South Africa

UNESCO Chair in Biotechnology (449), established in 1999 at the University of Limpopo (former University of the North) (South Africa).


Biotechnologies of significance in agricultural, health, environmental and industrial sectors.


  • To promote research, training, information and documentation activities in different biotechnologies of significance in the agricultural, health, environmental and industrial sectors.
  • To facilitate collaboration between high-level internationally recognized researchers and the research team of the University, and other institutions in the region of Southern Africa, mainly in South Africa.
  • To contribute to the objectives of biotechnological initiatives launched by UNESCO.

Host Institution

UNESCO Sector/Field Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences.


Prof. Ignatious Ncube, University of Limpopo, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology
UNESCO Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Biotechnology
E-Mail address - ncubei(at)
Work Phone - 27 15 268 2340
Fax - 27 15 268 3234
Street - P.Bag X1106
City - Sovenga
Postal Code - O727
Country - South Africa