The ICGEB is actively engaged in the dissemination of science for the public. Our scientists, staff and students participate in science fairs and events and voluntarily support local, national and international outreach activities, thereby enriching our work, deepening our contribution to the wider society, and aligning our mission to our environment.
The ICGEB promotes public engagement to communicate science through conferences, such as “Science & the City”, and by taking an active role in joint initiatives, such as Trieste Next, the Italian science fair organised together with the other major science institutes located in Trieste, each September.
Scientists and staff at ICGEB New Delhi participate in the annual India International Science Festival IISF, World Biofuel Day, and other events organised by the Indian Government.
ICGEB Cape Town champions the SA Government’s Outreach and Communication programmes and is present at the Science Forum SFSA each year, as well as National Science Week South Africa.
ICGEB joins South African and international researchers and scientists, decision-makers, civil society and the public in welcoming the World Science Forum (WSF) to Cape Town from 6-9 December 2022. This is the first time that the Forum is taking place on the African continent, hosted by the South African Department of Science and Innovation, with the theme ‘Science for Social Justice’.
Chris Smith, Clinical Virologist at Cambridge University and co-presenter on the BBC’s The Naked Scientists, discusses “Viruses: Friends or Foes” with Lawrence Banks, ICGEB Director-General, and Mauro Giacca, King’s College London.
In Italy, our PhD students teach lessons in high schools on molecular and cellular genetics through the “Diffondo” project of AIRH, the Italian Association for Research Prevention and Care, a project that involves approx. 1000 students each year.
ICGEB is also one of the founders of ITS Volta, a school that organises high-level, post-diploma specialist courses in technological areas considered to be strategic for economic development and national competivity; such as training in biomedical computing and equipment.