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In 2005, the World Conference on Physics for Sustainable Development, organised in Durban by the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), brought together scientists from developed and developing countries.

IUPAP has taken forward five workstreams on aspects of physics which were assessed at the Conference as most relevant to developing countries’ needs.

Following an IUPAP conference on development in Durban in 2005, IOP was charged with taking the lead in one of the four priority areas identified by the conference – physics and economic development. 

The Institute is leading the workstream on economic development and have run three workshops in a series, jointly with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, focusing on the entrepreneurial skills required to commercialise innovations and bring them to market. IOP is into a Memorandum of Understanding with ICTP for the delivery of one workshop per year, located in alternate years in Trieste and in a developing country. 

The IOP now has a well established programme, resources and experienced staff to be able to run at least two entrepreneurial workshops every year, promoting the role of physics/science in generating a knowledge based economy for developing countries.

The IOP holds at least one workshop per year in a developing country. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your country, please complete the application form.

If you would like to host a workshop in 2015 or 2016 please take the following dates in consideration:

  • The deadline for applying to host a workshop in June-December 2015 is 30 March 2015
  • The deadline for applying to host a workshop in January-May 2016 is 30 September 2015

last edited: January 08, 2015


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