ICTP Photo Archives/Roberto Barnaba

A conversation with Professor Fernando Quevedo, Director of ICTP (Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy)
Professor Fernando Quevedo is a well-known theoretical particle physicist with wide-ranging research interests in string theory, phenomenology and cosmology. He obtained his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg. Following a number of research appointments at CERN, McGill University, Institut de Physique – Neuchatel, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Quevedo joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1998, where he is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics. He was appointed director of The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in 2009 and leads the ICTP research group on String Phenomenology and Cosmology.

About ICTP: Cutting edge research, education and training.

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.

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


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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Discovering Trieste: a bridge between the present and the past in Europe

Short-list of “to do things” in Trieste

I love Trieste.

I spent in Trieste more than 13 years of my life and I always feel a sense of melancholy, when my mind goes back to the time I lived there.

Trieste is very close to the borders of Slovenia and Austria. This is the reason why the first impression you may have visiting the city and its surroundings, is that you can feel like you are not looking at a typical Italian town. Being part of the Austrian territory from 1382 until 1919, Trieste was the historical Austrian harbor for long time. The influence of Austro-Hungarian cultural heritage is still a strong feature that characterizes the architecture of the city, even in the typical local cuisine and food and, more in general, in the attitude of people: apparently cold and reserved, distant and (at a first sight) almost unfriendly. But, no worries, after a while and a glass of local wine (and in this regard the choice offered by the region is exceptional) everybody will be friendly and glad to introduce you to the beauty of the city and a “spritz”, an aperitif typical of the North East region of Italy. You will also enjoy the possibility to learn some words of the local slang, used in all context of everyday life and absolutely necessary to request a cup of coffee in one of the historical cafeterias of Trieste. There are at least nine ways to taste coffee… and never forget that Trieste is also well known to be the city of coffee (for the presence of one of the most worldwide recognized coffee company, the Illycaffè).

Therefore, let’s start a short journey to see the most attractive places to visit for a quick stop in the city.

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