Costa Rica

UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity Informatics (712), established in 2006 at The Costa Rican Institute of Technology, National Institute of Bioiversity (Costa Rica).


Biodiversity informatics.


  • The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the fields of biodiversity informatics. It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of institutions in Costa Rica, Latin America and the Caribbean, and other regions of the world.
  • The main objective of this project is to establish this UNESCO Chair as a regional South-South collaboration programme to promote capacity-building in this field for Latin American and Caribbean countries.
  • The Chair will host both a graduate and a more technical training programme, which will offer individuals in this region a unique training opportunity in the biodiversity domain. The education programmes organized around the Chair will be supported by an interdisciplinary team formed by highly skilled computer scientists and biologists from the Institute of Technology and from the Institute.

Host Institution

  • The Costa Rican Institute of Technology, National Institute of Bioiversity

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences, UNESCO Office San José.


Dr César Garita, Instituto Technologico de Costa Rica, Departamento de Computación
UNESCO Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity Informatics
E-Mail address -
Work Phone - 506-550-2402
Fax - 506-552-6665
- Apartado Postal 159-7050
City - Cartago
Country - Costa Rica