South-South Cooperation

South-South Cooperation is making increasingly significant contributions to global and regional development. ICGEB aims to bring about sustainable development, ensuring that the benefits arising from modern biology and biotechnology can also reach our communities in the global south.

In this moment of global crisis the need for South-South and Triangular Scientific cooperation has never been greater. ICGEB has responded with efforts to directly provide rapid assistance to our constituency with diagnostics, surveillance and capacity enhancement for handling the Covid19 crisis, bringing the critical information and technologies to where they are most needed.

We have recently joined with the UN Office for South South Cooperation to make a real impact across the Global South and capitalise upon the wonderful platforms that each Organisation has developed, such as the South South Galaxy, the Coalition of Think Tank Networks, and its flagship publication of Good Practices.

ICGEB hopes to expand joint activities by promoting programmes for reversing brain drain in the Global South, enhancing South-South cooperation and exchange and, of course, using science and scientific diplomacy to promote peace and security. Through this partnership, ICGEB can better fulfil its mandate by strengthening its ability to offer science and scientific capacity building to support sustainable development; offering biotech solutions tailored to the real needs of different countries in the Global South, which range from health to agriculture and clean energy; and generating knowledge sharing and outreach programmes.

Feature story

Dr. Zulma Rocio Suarez-Moreno PhD student in the Venturi lab in Trieste

Zulma published four, first, and two co-author papers in high-impact journals on quorum sensing signals and bacterial plant disease during her time in the Bacteriology lab in Trieste.

Following postdoctoral studies at the University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey, USA, she returned to Colombia as Research Associate at the Biotech Institute, “Universidad Nacional” in collaboration with Biocultivos S.A.

In 2014 she joined the “Universidad de La Sabana” as Assistant Professor and moved to a Biotech Company. Currently Director of R&D at Empresa Colombiana de Productos Veterinarios VECOL S.A., Bogota,  she is also Ambassador to Colombia for the American Society for Microbiology. 

“ICGEB had an enormous impact on my career;  it  provided  an international environment rich in  experimental skills and ideas, training in leadership and  diplomacy of science through life testimonials of young scientists and experienced researchers. My collaborations have developed through the ICGEB network, following the rules of respectand excellence learned in Trieste.”

Map showing awarded and ongoing South-South mobility of SMART Fellowships

The ICGEB SMART Fellowships Programme (Scientific Mobility for Advanced Research Training) has been running since 2014, to promote the mobility of researchers between ICGEB Member States as a way of fostering South-South cooperation. This programme has been particularly popular and, from feedback received from the fellows and the host supervisors, has proven extremely useful and beneficial for both parties.

Regulatory Science

ICGEB – Biosafety Group becomes Regulatory Science Group

The emergence of new biotechnologies, especially gene drives, genome editing and RNAi technologies, which result in a broader range of applications and which, by extension, help governments to attain a broader range of policy goals, has also resulted in increased requests for support.

ICGEB – TWAS/UNESCO Strengthen their Partnership

The ICGEB and UNESCO – through The World Academy of Sciences in TWAS, Italy – sign an agreement to strengthen their common actions and to build capacity in biotechnology and related fields.

For more information:
Marianna Maculan, Chief, External Relations
Email: [email protected]