ICTP Collaboration with Africa

ICTP Hosts High-Level Science Delegation from the African Union
ICTP Collaboration with Africa
African Union Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Mohammed Belhocine and ICTP Director Atish Dabholkar (centre) pose with other members of the African Union delegation and ICTP scientists and staff.

ICTP is hosting a delegation from the African Union's Programme for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI) from 2 to 5 May.  During the visit, the delegates -- including ESTI Commissioner Mohammed Belhocine -- will review the long ties between ICTP and the African Union (AU) as well as opportunities for future cooperation. The AU's ESTI Programme plays a key role in promoting research and science education policy on the continent.

The visit reflects the importance of ICTP's overall science research and education mission as well as its activities in Africa. Since 1970, ICTP has supported the visits of more than 21,000 African scientists from 54 African countries to its campus in Trieste. Last year, ICTP signed an agreement with the South African National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences to enhance research in the theoretical and computational sciences in that country. In 2018, ICTP opened  a partner institute, the East African Institute for Fundamental Research, in Kigali, Rwanda, to offer training and research in physics and mathematics.