Institutes and Centres in the Natural Sciences

Category 1 Institutes

UNESCO’s Category 1 institutes, which are an integral part of UNESCO, institutes build scientific capacity in Member States, essentially in developing countries.

Category 2 Centres and Institutes

Category 2 centres and institutes contribute to the execution of UNESCO’s programme through capacity building; the exchange of information in a particular discipline; theoretical and experimental research; and advanced training. They are under the auspices of UNESCO but are not legally part of the Organization; they are associated with it through formal arrangements approved by the General Conference. These centres and institutes form a vast network of associated centres in the fields of water, renewable energy, science policy, biotechnology, geosciences, the basic sciences and remote sensing.



  • Regional Centre for Biotechnology
    Faridabad, India
  • International Training and Education Centre in Proteomics, Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics (BIOmics)
    Rehovot, Israel
  • Health-related Basic Sciences Centre and Human Nutrition
    Mashad, Iran
  • International Centre for Biotechnology
    Nsukka, Nigeria
  • International Centre for Biological Chemistry
    Karachi, Pakistan

Renewable energy

Space technology

Disaster Risk Reduction