TWAS Announces October Deadline for 2023 Visiting Expert Programme

TWAS has confirmed an October deadline for its 2023 Visiting Expert Programme, enabling internationally renowned experts to work and establish links at institutions in developing countries.

The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS) is a merit-based science academy founded in 1983 and based on the premises of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South.

The TWAS Visiting Expert Programme annually provides institutions and research groups in developing countries (especially Least Developed Countries and those with limited outside contacts) with opportunities to establish long-term links with world leaders in areas of science other than mathematics and physics and to help them develop capacity-building in their country. Within the framework of the programme, prospective host institutions can invite internationally renowned experts in areas of science other than mathematics and physics to collaborate in research and training. The Visiting Expert will be expected to interact closely with faculty and students of the host institution with the aim of strengthening its existing activities and/or assisting in the establishment of new lines of research. The visiting expert could also deliver lectures and seminars to research students, supervise students, conduct research and discuss future collaborative partnerships.

Eligible applicants are institutions and research groups based in a developing country in the South. The institution or research group will nominate a Visiting Expert. The Visiting Expert must have a PhD and must have attained international recognition in their field of science to be considered for support under this programme. Nominations of women and applications from institutions based in Least Developed Countries are particularly encouraged.

TWAS will provide the Visiting Expert with the most direct economy class travel (round-trip) while the host institution is expected to cover local expenses. The visit should include a minimum stay of two weeks at the host institution.

Applications must be submitted by 9 October 2023.

(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)