Two of the major institutes that comprise the Trieste Science System have partnered to support scientists from developing countries.
Elettra, a non-profit, publicly funded international research organisation, is, like ICGEB, located in the AREA Science Park in Trieste.
It has an established, international, multidisciplinary research centre, specialised in generating high-quality synchrotron and free-electron laser light and applying it in materials and life sciences.
Under a new Agreement, Elettra will provide a contribution to ICGEB to support scientists from developing countries in structural biology, biophysics, life sciences, and biotechnology, through the Arturo Falaschi Fellowship Programme.
ICGEB will manage and coordinate the Fellowships that will be awarded to scientists from developing countries.
The Fellowships will pursue research projects of joint interest to both institutes, with candidates being selected from among the applicants to the Arturo Falaschi Fellowship Programme. The agreement also offers the possibility to host awarded scientists on the premises of both institutes and to work with dedicated supervisors/tutors.
Elettra will also provide the Fellows with the material resources, the instrumentation, and the consumables needed for their study and research activity by means of synchrotron radiation.
“This partnership constitutes a tangible result of close collaboration with partner institutes that is welcomed by ICGEB and follows the first joint symposium on multidiscipliary research organised by the ICGEB and Elettra last year.” States Lawrence Banks, ICGEB Director-General. “It is precisely these partnerships that strengthen ICGEB’s activities throughout its constituency.“
Alfonso Franciosi, President and CEO of Elettra, stated “We believe that this agreement, by opening a strategic collaboration between two centres of excellence, will multiply the impact that the two institutions will have in areas ranging from virus research to the development of active pharmaceutical ingredients“. Earlier he gave a seminar at ICGEB on Life Science Research and Future Perspectives at Elettra.
The first Fellowships are expected to be granted following the closing date for applications on 31 March 2021.