TWAS - The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries
Strada Costiera, 11
34151 Trieste, Italia
Tel: 040-240429, 338-4305210
TWAS - The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries, is an autonomous international organization, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. It was officially launched by the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1985.
TWAS represents the best of science in developing countries. Its main mission is to promote scientific excellence and capacity in the South for science-based sustainable development. TWAS provides promising scientists with financial resources and research infrastructures to promote the attainment of their scientific projects. In 1991, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) assumed responsibility for administering TWAS funds and personnel on the basis of an agreement signed by TWAS and UNESCO. In 2004, the Italian government passed a law that ensures a continuous financial contribution to the Academy's operation. TWAS has been promoting science and research in some 100 developing countries, furthering South-South contacts and South-North cooperation among individual scientists and research institutes.