This website describes the Trieste System, a unique network of scientific institutions that focuses on the challenging goal of mantaining and fostering scientific communities as a necessary prerequisite for sustainable development in the developing world. It is designed to serve as a useful source of information, providing valuable insights and links to the broad range of scientific institutions that give the system its purpose and vitality.

The Trieste System's enduring strength is derived from the international institutions that serve as the basis of its worldwide reputation: the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics; the Third World Academy of Science; the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology; the International Centre for Science and High Technology; and the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues.

But the system's diverse strengths also depend on national, regional and local scientific institutions that add to the breadth and texture of its expertise: for example, the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA); the AREA Science Park, which houses the ELETTRA Synchrotron Light Facility and a host of national research laboratories and private firms; and the University of Trieste.

The defining characteristic of the Trieste System is its dedication to the advancement of science in the developing world. But the system's ability to pursue this goal depends largely on the environment in which it operates. This booklet offers a brief portrait of the system's broad dimensions, describing what makes the Trieste System a unique symbol of global scientific cooperation.