ICGEB Board of Governors, 16th session

The 15th regular Session of the CSA and the 16th Session of the Board of Governors were held at the ICGEB New Delhi Component, India, between 16-20 November 2009.

Among the conclusions and decisions ensuing from the meetings:

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- Extremely positive the Report concerning the scientific achievements of the New Delhi Component over the last three years, in particular concerning the major grant received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the establishment of a Malaria Vaccine Development Programme; the Component has 33 Principal investigators distributed in 8 different Research Groups and a PhD programme, with up to 100 PhD students at any one time. Approximately 100 junior scientists are working in various extra-mural funded research projects and collaboration programmes have been established with the Emory Global Vaccine Centre and with Genzyme India;

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- at the Trieste Component, of particular note, over 100 external research grants from various funding bodies have been obtained over the last three years; publications by the 17 Research Groups operating in Trieste over the last 7 years number over 540, for a total impact factor of over 3000 (with an impact factor per publication ratio of 5.8). The annual PhD course in Trieste is supported by an average of 60 seminars per year by scientists of international renown, while PhD graduates in Trieste publish an average of 3.2 papers during their stay (1.3 with first authorship);

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- positive the developments on the establishment of the Cape Town Component, South Africa, as a tangible example of international scientific cooperation focused on the needs of Africa; work is ongoing to sensitise other potential donor Governments;

- participation in, and the number of, ICGEB training activities continue to flourish, along with the activities on Biosafety. Positive  the collaboration with UNESCO, TWAS and CEI, and future developments with ICRISAT/CGIAR, UNU, the UN and FAO;

- the Board accepts three new requests for membership (Republic of Angola, the State of Eritrea and the Kingdom of Lesotho), which will bring the ICGEB constituency to 82 Signatory Countries.

The ICGEB Activity Report 2008/2009 is now available on line.

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