 30 Meetings each year on key topics in genetic research
  • Promoting research by funding scientific projects of excellence
  • Transfer of Technology to biotech companies
  • Cooperating with governments to define policies for the regulation of biotechnology and its products

ICGEB Trieste represents a scientific reality of the highest international standing, equipped to apply the most advanced experimental methodologies in the fields of molecular and cellular biology. In Trieste about 200 people from over 35 nations work in 18 research groups.

Podcasts of presentations from ICGEB seminars and Courses are freely distributed through the iTunes&YouTube channels and on the Web site, on topics ranging from cancer to stem cell research, from basic molecular biology to cardiovascular diseases, attracting over 11,000 users in more than 80 countries each month.

94 researchers, 19 PhD, 75 technical/ administrative staff (Trieste only)
Other facts and figures: 

Project Funding (2017-2020): €1,669,813

N° EU Projects (2017-2020): 

  • 3 INTERREG Italia-Slovenia 2014-2020
  • 2 POR FESR 2014-2020
  • 1 INTERREG Italia-Austria 2014-2020

Research Outputs (2020): 

N° of scientific production: 225 publications in international, scientific peer-reviewed journals

N° of scientific meetings & public events (in 2020): ICGEB Principal Investigators presented at over 50 international scientific Meetings e Courses online during 2020; 2 scientific events were held live; 4 public conferences of the "Science & the City Young", national and international science fairs and events including ESOF, ERN2020, Trieste Next, BioAfrica, India International Science Festival, Global Bio India.


Approx. 8000 sqm (within the Area Science Park - Padriciano Campus)

Fellowships, PhD Courses, Master, Summer School, etc.: 

7 types of Fellowships: 

  • PhD courses
  • Post doc courses
  • SMART Fellowships 
  • PhD course ICGEB-DIC-MOST  to carry out in China
  • PhD course  ICGEB-JNU for indian nationals


Science Diplomacy Programme: 

The ICGEB representatives from each Member State (65 in total) are involved in the Science Diplomacy programmes of the respective countries.
See here the members:

Branch Offices (Regional, National, International): 

New Delhi, India, Cape Town, South Africa, 40 Affiliated Centres in as many Countries and one Regional Research Centre in Taizhou, China.

Information for international researchers and students: 

The Centre organises more than 30 scientific events on topics in the Life Sciences each year.

Meetings in the Components are co-organised by ICGEB scientists, Workshops are co-sponsored by local organising institutes and also provide theoretical and/or practical training. “Future of Science” events focus on communications in current scientific topics. In addition, international scientific events can receive sponsorship. The ICGEB has co-organised over 190 scientific events with more than 9500 researchers. In 2017, over 1300 international scientists participated in events (~465 of whom obtained financial support through an ICGEB grant).

Podcasts of Meetings, Courses, Seminars and Lessons are freely available on the Web site, on iTunes and YouTube channels.

International Partnerships: 

Specifically dedicated to international transfer of technologies to biotech companies, the ICGEB has concluded more than 80 agreements with industrial partners in Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iran, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UAE, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela, to produce pharmaceuticals obtained through genetic engineering (such as insulin, erythropoietin, interferon and different growth factors), diagnostic kits and biopesticides.

Other collaborations work towards the degradation of lignocellulose for biogas production, the development of sustainable technologies for renewable energy, the production of a novel AAV vector-based gene therapy approach for hereditary disorders, and the clinical development of a botanical drug for the treatment of dengue fever.

ICGEB collaborates with the University of Trieste, the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Regional, National and International Institutes and other Italian Universities, with the University of Nova Gorica, the JNU in Delhi, with the UCT in Cape Town and with the Open University UK.

Contacts and Social Media/Network: 

Area Science Park
Padriciano 99
34139 Trieste, Italia

Director-General: Lawrence Banks PhD
Tel: +39 040 375 7324, Fax: +39 040 375 7380

External Relations: Marianna Maculan
Tel: +39 040 375 7216, Fax: +39 040 375 7380


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