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Working With OWSD

OWSD has worked with many different individuals and organizations over the years. For our fellowships programme we have depended on very generous funding from Sida, who have provided full scholarships since 1997. We depend also on the structural, financial and administrative support of both TWAS and ICTP, and on the legal support and structure of UNESCO. The Italian government, as major donors to TWAS and ICTP,  provide the office infrastructure so that OWSD headquarters can operate. We have benefitted from the expertise and networks of organizations working in the same building such as IAP and IAMP and have established important projects with them. We also work closely with the network of scientific institutions in Trieste (Italy) and the surrounding region where our headquarters are based. The Elsevier Foundation has generously sponsored our awards programme since 2010 and we work closely with TWAS and The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to deliver a prestigious award to each of five brilliant women scientists each year.

In-kind contributions have also always been crucial to our success and we have established agreements with a series of host institutes in developing countries who provide facilities and supervision for our PhD fellows to ensure that their studies are effective.

We are always open to establishing new partnerships with like-minded organizations and look forward to hearing from you.                                        Please contact

The Mawazo Institute

Collaborating since: 2019

The Mawazo Institute is a non-profit research institute based in Nairobi, Kenya.  Founded in 2017 by two young female scientists, it supports the next generation of female thought leaders and scholars in Africa, and gets policymakers and the public engaged with their research.  

The Mawazo Institute runs a PhD Scholars programme that provides research funding and other support to African women based in East Africa who are pursuing doctoral studies and postdoctoral research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as the social sciences. The Research Fellows programme offers research grants to African women who are early career researchers in Kenya. The Public Engagement and Policy programme connects the research produced by the Institute's fellows and other local experts to policymakers and the general public. The Training and Resources programme connects African researchers and practitioners to training materials, resources and opportunities that promote their academic and professional development.

IAU - Istanbul Aydin University

Republic of Türkiye
Collaborating since: 2020

The Istanbul Aydin University (IAU) is a non-profit and state-recognized university. Since its establishment in 2003, IAU has grown rapidly as the top choice of many students. It now has 40,000 students, of which nearly 4,500 are international. IAU offers associates, bachelors and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. In order to meet the demands of the labor market in the global economy, IAU emphasizes competency in its teaching, has internships integrated in curricula and offers on the job training opportunities to its students through its many industry partnerships.

IAU is committed to internationalization of its student body and academic programs. IAU Directorate of International Relations is responsible for managing and developing international activities.

PhD programmes eligible for the OWSD fellowships are Mechanical engineering as well as Electrical and electronic engineering.

IAU is also member to many international associations including EURAS (Eurasian Universities Union) and UNIMED (Mediterranean Universities Union).

IAU offers a Girls Dormitory on campus to provide a peaceful, safe and comfortable environment for its women students.

For more information, please contact Mr. Syed Sohaib HASSAN at

Centre for African Women Advancement (CAWA)

Collaborating since: 2016

The Centre for African Women Advancement (CAWA) has been supporting African Women since 2011.

CAWA believes that the key to women being equally represented is mentoring by and for women: it takes another woman to fully appreciate, define and assist in challenges such as balancing the family, sexual harassment, emotional stresses and cultural barriers in different academic fields and how to overcome these. Every woman is the protagonist of this gender revolution. CAWA has the tools to play a positive role in the development of the African Continent and the world at large.


Why OWSD members may be interested?

CAWA is currently collecting data from across Africa and assessing existing mentoring programs, in order to empower women to mentor other women, share experiences with other international relevant centers (in America, Asia and Europe) in order to increase women’s participation in decision making. Society at large will benefit from women's achievements.

International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific)


IWRAW Asia Pacific is an international women’s human rights organization which, since its foundation in 1993, has been supporting the actual implementation and realization of women’s rights in Asia and the Pacific through the lens of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international human rights treaties.

The organization supports a process through which the CEDAW Convention is used as an instrument for applying international human rights standards at the national level and in a wide range of contexts, such as political participation, armed conflict, rights in marriage, violence against women and employment.

Moreover, the initiatives implemented up to now have contributed to the development of knowledge and skills, and created a better understanding of the various dimensions of equality, non-discrimination, State obligation, human rights principles (e.g. universality and indivisibility), and a rights-based approach to development.

Why OWSD members might be interested?

As OWSD, the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific strives to advance gender equality and human rights, laying thus the foundation for women’s empowerment and effective participation of women in all levels of society.

The organization works mainly in South and Southeast Asia, but it is now expanding into other areas of the Asia Pacific region (e.g. Central Asia, the Pacific).

Femmes 3000


Association founded in 1989, which became a federation in 1999, Femmes 3000 (Women 3000) aims to give visibility to women and their projects, particularly in the Mediterranean area.

The Federation Femmes 3000 supports women's activities in order to:

  • Increase women's participation in public, economic and social life
  • Develop projects that make them visible
  • Recognize their skills
  • Encourage risk taking
  • Work on equal opportunities in all areas


Why OWSD members might be interested?

Femmes 3000 is particularly sensitive to environmental issues and women empowerment. Indeed, the organization strives for a sustainable development worldwide, by connecting the two dimensions: environment and women.

In order to achieve such goal, Femmes 3000 suggests working on the three levels: economy, ecology and social level.

  • Economic policy action: promoting ethics
  • Environmental policy action: increasing the involvement of women in the environment
  • Social policy action: strengthening the position and role of women in all business sectors

Women in Development Europe (WIDE+)


WIDE+ is a European feminist network of women´s organizations, development NGOs, gender specialists and women´s rights activists founded in 2012 to replace the gap left by WIDE, after its closure in 2011.

WIDE+ strives to contribute to movement-building for gender equality and women’s rights at European and international levels, as well as to work towards the construction of alternatives that increase gender, social, economic and environmental justice both nationally and internationally.

More concretely, in the medium term, WIDE+ objectives are:

  • To build a democratic and participatory network over the next 3 years.
  • To contribute to strengthening member’s capacities and engagement in alliances.
  • To increase the Network’s visibility as a strong feminist actor in international fora.
  • To produce critical analysis and alternative proposals in selected policy areas.
  • To influence key actors in order to promote women’s rights so as to work towards more just, particularly gender-just, European Union external policies.

WIDE+ enables members and partners to articulate alternatives to the negative impacts of globalization and make feminist alternatives visible.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

Through its several activities WIDE+ brings women from Europe and the South together in order to support social transformation and to achieve thus fair and rights-based societies where women are fully represented and involved in all levels of public, economic and social life.

The driving principle in the work of WIDE+ is the pursuit of gender justice, in the understanding that this can only be brought about if intersecting unequal power relations are addressed, including economic, environmental, social, sexual, racial, generational and ethnic discrimination.

Interested organizations and individuals can join the WIDE+ network by writing to or contacting a WIDE+ member in their region.

Karat Coalition


KARAT Coalition was established as a response to the invisibility of women from Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) and their concerns and needs in the international area.

In its 15 years of activity, KARAT Coalition has been using different international government commitments (e.g. Platform for Action, ILO Conventions, EU gender equality directives and policies) as tools to improve the situation of women in this part of the globe.

KARAT Coalition unites over 63 organizations from 25 countries focused on women’s human rights, and gender justice in the Region of Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

To achieve its goals, the coalition also works on national levels, advocating for policy change and undertaking vital awareness raising in public forums.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

KARAT Coalition consists in three programs, all focused on women empowerment:

  • Women’s Human Rights Programme strives to ensure that international states commitments to women’s rights are observed;
  • Gender and Development Programme encourages new EU donor countries to make development policies and programs gender-sensitive and gender-responsive;
  • Social and Economic Justice Programme aims to improve the socio-economic situation of women in the Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In addition, some Asian members of the KARAT Coalition are LDCs: a partnership with OWSD might be interesting for the future of women who come from these specific countries.

Réseau Femmes et Développement Durable (FDD)


The Network for Women and Sustainable Development (FDD) is a network that gives women the opportunity to share professional knowledge, experiences and discoveries. Its main aim is promoting a female perspective on all issues related to environment, health and, more broadly, sustainable development, and supporting women’s activities in these fields.

In order to create a free space for dialogue and opinions, the association organizes debates and conferences open to the public with private and public stakeholders, as well as site visits and networking sessions among FDD members.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

The FDD Network focuses on women and sustainable development, which are two dimensions strictly connected with each other, since women’s ideas and actions may contribute to enhance the results of projects and initiatives focused on the integrity of the environment. Moreover, the network supports women’s participation in the field of sustainable development, where the percentage of female actors is still low.

Mujeres en Desarrollo Dominicana Inc. (MUDE)

Dominican Republic

Women in Development Dominican Inc. (MUDE) was created in 1977 by Jean Hurwitch, who organized a group of caring people supporting the development of women.

Since its foundation, MUDE has been improving the living conditions of poor women and promoting their participation in the socioeconomic development of the country through a large number of initiatives and projects, such as empowering local women associations and enhancing their administrative and management skills.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

MUDE activities support the development of women and fight against gender discrimination within every aspect of society. For instance, when working on water and sanitation projects, the organization considers both male and female knowledge on water sources and environmental conditions, promoting thus the inclusion of a gender perspective in the Government's water and sanitation policies and initiatives.



Cyberelles is a networking association funded in France in 1998 to improve the visibility and participation of women in the field of Information Technology.

Cyberelles connects all female leaders and entrepreneurs passionate about business and IT issues, providing them with a digital platform where they can exchange information, experiences, ideas, news and suggestions.

Why OWSD members might be interested?

Cyberelles and OWSD share the same mission: promoting the full participation of women in scientific fields where they are still underrepresented. With a focus on business and computer sciences, since its foundation Cyberelles has been helping women with a passion for entrepreneurship and IT express their full potential in these fields and achieve success.


Unidad de Mujeres y Ciencia (UMYC)


The Women and Science Unit (UMYC) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, through the Minister's Office of Spain, is responsible for putting the principle of gender mainstreaming into practice in the fields of science, technology and innovation. To achieve such goal, the institute works in conjunction with like-minded organizations, public research bodies, the EU Commission Scientific Culture and Gender Unit, as well as with science and technology associations in universities.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

Similarly to OWSD, the Women and Science Unit is striving to promote the participation of women in all the spheres of science, technology and innovation and to include gender as a transverse category in scientific and innovation research fields.

Furthermore, the Women and Science Unit could contribute to establishing contacts with Spanish speaking countries in Latin America.

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specialized in engineering science and technology studies.

All activities and research projects conducted at the TU/e contribute to:

  • solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy,  Health and Smart Mobility
  • developing technological innovation in cooperation with industry
  • promoting the progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education


Why OWSD members might be interested?

At the TU/e, there is a special focus on women in science.

Indeed, female talent in higher academic positions is stimulated and promoted through several initiatives, for example by offering yearly to three to five women scientists the opportunity to develop themselves as associate professors at the TU/e.

Furthermore, TU/e is responsible for the WISE network (Women in Science), where female scientists share knowledge and experiences, supporting thus each other in their personal and scientific development.

Professional Women's Network (PWN Global)


PWN Global is a dynamic fast-growing offline and online networking and leadership development platform for professional women of all sectors and industries. With over 3,500 members and more than 90 nationalities, PWN Global volunteer-led organization delivers over 600 events a year in its community of 24 city networks.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

PWN Global aims to advance women in leadership in an economically sustainable and happier society, since gender balanced decision-making creates strength of character, resilience and growth. The network aspires to accelerate the pace of change and to inspire its community to embrace new skills and put reforms into action.

Womankind Worldwide

United Kingdom

Womankind Worldwide is an international women’s rights charity working in partnership with women’s organizations to support women in Africa, Asia and Latin America to claim their rights and transform their lives and communities. To reach such goal several activities are implemented, such as providing training and information on securing women’s rights and connecting women to the people who have the power to implement change.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

Empowering and supporting women’s participation in civil and political fields gives women the chance to contribute to the development of their own countries and to bring about long-lasting changes.

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

United States

Founded in 1971 in the U.S.A., the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

AWIS works towards positive system transformations in order to remove the barriers that still impede women’s full participation in the STEM enterprises. To achieve such goal, AWIS implements a large number of different activities, such as highlighting ways to restructure STEM environments to foster diversity and inclusion or promulgating results of important national studies on gender inequity in learning environments and workplaces.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics can express their full potential and achieve success.

Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF)


WECF was officially registered as a foundation in 1994 and today, through its three coordinating offices located in Utrecht (the Netherlands), Munich (Germany), and Annemasse (France), it implements projects in nearly 50 countries in order to achieve a healthy environment and promote women’s participation in policy making on sustainable development, environment and health.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

WECF historically focused its project implementation on the European region as well as Caucasus and Central Asia, bringing lessons learned to international policy processes. Since 2010, WECF has added an international division, the Women International for a Common Future division (WICF), implementing projects with partners globally, and opening membership to organizations located in all five continents, in order to focus on all the women in the world, including those living in developing and least developed countries.

Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

United States

WEDO is an international non-governmental organization based in New York, which focuses on three programmatic areas: Human Rights, Gender Equality and Sustainable Development.

Through a large number of initiatives and campaigns, WEDO is striving to include women’s rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices in order to improve the lives of men and women around the world.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

As a global women’s advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a fair world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment. To achieve such goal, WEDO allies with governments, national and regional stakeholders and organizations worldwide that are focused on women empowerment, sustainable development and protection of human rights.

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)


TWAS is an international scientific academy located in Trieste, on the campus of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). Since its foundation in 1983, TWAS has been promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the South, by offering several research opportunities, ranging from Ph.D. fellowships to postdoctoral scholarships and research grants, as well as by managing South-South and South-North partnerships in science and technology.

Through such initiatives, TWAS pursues its main goal: helping build political and scientific leadership for science-based sustainable development in the developing world.


Sida - The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Collaborating since: 1997

Sida - The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency - has been supporting OWSD financially since 1997. With Sida's generous and continuous support, OWSD has fully funded more than 550 PhD fellowships for women from science and technology-lagging countries to study at institutions in another country in the Global South. Of these over 330 have graduated and 160 are currently active.

In 2012, Sida expressed huge confidence in OWSD's ability to make a direct impact on women's economic development in the South by doubling the number of awards for scholarships given annually - now up to 50 per year. These scholarships cover all costs related to undertaking research in a host country (that are not covered by the host institute), including travel, visa and health costs, tuition and bench fees as well as a monthly stipend for the awardees' board, accommodation and living expenses. In addition, Sida has identified specific activities that will ensure these women have a real chance at competing successfully in the international scientific arena -  engaging in research of the highest quality which in turn will feed into the local economy. These include an annual regional workshop in science communication skills and additional funding for each PhD fellow to travel to international workshops and conferences of relevance. 

TWAS The World Academy of Sciences

Collaborating since: 1988

TWAS - The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries - is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world.
TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate.
TWAS has some 1,100 elected Fellows from 90 countries; 15 of them are Nobel laureates. About 85% come from developing nations, and the rest are scientists and engineers from the developed world whose work has had a significant impact in the South. TWAS and its partners offer nearly 500 fellowships per year to scientists in the developing world who want to pursue PhDs and post-doctoral research. TWAS prizes and awards are among the most prestigious given for scientific work in the developing world.


OWSD is based at the TWAS offices in Trieste, Italy and the TWAS executive director underwrites all OWSD programmes.

The idea to set up what was then a 'third world' organization for women in science was first discussed at a conference convened by TWAS and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Trieste from 3 to 7 October 1988. 218 leading women scientists from 63 developing countries attended the "Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of Science and Technology in the Third World"  and as a direct outcome of the meeting,  a study group met in March 1989  to look at the possibility of creating an organization specifically for women scientists from the developing world. It was decided to establish the then named Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) and to adopt a constitution for the organization.

OWSD continues to work very closely with TWAS. The OWSD executive board often meets at TWAS headquarters and new programmes and initiatives are often developed with input fom TWAS staff. The OWSD Programme Coordinator attends all TWAS annual meetings and there is an annual TWAS-OWSD Advisory Panel which meets so that each organization can recommend to the other ways in which they can improve their operations in order to increase the number and quality of women in science.


International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Collaborating since: 2016

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

ILRI through its graduate fellowship program provides opportunities to young scientists and graduate fellows globally to undertake quality research-for-development (R4D) within ILRI projects.  The fellows are able to access ILRI’s cutting edge research facilities, receive mentorship from ILRI scientists while at the same time make a valuable contribution within the following broad ILRI PROGRAM areas:

  • Animal and human health
  • Feed and forage resource development
  • Livestock genetics
  • Impact at scale
  • Policy, Institutions and livelihoods
  • Sustainable livestock systems

For more information please contact Leah Symekher– Capacity Development Officer (ILRI) +254 20 4223417 or mail


Collaborating since: 2015

AuthorAID is a free international research network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in developing countries. The AuthorAID community, which includes over 10,000 researchers from around the world, helps researchers in developing countries to publish and otherwise communicate their work. It also serves as a wider global forum to discuss and disseminate research.

AuthorAID is based at INASP and supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

AuthorAID at INASP supports researchers in publishing and otherwise communicating their work by providing the following:

  • online and face-to-face training in research writing skills
  • networking and collaboration opportunities through the AuthorAID website:, blog and discussion list
  • formal and informal mentoring support through the online mentoring system and an active and friendly discussion list
  • a resource library with a wide range of resources, in eight languages and with links to many more
  • small grants for travelling to conferences and running writing workshops
  • train-the-trainers programmes aimed at embedding training on research and proposal writing in our partner countries

International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)


The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) is a worldwide renowned centre of scientific excellence founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam in order to contribute to the advancement of scientific expertise in the developing world.

To accomplish its mandate, for nearly 50 years ICTP has been providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills they need to enjoy long and productive careers, by offering them different research opportunities, ranging from Ph.D. programmes to training and research in Italian laboratories.

Thanks to all its initiatives, ICTP is now recognized as one of the major forces in stemming the scientific brain drain from the developing world.

The Elsevier Foundation

Collaborating since: 2010

The Elsevier Foundation ( provides grants to institutions around the world, with a focus on support for the world’s libraries and for scholars in the early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 80 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global communities. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

OWSD and The Elsevier Foundation

Since 2010, OWSD has been a key partner in administering the Elsevier Foundation Early Career Awards for Women Scientists from Developing Countries. To see an inspiring film about the awardees and for more information visit the Awards page.

University of Cape Town

South Africa

South Africa’s oldest university (founded in 1829), University of Cape Town is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions with a long tradition of academic excellence and cultural diversity that characterizes its staff and students who come from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world.  UCT has six faculties - Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science - which are all supported by UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development, which addresses students' teaching and learning needs.

International School for Advanced Studies - Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA)


The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) is an internationally renowned degree-granting Italian institute for research and post-graduate studies, leading to a doctorate degree. It is the only institute of its kind in the Italian university system and presently one of three training schools in Italy designated as a 'centre of excellence'.

At SISSA Ph.D. training is offered in several fields of scientific inquiry, e.g. astrophysics, biophysics, cognitive neurosciences, biology and mathematics.

Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT)

Collaborating since: 2009

Women in Global Science and Technology is an international non-profit which promotes women's development of science, technology and innovation. It believes that women should have equal access to technologies and participate fully in the knowledge society.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)


Universiti Putra Malaysia is a leading research university in Malaysia. It has 15 faculties, 11 institutes, 2 schools and 21 centres. It offers academic programmes, researches and training opportunities in all major fields of studies, especially in agriculture, applied sciences, biomedical, biotechnology, forestry and engineering. 

As a university with a world class reputation, UPM's academic programmes are internationally recognized. With its educational excellence, it continues to attract growing numbers of students and staff from around the world. Currently, it has 3,805 international postgraduate students out of a population of 10,047 postgraduate students. 

Its researches are highly rated internationally across many disciplines such as agriculture and food, biosystems and biotechnology, environment and energy, applied sciences and engineering, just to name a few.

Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste


Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is a multidisciplinary international laboratory of excellence, specialized in generating high quality synchrotron and free-electron laser light and applying it in materials science. Its mission is to promote cultural, social and economic growth through basic and applied research, technical and scientific training, transfer of technology and know-how.

Xidian University

Collaborating since: 2015

Xidian University is one of the highest ranking universities in China in the areas of computer science, telecommunication engineering and electronic information engineering and one of the very first institutions of higher learning in China to have offered degrees in IT related sciences including information theory, information system engineering, radar, microwave antenna, electronic-mechanical engineering, and electronic countermeasure. With its 16 schools and over 1,900 full-time teachers, it has received several awards and recognitions of educational excellence at the national level.

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)


The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) 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 performs advanced research and training in molecular biology and biotechnology and is now also focused on advancing knowledge and applying the latest techniques in the following fields:

  • biomedicine
  • crop improvement
  • environmental protection and remediation
  • biopharmaceuticals and biopesticide production

Rhodes University

South Africa

Founded in 1904, Rhodes University is a well-established University located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is a small research intensive university which enjoys the distinction of having amongst the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. The University takes pride in its motto, Where Leaders Learn, and in producing graduates who are knowledgeable intellectuals, skilled professionals, and critical, caring and compassionate citizens who can contribute to economic and social development and an equitable, just and democratic society.

The Marine Biology Laboratory - Laboratorio di Biologia Marina (LBM)


The Marine Biology Laboratory (LBM) is a scientific laboratory managed by a consortium comprised of the municipality and province of Trieste, and the universities of Trieste and Udine.

Through access to its research vessel, LBM conducts research on marine science in coastal and off-shore environments that focuses on biological oceanography, marine biogeochemistry and physical oceanography. LBM also provides a large number of services designed to evaluate the environmental impacts of human activities.

The Laboratory is organized in three sections, all provided with up-to-date scientific equipment:

- Hydrology

- Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

-Marine Biology

Since the early 1970s, LBM has studied the causes of marine environmental degradation in the Adriatic Sea and monitored environmental conditions in the Gulf of Trieste.

Research projects are often conducted in collaboration with national and international research institutions.

The Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS)


The Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS) focuses on agricultural research and rural development through technological advancement and offers 53 PhD programmes and 65 Masters programmes in four key areas: agriculture, natural sciences, engineering and management science, covering 17 major disciplines, of which 10 are at PhD level (biology, ecology, crop science, horticulture, agricultural resources and environment, plant protection, animal science, veterinary, agrostology and agricultural economics) and 17 at Masters level (atmospheric science, biology, ecology, agricultural engineering, environmental sciences and engineering, food science and engineering, crop science, horticulture, agricultural resources and environment, plant protection, animal science, veterinary, forestry, agrostology, management science and engineering, agricultural economics and library information and archive management).

GSCAAS provides its students with access to the facilities of 39 research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) located throughout China. As of 2015, there are more than 4300 graduate students, inlcuding over 150 foreign students coming from more than 40 countries.

Center for Theoretical and Applied Ecology - Centro di Ecologia Teorica e Applicata (CETA)


Established in 1987, CETA is a non-profit association dedicated to applied research, experimentation and planning in such diverse areas as land resources management, waste water management, and production and use of biomass as an energy source.

CETA’s main goal is fostering the introduction of real models of sustainable development. To reach such purpose, CETA performs several initiatives, such as collaborating with private companies, laboratories and research institutes to create the right conditions for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, and supporting the introduction of green infrastructures and innovative sustainable technologies.

CETA's administrative headquarters is located in Gorizia, while the technical laboratory is located in AREA Science Park of Trieste.

The University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)


The University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) is a higher education institution focusing on graduate education. With four campuses in Beijing and five education centers outside the capital city,
UCAS is also backed by more than 100 CAS institutes throughout China specializing in all branches of the natural and engineering sciences. UCAS  implements a two-layer education system whereby course work is carried out at the Beijing campuses, while research work is primarily carried out at the various CAS institutes. At present, there are over 40,000 graduate students at UCAS, of whom 50% are doctoral students.
To date, UCAS has conferred masters and doctoral degrees to more than 109,000 students.

The Marine Reserve of Miramare - Riserva Naturale Marina di Miramare (RNMM)


The Marine Reserve of Miramare, managed by the Italian World Wildlife Fund on behalf of Italy's Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Territory, focuses on issues related to the reproductive biology of fish species.

The main aim of the reserve is to maintain ecological and biological diversity in the marine environment surrounding Trieste through research and monitoring activities. The reserve also supervises educational programs designed for students and the public.

The visitors' centre, located in the Castelletto in Miramare Castle park, is the focal point of the reserve's research, monitoring and educational activities.

Center for Advanced Research in Space Optics (CARSO)


Established in 1989, the Center for Advanced Research in Space Optics (CARSO) is a non-profit organization involved in research and development of advanced optical instrumentation and components for space applications.

Specifically, CARSO's research activities focus on the development of optical technologies and astronomical instrumentation for space platforms: autonomous pointing and tracking systems for the shuttle and space station; fluorimeters for biological experiments in space; photon counting instruments for satellite earth observation; vision systems for real-time 3-D remote handling and quality control in industry; software for space instrumentation; and experiments on the physiology of the human eye under zero-gravity conditions.

The Institute for the Structure of Matter (ISM) - Trieste Section


The Institute for the Structure of Matter's Trieste Section (ISM) was established in 1992 with the goal of constructing beamlines at ELETTRA and conducting scientific research, particularly in basic and applied solid state physics.

During the years researchers and technical experts working at the ISM Trieste Section have constructed and are now responsible for the use of two beamlines: a VUV photoelectron spectroscopy line and a POLAR circularly polarized line.

The couple of beamlines is used for examining electronic properties of surfaces, low-dimensional systems, and semiconductor, metal and magnetic materials, as well as for studying the interaction between gaseous materials and surfaces.

Institute of Cristallography - Istituto di Cristallografia (IC)


The National Research Council's (CNR) Institute of Crystallography is a renowned scientific institute responsible for research on structural chemistry, structural biology and material science.

At IC scientists are involved in a large number of activities, such as developing innovative crystallographic methods, applicable to inorganic and biological materials; realizing bio-sensors based on photosynthetic proteins, necessary to various ambient, alimentary and medical applications; and developing software of international interest.

The institute's Trieste section, which has been located in Area Science Park since 1993, concentrates on the development and operation of the diffraction of ELETTRA's XERD1 beamline and its subsequent use for crystallographic studies of proteins and materials.

National Laboratory for Advanced Technology and NanoSCience (TASC)


Located in the Area Science Park of Trieste, (INFM) Laboratory for Advanced Technology and NanoScience (TASC) represents INFM (the National Institute for the Physics of Matter)’s first national laboratory.

 Counting on a scientific staff of 50, TASC acts as a service-oriented national resource for academia and industry, providing new materials (semiconductors, oxides and carbon-based films) for nanofabrication (nanostructures for electronics, photonics, and space and biomedical applications) and access to a wide set of characterization techniques.

Among its most important activities, TASC is responsible for operating six beamlines at the ELETTRA synchrotron radiation facility for both in-house and external research.

United World College of the Adriatic (UWC Adriatic) - Collegio del Mondo Unito dell’Adriatico


UWC Adriatic is an international residential school located in Duino (a village between the cities of Monfalcone and Trieste), which brings together 190 students from around the world for the final two years of their high school education. Inspired by the ideas of the German educationalist Kurt Hahn, the UWC organization aspires to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. 

With such initiative, UWC aims to help students become active, involved and educated citizens whose attitudes towards understanding and community service will be a powerful catalyst for change. Through the students, as representatives of their countries, UWC hopes to influence their wider communities to become more compassionate and peaceful, in order to foster, eventually, international understanding and peace.

Astronomical Observatory of Trieste - Osservatorio Astronomico (OAT)


The Astronomical Observatory of Trieste (OAT) is one of the Italian centres of excellence for the study of astronomy.

The research conducted at the institute covers several specific fields, ranging from the study of the sun, solar system, stars and Milky Way to the study of distant galaxies and cosmology.

OAT is also involved in the European Space Agency's (ESA) Planck space mission and it works closely with a host of other institutions, including the Galileo National Telescope in the Canary Islands and the astronomical facilities of the European Southern Observatory in Chile.

National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS)


The National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) is an internationally oriented public research institution responsible for promoting, coordinating and conducting study and scientific research aimed at evaluating and preventing geological, environmental and climatic risks, as well as widening, at the same time, the knowledge of the earth and its resources, especially in the fields of oceanography (under the Physical, Chemical and Biological aspects), geophysics and marine geology, and experimental and explorative geophysics.

To conduct such research, OGS can count on several strategic infrastructures of excellence, such as its own vessel, the OGS Explora, an oceanographic research ship.

Moreover, not only does OGS contribute to the spreading of knowledge in the field of Earth Sciences, but it also helps developing practical solutions to environmental, economical and social issues in line with the National Program of Research (PNR) and strategic objectives set by the EU, with particular referral to Horizon 2020.

Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico (IS)


The Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico (IS) of Trieste is an interactive and multimedia science museum that, together with those located in Pordenone, Malnisio and Tavagnacco, constitutes the interactive science museums network of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Each museum of the network has its own distinctive features, but they all share the same philosophy and methodology: touching, experimenting, learning while having fun in order to truly understand science and nature.

The Science Centre (IS) of Trieste develops informal interactive educational activities, hands-on exhibitions and multimedia presentations for the public, particularly for school-age children.

The exhibitions, both informative and entertaining, are prepared in collaboration with the scientific institutions based in Trieste and other international scientific organizations from around the world.

Cluster in Biomedicine - Consorzio per il Centro di Biomedicina Molecolare (CBM)


CBM is a public-private company founded with the ambitious mission of acting as a bridge between public research and industry in an extremely important sector, that of “personalised medicine”.

Since 2004 CBM has been coordinating the Technology Cluster in Biomedicine of Friuli Venezia Giulia, a network of science centres, companies, governmental bodies, development agencies and financial partners established in order to create synergies between research, training and technology transfer, and to stimulate and accelerate the process that transforms a “scientific idea” into a “product”, to the benefit of citizens and society, as well as to the social and economic development of the territory.

National Institute of Nuclear Physics - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)


The Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) is an organization dedicated to the study of the fundamental constituents of matter, which promotes, coordinates and funds theoretical and experimental research in the fields of sub-nuclear, nuclear and astroparticle physics.

Fundamental research in these areas requires the use of cutting-edge technologies and instrumentation developed by INFN in both its own laboratories and in collaboration with the world of industry.

Moreover, INFN promotes the application of the skills, methods, and experimental techniques developed in the course of its own research to conduct scientific inquiry in other fields, such as medicine, artistic preservation, and environmental protection.

Copernicus Science Centre (CSC)


The Copernicus Science Centre is one of the largest science centres in Europe whose mission is promoting the scientific knowledge among children and adults through hands-on workshops, permanent exhibitions and amazing experiments.

The CSC is a cultural institution established and financed by the Capital City of Warsaw, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Ministry of National Education.


Why OWSD members might be interested?

OWSD might consider a partnership with Copernicus Science Centre, because of its great importance in the scientific area. Indeed, altough it is one of the youngest science centers, it is considered one of the most interesting and innovative ones worldwide. In addition, the CSC co-organizes the Science Picnic – the largest open air event for the promotion of science in Europe.

Women’s Major Group (WMG)

Collaborating since: 2012

Women's Major Group is an international non-governmental organization created at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, where governments recognized Women as one of the nine important groups in society to achieve sustainable development.

Since its foundation, WMG has been supporting the participation of women in UN processes on Sustainable Development and Environment by giving them the opportunity to speak in the plenaries with the representatives of governments and in high-level meetings with Ministers and Heads of State, as well as by facilitating their access to documents and submission of proposals.

Why OWSD members might be interested?

The WMG is a self-organized organization open to all interested institutions worldwide that strive to promote human rights based sustainable development with a special focus on women’s human rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Genre en Action (GeA)

Collaborating since: 2012

Genre en Action is an international Francophone network of organizations and people striving for the inclusion of gender in development with the main aim of boosting the advocacy of the equality of women and men, particularly in the Francophone world.

Why OWSD members might be interested?

GeA supports any policy and development program fighting against gender inequality, violence against women and violations of women's rights, because these unacceptable realities impede the development and freedom of all human beings.

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