During May15-17, 2024, delegations from ICTP-AP joined the International Symposium of Category 2 Centre under the auspice of UNESCO in the field of Natural Sciences. The symposium was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Lida Brito, assistant director-general of UNESCO Natural Science Sector introduced the programmes of the sector and announced the International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development.

The symposium mainly involves 7 sessions. Dr.Min Zhang representing ICTP-AP introduced the relevant action during the session on "The Role of Basic Sciences in Advancing Emerging Technologies and Breakthrough Innovations". 

The symposium has set the stage for enhanced coordination and collaboration among Category 2 Centres, fostering knowledge exchange and promoting shared goals while inspiring collective action.