Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics







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ICTP is a unique institution that explores fundamental scientific questions at the highest level, promotes active engagement with scientists in developing countries, and advances international cooperation through science.

For more than 50 years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has been a driving force behind global efforts to advance 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 has been a major force in stemming the scientific brain drain from the developing world.

ICTP alumni serve as professors at major universities, chairpersons of academic departments, directors of research centres and ministers of science and technology in nations throughout the developing world. Many of them have been recognized in their own countries and internationally for their contributions to science and science policy. The impact of ICTP extends well beyond the Centre's facilities to virtually every corner of the Earth.

Mission & History

An institute run by scientists for scientists

ICTP's mission is to:

  1. Foster the growth of advanced studies and research in physical and mathematical sciences, especially in support of excellence in developing countries.

  2. Develop high-level scientific programmes keeping in mind the needs of developing countries, and provide an international forum of scientific contact for scientists from all countries.

  3. Conduct research at the highest international standards and maintain a conducive environment of scientific inquiry for the entire ICTP community.

Thanks to generous funding from the Italian Government, UNESCO and the IAEA, ICTP has been able to initiate and implement various schemes of support and assistance to scientists from developing countries.

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