ICGEB-BWC-TWAS-IAP Course on Virus Detection and Biosecurity, and Science Diplomacy

A joint Initiative by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), the course will take place on 4 – 8 March 2024 in Trieste, Italy
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The course is part of a joint initiative between ICGEB, TWAS, IAP and BWC from 4 to 8 March 2024 in Trieste Italy, to promote capacity-building in virus detection and biosecurity with an insight to the current issues of science and diplomacy. The selected participants will start their training with briefings and a tabletop exercise on science and diplomacy related topics to biosecurity and the BWC over a 1.5-day workshop organised by TWAS and IAP at the TWAS headquarters. The second part of the capacity building initiative is comprised of theoretical sessions, lectures by international experts in virology, diagnostic procedures, epidemiology, public health, surveillance, antiviral therapy, vaccines, and biosecurity which will be held at the ICGEB headquarters. The training at the ICGEB includes practical sessions on application of molecular assay techniques for virus detection and application of a next-generation sequencing methods for virus detection in the field.


Early/mid-career scientists (preferably 40 years or younger);

Female applicants are encouraged to apply and will be given priority;

Research and wider engagement related to virology, microbiology and infectious disease;

Demonstrated background in molecular biology is essential to get full benefit of the practical sessions;

Only applicants from the countries in the DAC list of ODA recipients will be considered. For  list of eligible countries see HERE.


Selected participants will receive financial support for air travel, daily subsistence allowance in accordance with the United Nations regulations and visa expenses.


Documents to be provided by applicants: a motivation letter outlining the specific interest to attend and a CV demonstrating the relevant background. Participants are encouraged to have a valid national passport when applying for the course and necessary authorization for participation at the course.

Applicants must register on the ICGEB Service Gateway (ISG) HERE, in order to obtain access to the online submission platform.

Data entered for registration to the ISG portal (name, surname, gender, date of birth, nationality and E-mail address) will automatically be included in the applicant’s request to attend the event – “Personal data” section – and will not be editable

For general queries: mehran.rouzbahani@un.org

For any problems with ISG access, please contact the ICGEB IT support service at support@icgeb.org

Deadline to apply: 17 December 2023.

Outcome of selection: 14 January 2024.

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