A meeting with Mauro Giacca, Director-General of ICGEB (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology).

The role of ICGEB (in Trieste and other sites of New Delhi and Cape Town) as a key player of the challenge.

The ICGEB is an international, nonprofit research organization. Established as a special project of UNIDO, it became fully autonomous in 1994 and now counts over 60 Member States.

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology provides a scientific and educational environment of the highest standard and conducts innovative research in life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. It strengthens the research capability of its Members through training and funding programmes and advisory services and represents a comprehensive approach to promoting biotechnology internationally.


The Centre is dedicated to advanced research and training in molecular biology and biotechnology and holds out the prospect of advancing knowledge and applying the latest techniques in the fields of:

  • Biomedicine
  • Crop improvement
  • Environmental protection/remediation
  • Biopharmaceuticals and biopesticide production

With Components in Trieste, Italy, New Delhi, India and Cape Town, South Africa, the Centre forms an interactive network with Affiliated Centres in ICGEB Member States. ICGEB is part of the United Nations System.

Full interview is available in the first issue of InnoVibe Magazine.

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Studying has never be so nice and fun: being a researcher at ICTP

Shiny Happy Scientists from all over the world

From the words of the Director General of ICTP

“Trieste represents a unique example of ‘City of Science’, not only in the region but also at national and international level and the recognition given by the ESOF confirms that the context is real and strong. It will be an important opportunity to attract a clear visibility and to strengthen reputation at European level.

Numbers are very clear, more than words.

Further than the Regional Science and Innovations System (which accounts about 59 among centres and institutions committed to scientific research and international cooperation), the city hosts the “Trieste System” formed by more than 30 research institutions located on its territory: universities, institutions and laboratories that carry out the most innovative research in diversified scientific fields with solid international collaborations. The city has an average ratio of 3:1 scientists for citizen; it is a matter of fact: a number that is well above the average number of other cities in Italy or even abroad.

Furthermore, we have an average number of 5000 scientists from every single country of the world visiting ICTP every year. This allows a continuous flows of scientists, therefore a continuous knowledge sharing, a continuous exchange of experiences, not only related to the scientific context but more in general, from a cultural point of view. It represents an exceptional opportunity for the overall growth of the international community. To complete the picture, we also have to mention that over 140,000 scientists from 188 countries, most of them developing countries, have benefitted from ICTP since its foundation. Including an average of per year of 800 participants to regional training courses organized by ICTP but held in other countries.

These numbers are a primacy that only science can boast: science is always ahead in society in its capacity to overcome contrasts and to bring together people from different countries.”

Professor Fernando Quevedo, Director General of ICTP