International Centre for Theoretical Physics

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Type Research Institute
Established 1964
Founder Abdus Salam
Director Fernando Quevedo
Location Trieste, Italy

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) is an international research institute for physical and mathematical sciences that operates under a tripartite agreement between the Italian Government, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It is located near the Miramare Park, about 10 kilometres from the city of Trieste, Italy. The centre was founded in 1964 by Pakistani Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam.

ICTP is part of the Trieste System, a network of national and international scientific institutes in Trieste, promoted by the Italian physicist Paolo Budinich.[1]



Research at ICTP is carried out by seven scientific sections:[4]

The scientific community at ICTP includes staff research scientists, postdoctoral fellows and long- and short-term visitors engaged in independent or collaborative research. Throughout the year, the sections organize conferences, workshops, seminars and colloquiums in their respective fields. ICTP also has visitor programmes specifically for scientific visitors from developing countries, including programmes under federation and associateship schemes.[5]

Postgraduate programmes

ICTP offers educational training through its pre-PhD programmes and degree programmes (conducted in collaboration with other institutes).

Pre-PhD programmes

In collaboration with other institutes, ICTP offers masters and doctoral degrees in physics and mathematics.[8]

In addition, ICTP collaborates with local laboratories, including Elettra Synchrotron Light Laboratory,[9] to provide fellowships and laboratory opportunities.

Prizes and awards

ICTP has instituted awards to honour and encourage high-level research in the fields of physics and mathematics.

Regional branches

On February 6, 2012, ICTP opened a regional branch (ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research) in São Paulo, Brazil. Its activities are modelled on those of the ICTP and include schools and workshops, as well as a visiting scientists programme.[11]


In 2007 ICTP created the peer-reviewed open-access Journal "African Review of Physics" under the then name "African Physical Review".

See also


  1. "Trieste System" (in Italian). Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  2. "ICTP - Mission and History". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  3. Quevedo, Fernando (July 2013). "The Importance of International Research Institutions for Science Diplomacy". Science & Diplomacy. 2 (3).
  4. "ICTP - Research at ICTP". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  5. "ICTP - Career Development". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  6. "The Postgraduate Diploma Programme of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics — ICTP Diploma". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  7. "ICTP - Pre-PhD Programmes". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  8. "ICTP - Degree Programmes". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  9. "Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  10. "ICTP - ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  11. "Ictp – Saifr". Retrieved 2013-11-01.

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