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