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Natural Sciences

Europe & North America


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UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (BRESCE) is located in Venice, Italy. The Venice office is focusing on South-Eastern European Member States.

The International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), a category I institute located in Trieste, is financed by Italy and operates under the aegis of UNESCO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

One of the main objectives of the ICTP is to encourage and strengthen higher studies and research in developing countries. It hosts the academy of sciences for the developing world (TWAS).

Italy is participating in a large number of earth science projects that will enable it to better understand and analyse its complex geological history, and in broader, international projects as well.


Below you can access the projects that are currently being implemented in the country within the framework of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector.



- World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) Danube River Basin case study More

- Alpine and Mediterranean Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (AMHY FRIEND)

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs)

- UNESCO Chair in Environmental Sciences and Management, established in 1995 at Cà Foscari University of Venice More


Earth Sciences

- National Geoparks

- Triassic Time and Trans-Panthalassan Correlations (IGCP, Project 467)

- GIS metallogeny of Central Asia (IGCP, Project 473)

- Sustainable Use of Platinum Group Elements (IGCP, Project 479)

- Seismic Microzoning of Latin American Cities (IGCP, Project 487

- The role of Holocene environmental catastrophes in human history (IGCP, Project 490)

- Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions (IGCP, Project 495)

- The Rheic Ocean: Its origin, evolution, and correlatives (IGCP, Project 497)

- Devonian land-sea interaction: evolution of ecosystems and climate (IGCP, Project 499)

- Ordovician palaeogeography and palaeoclimate (IGCP, Project 503

- Marine and Non-marine Jurassic: Global correlation and major geological events (IGCP, Project 506

- Volcano collapse and fault activity – ‘Young Scientists Project’ (IGCP, Project 508)

- Global correlation of A-type granites and related rocks, their mineralization, and significance in lithospheric evolution (IGCP, Project 510)

- Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences (IGCP, Project 511)

- Karst Aquifers and Water Resources (IGCP, Project 513)

- Coastal vulnerability related to sea level change (IGCP, Project 515)

- Black Sea-Mediterranean Corridor during the last 30,000 years: Sea level change and human adaptation (IGCP, Project 521)

- Risks Resources and the Record of the Past on the Continental Shelf (IGCP, Project 526)

- Reconstruction of the past coastal environments and its management (IGCP, Project 534)

- Gold-bearing hydrothermal fluids of oregenic deposits (IGCP, Project 540)

- Low-temperature thermochronology: applications and inter-laboratory calibration (IGCP, Project 543)

Sciences Policy and Sustainable Development

- Avicenna Virtual Campus (AVICENNA)

- Establishing Science and Technology Parks More

- TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme at Centres of Excellence in the South More

Basic Sciences

- UNESCO Science Partners in Italy More

- UNESCO Interdisciplinary Chair in Biotechnology, established in 1998 at Tor Vergata University, Rome More

- Mediterranean Basin UNITWIN Network for Green Chemistry (MEGREC UNITWIN Network), established in 2006 at The Interuniversity Consortium Chemistry for the Environment (INCA), Venice More

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