Institutes and Centres in the Natural Sciences

Last update: 24 November 2022

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.

Basic sciences and Engineering



Renewable energy

Earth sciences

Disaster Risk Reduction

Ecological sciences

Water sciences