For more than 50 years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has promoted scientific expertise in the developing world.

Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. 

ICTP's mission is to:

  • Foster the growth of advanced studies and research in physical and mathematical sciences, especially in support of excellence in developing countries.
  • Develop high-level scientific programs keeping in mind the needs of developing countries, and provide an international forum of scientific contact for scientists from all countries.
  • Conduct research at the highest international standards and maintain a conducive environment of scientific inquiry for the entire ICTP community.

ICTP supports research groups in the following areas:

  • High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
  • Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics (including renewable energy)
  • Mathematics
  • Earth System Physics
  • Applied Physics
  • Quantitative Life Sciences

Other ICTP programs include its intense, year-long Postgraduate Diploma Program that prepares young scientists from developing countries for graduate level studies; and the Associates Program, which supports active scientists from developing countries to maintain long-term, formal contact with the Centre.

ICTP is funded largely through a generous grant from the Italian government, along with base financial support from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is a UNESCO Category 1 institute.

Other facts and figures: 

Budget for R&S Activities (2017): € 26,716,843.68

Personnel (2017):

  • Technical/Admin: 81
  • Researchers: 4112

N° EU Projects (2014-2017): 

  • FP7: 6

Research Outputs (2017): 

N° of scientific production: 334 papers

N° of scientific meetings&public events (2017): 60 scientific meetings; 2 public events: TSMMF; TSNext.

Each year, ICTP organizes more than 50 international conferences and workshops. Over the past five decades, scientists from 188 countries have made more than 150,000 visits to ICTP to discuss the latest findings in their fields.

On average, more than 5.000 scientists from about 140 countries pass through ICTP for research and education opportunities every year.

Research at ICTP has contributed, directly or indirectly, to four Nobel Prizes.

Scientific outreach in developing countries includes:

  • 14 Schools and Workshops,
  • 4 Partner Institutes in: Brazil, Mexico, Rwanda, China.
  • 13 ICTP-OEA Affiliated Centres.
  • 9 ICTP-OEA Network Hubs.
  • 54 ICTP-OEA Scientific Meetings

Leonardo Building 8365 m2; Enrico Fermi Building 3790 m2; Multidisciplinary Lab 712 m2; Adriatico Guest House 2900 m2, Galileo Guest House 1000 m2.

  • N° of Laboratories: 3
  • Lecture Rooms/Informatics Labs: 13
  • Libraries and n° of available publications/journals: ICTP-Marie Curie Library contains some 72,000 books, as well as 108 subscriptions to print journals and electronic access to 3,926 journals.
  • Canteen / Coffe bar: 2 / 3
Fellowships, PhD Courses, Master, Summer School, etc.: 

ICTP collaborates with universities in Trieste and elsewhere in Italy to offer 7 masters and PhD programmes in areas ranging from theoretical physics to high performance computing.

The Centre also supports postdoctoral fellowships in each of its research areas.

Information for international students: 

ICTP provides administrative support for students accepted to its programs, including assistance with visas and accommodation.

International Partnerships: 

ICTP maintains extensive, international, scientific collaborations. It has opened regional partner institutes in Brazil, China, Mexico, Rwanda to bring its unique blend of high-quality physics and mathematics research, education and scientific meetings closer to scientists in developing countries.

In addition, its Office of External Activities promotes sustainable science throughout the developing world by supporting affiliated centres, graduate courses, research networks, scientific meetings and scholar exchanges.

Contacts and Social Media/Network: 

Director: Fernando Quevedo

ICTP Public Information Office

Strada Costiera 11

I-34151 Trieste, Italy

Phone contacts: 040 2240 111

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