The UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development through Research and Education in Modern Physics has been established by an agreement between UNESCO and Horia Hulubei Foundation, Bucharest, Romania, signed on March 23, 2010.



The main purpose of the Chair will be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in modern physics and modern technologies for new energy sources. It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the Foundation and other higher education institutions in Romania, as well as in other regions of the world. It will furthermore contribute to reinforcing North-South and North-South-South co-operation.



The specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • develop high-level scientific programmes, keeping in mind the needs of developing countries, and foster the North-South scientific cooperation;
  • create teams of local experts who are able to contribute to the implementation of solar energy conversion systems;
  • encourage the development of local laboratories, mainly in the domains of nanophysics and nanotechnology;
  • contribute to the training of researchers from less developed countries (LDCs) in modern physics and technology through pre-doctoral and doctoral studies, to be held in Romania, using ICTP scientific guidance, experience and syllabuses;
  • build the necessary human capital in the target countries in order to benefit from the progress of science and technology;
  • contribute to sustainable development and to regional integration through education and science.