Within the framework of the Basic Sciences Programme, UNESCO fosters international cooperation in physics and applied physics, capacity-building for research and advanced training, especially in developing countries.
The advanced training of women and young scientists in physics and applied physics is pursued by strengthening collaboration with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and other centers of excellence and networks. In particular, the need for upgrading and providing foundation to the conceptual knowledge of many university physics teachers and lecturers, especially those in developing countries, is addressed in cooperation with the International Commission for Physics Education (ICPE-IUPAP), physics education networks, universities and institutes. UNESCO initiatives in physics and physics education, enhance research and teaching capacities of young physicists, specialists, and physics teachers. Moreover, access to research and training facilities in developed countries will be broadened for scientists from developing countries.