TEU promotes research and capacity-building in the multidisciplinary area of “trace elements” and thus aims to enhance the sharing and transfer of knowledge in scientific fields. The Institute focuses on a broad spectrum of scientific endeavours that includes areas such as water, the environment, basic sciences and health. The main objective of the Institute is to coordinate scientific projects in basic and applied research on trace elements from an interdisciplinary point of view. TEU has established a network of satellite centres, which facilitates international scientific collaboration in line with UNESCO’s objectives in that field. Fields of competence: Chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, genetics, epidemiology, therapeutics, nutrition, agronomy, environment (soil and water) and veterinary sciences.
Coordinate UNESCO's scientific projects in basic and applied research on trace elements from an interdisciplinary point of view; promote the development and transfer of scientific knowledge between the different regions of the world.