ICGEB is an intergovernmental organisation operating for 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) inspire 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 GMOs

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. It has 18 research groups and 200 people from over 35 nations.

Movies of presentations from ICGEB courses are freely distributed through iTunes, YouTube 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.

Other facts and figures: 

Project Funding:

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Region FVG, Interreg Italy-Slovenia, European Commission (Horizon2020) and other international projects active in 2017: € 24,060,287


Personnel (2017):

  • Technical/Administrative: 46 (Trieste); total: 114
  • Researchers: 95 (Trieste); total: 287
  • Academic personnel: 78 (Trieste); total: 240

N° EU Projects (2017): 

  • Horizon2020: 3
  • Other international projects: 6

Research Outputs (only 2017): 

N° of scientific production: >200 papers


N° of scientific meetings & public events (in 2017): 31 scientific events comprising meetings, workshops, and courses on advanced topics in the field of molecular research and public events (Trieste Next)


  • Founded in 1983
  • Full Member States: 64
  • Additional Signatory Countries: 22
  • Total Personnel: 692
  • Scientific Personnel: 575
  • Research Groups: 46
  • Fellowships active in 2017: 102
  • Publications since 1988: >2900
  • Patents: >60
  • Technology Transfer Agreements to industry: >80
  • Fellowships awarded since 1988: 1422
  • Researchers on board  in 2017: 303
  • Meetings and Courses held since 1988: 534
  • Participants in Meetings and Courses each year: an average of 1200
  • CRP-Research Grants awawrded since 1988: 506
  • CRP-Research Grants awarded in 2017: 22
  • No. of countries with ongoing CRP Grants: 54
Facilities: 

Approx. 8000 sqm (within the Area Science Park - Padriciano, Trieste), 3720 sqm at the ICGEB New Delhi Campus and 1200 sqm in Cape Town, within the UCT Campus.

  • N° of Laboratories: 46
  • Research Infrastructures/Laboratories: 3 components: Trieste (Italy), New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South Africa); over 40 Affiliated Centres world-wide
  • Libraries and no. of available publications/journals:
    • Movies Podcast: >500;
    • iTunes and YouTube Downloads >100,000/year;
    • movies of meetings, courses, lessons, seminars and public events are distributed freely on YouTube and on iTunes platforms. Each month, ~500 movies in 50 topics in the Life Sciences are viewed by more than 10,000 users in over 80 countries.
    • Books and Journals: www.icgeb.org/library.html
    • On-line collections on scientific studies and documents on biosafety and GMOs.
  • Canteen / Coffee bar: in Trieste, c/o Area Science Park; in Delhi, on the ICGEB campus; in Cape Town, c/o the University of Cape Town UCT premises, which hosts the labs.
  • Other facilities: resources for cell culture and manipulation (including cell microinjection and flow cytometry), instrumentation for advanced optical microscopy, advanced protein research (FPLC, HPLC, peptide synthesis and sequencing), proteomics (2D gel analysis and MS/MS mass spectrometry, clean room laboratory, a BL3 safety lab for handling class 3 pathogens, an AAV vector-producing facility, a computer facility dedicated to genomics and biotechnology and a high-throughput HTS facility.
Fellowships, PhD Courses, etc.: 

Each year, the ICGEB assigns Fellowships to young scientists to undertake research in its laboratories. These Fellowships are awarded to Predocs - to obtain the title of PhD - to Postdocs or to perform short periods of research (Short-term Fellowships).

Since 2014, the Scientific Mobility for Advanced Research Training (SMART) Fellowships programme has been supporting South-South mobility of PhD students and Postdocs within the ICGEB Member States.

The Fellowships Programme is named in memory of Arturo Falaschi, the mind and driving force of the Centre at its inception.

Information for international 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 on 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, other Italian Universities, with the JNU in Delhi, with the UCT in Cape Town and with the Open University UK.

Contacts: 

Director-General: MD, PhD Mauro Giacca
Tel: +39 040 375 7324, Fax: +39 040 375 7380
E-mail: Director.General@icgeb.org
PEC: directorgeneral@pec.icgeb.org

Personal Assistant to the Director-General: Raffaella Agosti

Office of the Director-General: Marella Prata

External Relations: Marianna Maculan
Tel: +39 040 375 7216, Fax: +39 040 375 7380
Email: maculan@icgeb.org

Communications & Outreach: Suzanne Kerbavcic
Tel: +39 040 375 7315, Fax: +39 040 375 7380
E-mail: kerbav@icgeb.org, governance@icgeb.org, press@icgeb.org 

Legal & Administration: Maria Luisa Fichera
Tel: +39 040 375 7345, Fax: +39 040 375 7363
Email: fichera@icgeb.org

Fundraising, TT & Innovation: Martina Viviani
Tel: +39 040 375 7365, Fax: +39 040 226555
Email: viviani@icgeb.org

ICGEB Research Grants - CRP & Fellowships: Barbara Argenti
Tel: +39 040 375 7382, Fax: +39 040 226555
Email: bargenti@icgeb.orgcrp@icgeb.org, fellowships@icgeb.org

Meetings & Courses: Elisabetta Lippolis Calci
Tel: +39 040 375 7332, Fax: +39 040 226555
Email: lippolis@icgeb.orgmeetingorganizers@icgeb.org

 


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