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The following is a compilation of links of interest to scientists and engineers around the world pertaining to research and education. Unless noted, all Web sites listed are free access and in English. Most recent update of this site: 20 September 2005.


  • AbilityHub
    assistive technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible; directs you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers
  • AbilityNet
    provides free information and advice, individual assessment of technology needs, the supply of assistive technology with free support, a programme of awareness education, and consultancy for employers on system and workstation adaptations
  • Apple's Accessibility Site
    information about accessiblity technologies that are compatible with Macintosh operating systems
  • Assistive Technology Centre
    information, resources, organizations, articles, tutorials, links, products, hardware and software related to technology solutions for citizens with a disability and or health challenge
  • BBC - My Web My Way
    provides accessibility help, enabling computer users to make the most of the internet whatever their ability or disability
  • European Assistive Technology Information Network
    project to create a comprehensive information network on assistive technology (AT) serving older and disabled people, their families and careers across the globe
  • European Design for All e-Accessibility Network (EDeAN)
    created to provide input for European Curricula in Design for All, a forum for Design for All issues and idea sharing through joint activities such as conferences, symposia and exchanges of students and scholars
  • Guide to Low-Cost/No-Cost Online Tools for People with Disabilities 2005 (PDF)
    written to provide technology resources that increase access to computers for people with disabilities; focus is on low-cost and no-cost on-line resources, organized by category
  • Linux Accessibility Resource Site
    links to Linux/Unix Accessibility Software
  • Microsoft's Accessibility Site
    information about accessiblity technologies that are compatible with Microsoft operating systems
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan
    organization concerned with application of science and technology in the rehabilitation process; membership includes rehabilitation professionals (engineers, medical staff, teachers of handicapped children, etc.), providers (makers and dealers), and consumers (disabled persons)
  • Trace Center’s Listing of Available Software
    free and low-cost software for DOS, Linux, Macintosh, UNIX and Windows platforms

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Lists of programs

Individual Donation Programs
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  • Career InfoNet
    a comprehensive US government site detailing occupational requirements, wages, trends, and an extensive career resource library
  • Careers & Transitions
    from Australia's Department of Engineering, Science and Training; geared toward multiple audiences, from students to professionals
  • Carreras.co.cr
    gives career descriptions, tips for choosing a career and some universities in Costa Rica where you can study those fields; in Spanish
  • Enginuity
    an engineering career site for students from the UK's Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA)
    the European Job Mobility Portal; information on jobs and learning opportunities in Europe; in all EU languages
  • Jobs, Workers, Training & Careers
    Canadian government page listing many resources for jobs, training and all stages of career exploration; in English & French
  • LesMetiers.net
    extensive multimedia site covering more than 400 different professions; created by the Regional Council of Ile-de-France for students 12-25 years old; requires Flash 7 plug-in; in French
  • Next Wave
    career development resource for scientists from Science with portals specific to Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the US
  • O*NET OnLine
    the US Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network; can find job titles either by keyword or by matching with the required skills; lists very thorough profiles on each profession
  • Onisep
    career planning site for students from France's National Office of Information on Education and Professions; in French
  • Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
    geared toward US students but contains a lot of generally applicable information on job descriptions, personal profiles, and networking for science, mathematics and engineering
  • Studien- & Berufswahl (STUB)
    federal German career-planning site with decision-making aids, courses of study and occupational descriptions; in English, French and German
  • Teaching Resources - Careers
    compilation of links by UniServe Science (University of Sydney) for a multitude of different science-related careers
  • Universaria.net
    portal connecting more than 800 universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela; in Portuguese and Spanish
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  • Colleges and Universities Partnering for International Development (CUPID)
    a database of institutional postings to connect institutions of higher education for international development cooperation; provided by the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO)
  • CORDIS Partners Service
    helps identify suitable partners for collaboration or participation in European Union projects; in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Dutch Research Database (NOD)
    searchable database containing information on research in the Netherlands and Flanders, addresses and descriptions of Dutch institutes, and expertise and names of researchers; in Dutch and English
  • National Research Council of Canada Expertise Database
    database searchable by keyword, expertise, job title, qualifications, first name, last name, NRC institute, NRC group, city, address, and language; in English and French
  • Roster of African Professionals
    multidisciplinary database launched by the Association of African Universities
  • SINAPSE Yellow Pages
    the European Commission repository of organizations and individuals who play, or could play, a useful role in scientific advice processes
  • United Nations Development Program Web of Information for Development
    an online Web-enabled system gathering information on experts and institutions of the South
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Available by subscription only (not free)

  • Australasian Science
    monthly magazine for the general public dedicated to science in Australia and New Zealand
  • Interciencia
    journal of science and technology of the Americas; a multidisciplinary journal published monthly by the nonprofit Interciencia Association; in English, Portuguese and Spanish
  • Science in Russia
    an illustrated science and information bimonthly magazine devoted to new studies and discoveries by Russian researchers and engineers in the field of natural and exact sciences
Freely available
  • Ciencia Hoje
    the magazine Science Today acts as channel between the scientific community and Brazilian society; the publication supplies a general panorama of the intellectual and technological production of the universities, national research centers and institutes, as well as the advances of international science; in Portuguese
  • News in science
    a service of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that highlights science news in Australia
  • Science in Africa
    the first popular science magazine for Africa
  • SciDev.Net
    a free-access, Internet-based network devoted to reporting on and discussing those aspects of modern science and technology that are relevant to sustainable development and the social and economic needs of developing countries; has several regional gateways; in Chinese, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish
  • Science.ca
    educational site that describes Canada's scientists and their achievements
  • Swiss Science
    An overview of sciences, employment, funding, research area, universities and other research institutions in Switzerland. It provides also practical information about research mobility and living in Switzerland including immigration, taxes and legal issues. It is intended for researchers (PhD candidates, postdocs, professors, researchers in private labs, etc.) and students, and all those who are interested in sciences in Switzerland and abroad.
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Distance Education Initiatives (Multi-Country)

  • African Virtual University (AVU)
    a "university without walls" that uses modern information and communication technologies to give the countries of sub-Saharan Africa direct access to some of the highest quality learning resources throughout the world
  • Arab Open University
    a pan-Arab institution of higher education, based on the concepts and themes of Open Learning; a tutored system of independent study; in Arabic and English
  • Avicenna Virtual Campus
    a network of 15 AVICENNA Knowledge Centers (AKCs) formed by UNESCO to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-assisted Open Distance Learning in 11 Mediterranean countries that are not European Union
  • Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies; is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training
  • Globewide Network Academy
    non-profit whose purpose is the research and development of open source tools that promote distance learning and online communities; site has a collection of resources for distance education, including a catalog containing courses from more than 6000 distance education programs
  • Higher Education Systems
    data on the higher education systems of more than 100 countries
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)
    the UNESCO-based worldwide association of universities
  • International Education and Resource Network (iEARN)
    a non-profit global network that enables young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative educational projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world; has resources in more than 30 languages
  • Universities Worldwide
    searchable database of universities around the world maintained by Klaus Förster at the University of Innsbruck; users can add links
  • Worldwide Universities Network
    a world-wide alliance of research-led universities of international standing who are committed to working together to take advantage of research and educational opportunities emerging in rapidly moving interdisciplinary areas of global significance
  • Connexions
    provides an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web
  • Free Scientific Images
    lists several sources of free, online scientific images
  • Moodle
    a course management system (free, Open Source software package) designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities
  • Teaching Science Portal
    aims to link education decision makers and scientists to projects and resources supporting quality science education, to collect and share information on ICSU and Interacademy Panel (IAP) educational and training activities, and to provide examples of best practices in science education and training
  • Xplora
    the European gateway to science education, aimed at teachers, pupils, scientists, science communicators and science educators
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  • Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
    under the umbrella of capacity building for research, TWAS offers funding for equipment via Research Grants, Research Units in Least Developed Countries, and Spare Parts for Scientific Equipment
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    grants for the purchase of equipment by Humboldt Fellowship recipients in countries with limited foreign currency reserves to continue research projects started in Germany at an institute abroad
  • Carelift International
    a nonprofit, tax-exempt health care development organization that collects surplus medical equipment, supplies and pharmaceuticals from US hospitals and health care institutions and distributes them to developing countries worldwide
  • Direct Relief International
    has provided medical support with new and used medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and supplies to over 3,000 charitable health facilities worldwide
  • Federation of European Biochemical Societies Scientific Apparatus Recycling Scheme
    takes reliable, donated scientific equipment and journals and transfers it to laboratories in countries that are less well equipped and that face problems in acquiring research materials at current prices
  • Humatem
    bank of medical equipment for humanitarian aid; in English and French
  • International Aid
    medical equipment services section provides new and refurbished medical equipment, technical support, literature, training and advice, serves a global network of mission hospitals and clinics around the world
  • International Brain Research Organization Centre for Equipment Donation
    helps identify and facilitate the delivery of used donated equipment to interested labs in the economically underprivileged countries
  • International Organization for Medical Physics
    the Equipment Donation Programme was established to help developing countries aquire used equipment in good working condition
  • Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute
    accepts donations of used ultrasound scanners for its affiliated teaching centers in more than 35 countries around the world
  • Rockwell Automation's Global Equipment Donation Program
    Rockwell Automation donates equipment to educational institutions
  • Sustainable Sciences Institute
    helps channel used/surplus equipment and reagents to research laboratories in third world countries
  • TechSoup.org Recycled and Refurbished Hardware
    listing of hardware manufacturers which sell used hardware to nonprofit organizations
  • World Computer Exchange (WCE)
    an international educational nonprofit focused on helping the world's poorest youth to bridge the digital divide; WCE keeps donated computers out of landfills and gives them new life connecting youth to the Internet in developing countries
  • World Wide Lab Improvement
    specializing in equipping medical laboratory facilities in mission hospitals and clinics in developing countries
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Free Online Publications


Listings of National Ethics Commissions


Teaching Resources

  • Professional Ethics for Scientists
    outline from Dr. Linda M. Sweeting's course at Towson University
  • Reasonable Conduct in Science
    materials from a one-week class available on MIT's OpenCourseWare site
  • Resources for Teaching Research Ethics
    from a workshop at Indiana University's Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions
  • The Teaching of Ethics
    2003 report from the COMEST Working Group on the Teaching of Ethics that includes a survey of existing programs, an analysis of their structure and content, and detailed curriculum advice on how to integrate ethics in scientific education (276 KB pdf)
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  • Cyberthèses
    indexed digital repository of theses; cooperative project between l'Université de Montréal et l'Université Lumière, Lyon 2; in French
  • DiVA, the Digital Scientific Archive (Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet)
    theses, dissertations and other publications in full-text from a number of Nordic universities; in Danish, English, Norwegian and Swedish
  • FreeBooks4Doctors
    dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical books over the Internet
  • NCBI Bookshelf
    growing collection of biomedical books that can be searched and read online free of charge
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations (NDLTD)
    can browse or search digital library of electronic theses and dissertations from more than 100 universities in over 30 different countries; contains information about the initiative, how to set up Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) programs, how to create and locate ETDs and current research in digital libraries related to NDLTD and ETDs
  • The European Library
    a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals--both digital and non-digital) of the 43 national libraries of Europe; it offers free searching and delivers digital objects (some free, some priced); in Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Slovak
Journals, Pre-prints and E-prints
  • Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)
    provides access to journals from major scientific publishers in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences for students and researchers in qualifying, not-for-profit institutions in eligible developing countries; in Arabic, English, French and Spanish
  • AgZines
    a compilation of agricultural journals that are available free on the Web
  • arXiv.org E-print Archive
    e-print archive for physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences and computer science
  • BioMed Central
    free access to peer reviewed research across all areas of biology and medicine
  • CERN Document Server
    searchable Web interface to a database of preprints, photographs, books, reports and other types of documents kept by the CERN Library and various CERN Divisions and Experiments; in Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak and Spanish
  • CogPrints - Cognitive Sciences E-print Archive
    an electronic archive for papers in any area of psychology, neuroscience and linguistics, including many areas of computer science, philosophy, biology, medicine, anthropology and any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects and all languages
  • Directory of Mathematics Preprint and e-Print Servers
    comprehensive listing of umbrella servers, special subject servers and institute/department
  • eJournals Delivery Service
    a program of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics and the Third World Academy of Sciences geared to facilitate the access to current scientific literature; scientific articles can be delivered to scientists in institutions in third world countries via email upon request
  • E-print Network: Research Communications for Scientists and Engineers
    a gateway to over 14,880 Web sites and databases worldwide, containing e-prints in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also including subject areas such as chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy
  • FreeForAll
    an international collaboration of libraries that provides free journal articles to patrons and librarians in developing and less-developed nations
  • Free Medical Journals.com
    a site dedicated to dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet
  • Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI)
    an initiative to provide free or nearly free access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences, to public institutions in developing countries; part of the Health InterNetwork
  • Highwire (mostly back issues)
    free online full-text articles from journals published online with the assistance of HighWire Press
  • Highwire - Free Access to Developing Economies (includes current issues)
    free online full-text articles from journals published online with the assistance of HighWire Press
  • InformationR.net
    listing of electronic journals and newsletters in the Information Research field that all include at least a sample of freely accessible papers or news items; compiled by Tom Wilson at the University of Sheffield; mostly in English, but some in French and Spanish
  • Latin America and the Caribbean Social Science Virtual Libraries Network (Biblioteca Virtual de CLACSO)
    a virtual library of full-text social science publications in Spanish and Portuguese maintained by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, CLACSO); in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish
  • LIBLICENSE List of Developing Nations Initiatives
    a site offered identifying and linking to programs designated to bring high quality, peer-reviewed sciences journals for free or very cheaply to developing nations
  • Polyglot Paleontologist
    English translations of non-English paleontological literature; from SUNY Stonybrook
  • Program for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI)
    listing of sites with free online journals and databases compiled by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)
  • Ptolemy Project
    project from the University of Toronto exploring a novel way to provide a group of doctors and medical students in East Africa with electronic access to information resources by designating them research affiliates
  • Public Library of Science
    nonprofit scientific publishing venture that will provide scientists with high-quality, high-profile journals in which to publish their most important work, while making the full contents freely available for anyone to read, distribute, or use for their own research
  • PubMed Central
    a digital archive of life sciences journal literature managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)
    a collaborative effort volunteers around the world to enhance the dissemination of research in economics; the heart of the project is a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles and software components, and all materials are freely available

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  • AstroWeb
    a collection of pointers to astronomy-related information available on the Internet maintained by the AstroWeb Consortium
    a collection of gateways which provide access to evaluated, quality Internet resources in the health and life sciences; a part of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN)
  • Bio-Web
    cell and molecular biology news, tools and resources
  • BUBL Information Service
    a catalogue of over 11,000 selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas where the aim is to list 5-15 relevant resources for every subject included
  • Catalog and Index of French-language Health Resources (Catalogue et Index des Sites Médicaux Francophones, CISMeF)
    describes and indexes the main French-language health resources to assist health professionals and patients in their search for electronic information available on the Internet; a quality-controlled subject gateway initiated by the Rouen University Hospital; introduction in English and French, database in French
  • Centre for Scientific Research (CIRS)
    a free service open to all, providing scientific information at the international level; in Arabic, English, French and Spanish
  • Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS)
    a service provided by the European Commission's Innovation/SMEs program which offers access to a wide range of information on EU research and innovation development activities; in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish
  • Development Gateway
    an Internet portal for sharing knowledge, tools and resources for development practitioners; includes databases on development projects as well as country gateways; the central program of the Development Gateway Foundation; in English, French and Spanish
  • EEVL: the internet guide to engineering, mathematics and computing
    the Enhanced and Evaluated Virtual Library, part of the Resource Discovery Network; includes e-journals, databases, training materials, professional societies, university and college departments, research projects, bibliographic databases, software, information services and recruitment agencies
  • EMIS - The European Mathematical Information Service
    contains sections on projects, searchable databases and electronic library; offered by the European Mathematical Society (EMS)
  • iCivilEngineer
    a knowledge portal specially designed for civil engineering professionals and students
  • Infocyt
    the network of science and technology information for Latin America and the Caribbean; in Spanish
  • Internet Resources for Geographers
    a comprehensive site maintained by Lance Christian and Kenneth Foote of the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Librarians' Index to the Internet (lii)
    a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 11,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries; a program of the Library of California
  • Links for Chemists
    the chemistry section of the WWW Virtual Library, grouped by broad headings such as Chemistry departments, companies, organizations, chemical literature, and employment; organized by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  • Math-Net
    a worldwide electronic information and communication system for mathematics; provides tools and services that collect local information, e.g., about preprints and faculty members, made globally available via specialized search engines
  • National Science Digital Library
    created by the US National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education
  • Open Directory Project (ODP)
    a human-edited directory of the Web compiled by a global community of volunteer editors; this specific link is to their "science" category, which includes links to sites dealing with science in more than 50 languages
  • PhysNet
    this worldwide network of physics departments and documents provides a set of information services for physicists; a distributed information service, it features searchable databases of physics departments, documents and jobs in addition to listings of conferences, jobs, journals and links; developed by the Institute for Science Networking at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • PSIgate
    the physical sciences hub of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN)
  • SciDevNet
    a comprehensive site devoted to science, technology and development; features news, regional gateways, notices, dossiers, links and archives
  • Science.gov
    a gateway to authoritative selected science information including research and development results provided by U.S. Government agencies
  • Source
    international information support center designed to meet the information needs of individuals and organisations working in health, disability and development worldwide; has a unique collection of ~25,000 health and disability information resources
  • STDev: Science & Technology for Development
    gateway to information on science and technology within the United Nations system
  • University of Delaware Library Subject Guide
    comprehensive, alphabetical lists of resources arranged by subject, including databases, electronic journals and Internet resources; more than 20 science and engineering subject guides
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  • Bellanet Web-to-Email
    free Web-to-Email gateway service that delivers web pages via email
  • Freedomlist
    a listing of more than 700 free or inexpensive internet service providers around the world
  • GetWeb
    a service for health professionals who only have e-mail so that they can access information on the World Wide Web, including PDF files
  • pm2mail
    free software that allows access to PUBMED and to some full-text articles of scientific and medical journals over plain email; provided by the West African Doctors Network
  • www4mail
    www4mail is an open source application from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) that allows you to navigate off-line and search the whole Internet via electronic mail (e-mail) by using any standard Web browser and a MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Exchange) aware e-mail program
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Which act globally

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Directorate for International Programs
    AAAS International Initiatives support three strategic goals, which serve to promote: international scientific cooperation; capacity-building and workforce enhancements; and sustainable development
  • British Council
    science network operates across 60 countries encouraging collaboration and forming new partnerships in science around the world
  • Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS)
    an international organization aiming at socio-economic uplift of the third world through useful applications of science and technology
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
    the UK Government department working to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World
    nonprofit organization with a network of more than 3000 professionals and students working to reduce poverty and improve global sustainability
  • Engineers Without Borders/Ingénieurs Sans Frontières
    a charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in developing communities by focusing on the role of technology in the areas of water, food availability, health, energy and communications
  • International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED)
    a non-profit organization founded in Zurich, Switzerland to promote economic development through science and technology by organizing conferences to bring top scholars and members of industry together to develop and share new ideas, facilitate cultural exchange and encourage international unity
  • International Council for Innovation in Higher Education (ICIE)
    an international network of universities, administrators, scholars and organizations concerned with new developments in higher education; was founded in 1980 as the University Without Walls International Council (UWWIC)
  • International Council for Science (ICSU)
    a non-governmental organization representing a global membership that includes both national scientific bodies (103 members) and international scientific unions
  • International Council for Scientific and
    Technical Information (ICSTI)

    an organization serving to increase accessibility to and awareness of scientific and technical information
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
    a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research; in English and French
  • International Foundation for Science (IFS)
    an NGO based in Sweden providing support to developing country scientists to conduct, in a developing country, relevant and high quality research on the management, use, and conservation of biological resources and their environment
  • International Women in Science and Engineering (IWISE)
    works to enhance the status of women scientists and engineers from developing countries and emerging democracies and assist their efforts to improve conditions in their communities and countries; includes African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE) and European-Eurasian Network of Woman Scientists and Engineers (E-WISE)
  • South Centre
    an intergovernmental organization of the developing countries and as such, an instrument of South-South co-operation; a think tank which focuses on the principal challenges that developing countries face in the multilateral arena and in their national development; the Centre undertakes policy-oriented analytical work on issues of common interest to the countries and peoples of the South, within the broad areas of development, international economic relations and aspects of North-South relations
  • Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (SU/SSC)
    a program of the United Nations Development Programme that focuses on the execution and management of developmental activities and projects by institutions of developing countries in which they share one another's experience and technical capacities and utilize, whenever necessary, advice and financial support from external sources including organizations of the United Nations development system; a cost effective modality for South-South technical cooperation
  • Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (Kommission für Forschungspartnerschaften mit Entwicklungsländern, KFPE)
    the organization's overall aim is to contribute to sustainable development at the global level through research partnerships; in English, French and German
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    the main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States
  • Women in Global Science and Technology (WIGSAT)
    supports global networking on critical issues in science and technology for development
  • World Academy of Young Scientists (WAYS)
    "the permanent network of young researchers," established to be a forum for communicating the opinion of young scientists to decision-makers in science policy
  • World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO)
    aims to provide a voice for technological research and development, a global clearing-house for technological information, and an agency for promoting co-operation between research establishments from developed and developing countries
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    a specialized agency of the United Nations with 191 Member States, WHO promotes technical cooperation for health among nations, carries out programmes to control and eradicate disease and strives to improve the quality of human life; WHO has four main functions: to give worldwide guidance in the field of health, to set global standards for health, to cooperate with governments in strengthening national health programmes, and to develop and transfer appropriate health technology, information and standards; in English, French and Spanish
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Which act regionally

  • African Forum on Science and Technology for Development (AFSTD)
    established by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) to promote the application of science and technology for economic growth and poverty reduction
    the council for postgraduate students and junior researchers in Europe
  • European Science Foundation
    acts as a catalyst for the development of science by bringing together leading scientists and funding agencies to debate, plan and implement pan-European initiatives; in English and French
  • Ibero American Science & Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC)
    a a non-profit organization comprised of educational, research, industrial, and multilateral organizations throughout the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula that was established to foster scientific, engineering, and technology education, joint international research and development efforts among its members and to provide a cost-effective vehicle for the application and transfer of technology; in English, Portuguese and Spanish
  • International Association for the Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS)
    an independent international association formed by the European Community, European Union's Member States and like minded countries acting to preserve and promote the valuable scientific potential of the NIS partner countries through East-West Scientific cooperation
  • International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
    an international nonprofit organization specializing in education, independent media, Internet development and civil society programs in the U.S., Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa and Asia
  • Kabissa
    an organization whose mission is to help African civil society organizations put information and communication technologies to work for the benefit of the people they serve
  • Networks and Development Foundation (Fundación Redes y Desarrollo, FUNREDES)
    a non-governmental organization, dedicated to the dissemination of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in developing countries, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, in collaboration with international organizations, NGOs, the states, administrations and public or private institutions, with the objective of contributing to regional development and integration; in English, French and Spanish
  • Office of Education, Science and Technology - Organization of American States
    a division of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) created to support current efforts to increase human capital (educational, cultural, labor) and scientific and technological capacity of the member states in the framework of increased social cohesion and respect for cultural diversity; in English and Spanish
  • Organization of Iberoamerican States for Education, Science and Culture (Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos Para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura, OEI)
    an international governmental organization for the cooperation between the Latin American countries in the fields of education, science, technology and culture in the context of the integral development, democracy and regional integration; in Portuguese or Spanish
  • U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF)
    a nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting international scientific and technical collaboration, primarily between the United States and Eurasia, through grants, technical resources, and training; in English and Russian
  • United States - Mexico Foundation for Science (Fundación México-Estados Unidos para la Ciencia, FUMEC)
    a bi-national non governmental foundation whose mission is to foster innovative cooperation in science and technology that contributes to solving issues of bi-national interest; in English and Spanish
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International Scientific & Engineering Academies

Regional networks of academies

  • All European Academies (ALLEA): European Federation of National Academies of Sciences and Humanities
    federation of 52 academies of sciences and humanities in 39 European countries, whose member academies are self-governing communities of scientists and scholars
  • Association of Academies of Sciences in Asia (AASA)
    non-profit international organization of the Asian and Australasian region, comprising eighteen academies with science and technology interests; main objectives are to provide a forum for scientists and technologists to discuss and provide advice on issues related to science and technology, research and development, and the application of technology for national development
  • Comunidad Científica del Caribe (CCC)/Caribbean Scientific Union
    membership is open to established scientific academies in the region or scientific institutions with common interest in the case of a country without an academy and also to recognized international non-governmental scientific organizations
  • European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
    provides a means for the national Academies of Europe to work together to inject high quality science into EU policy-making
  • European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE)
    European non-profit-making organization of national Academies from nineteen European countries
  • Federation of Asian Scientific Academies (FASAS)
    promotes science and technology for the specific purpose of meeting the common developmental needs of the various countries in Asia
  • InterAcademy Council (IAC)
    established by the world's national scientific academies to make the best of the world's science available for such decision-making
  • Interacademy Panel on International Issues (IAP)
    global network of the world's science academies whose primary goal is to help member academies work together to advise citizens and public officials on the scientific aspects of critical global issues; particularly interested in assisting young and small academies achieve these goals
  • InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS)
    regional network of Academies of Sciences created to support scientific and technological development in the Americas by increased interaction among its Academies, searching for the strengthening of science as a tool for promoting development, prosperity and equity in the Hemisphere
  • International Association of Academies of Science (IAAS)
    international nongovernmental organization established to combine the efforts of the academies of sciences aimed at solving important scientific problems on a multilateral basis and to contribute to maintaining the historically established relations and developing new relations between scientists, to the free exchange of information between research workers of academies of sciences of various countries and solving the questions of raising their social status, to the interaction in training highly qualified scientific personnel and to the joint use of unique and expensive equipment
  • International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS)
    independent nonpolitical, non-governmental international organization of engineering and technological sciences academies
  • Network of Academies of Sciences in the countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (NASIC)
    non-governmental, non-political and non-profit scientific organization whose general objective is to encourage and enhance collaboration and cooperation amongst members of the network and the scientific communities within the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) countries
  • Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
    independent African forum that brings together the nine merit-based academies of science in the continent to discuss the scientific aspects of problems of common concern, to make common statements on major issues relevant to Africa and to provide mutual support to member academies
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Transnational academies

  • Academia de Ciencias de América Latina (ACAL)
    regional scientific academy based in Venezuela whose function is to promote and to contribute to the advance of mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth and life sciences and their applications in order to support the development and the integration of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Academia Europaea
    European, non-governmental association acting as an academy whose members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research
  • Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
    an autonomous international organization, founded in Trieste, Italy in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the South; TWAS represents the best of science in the developing world, and its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South
  • African Academy of Sciences
    an autonomous Africa-wide professional, non-political and non-profit making organization which addresses four principal areas: mobilization and strengthening of the African scientific community, publication and dissemination of scientific materials, research development and policy, and capacity building in science and technology
  • Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS)
    has over 150 members drawn from the agricultural, engineering, medical, natural and social sciences
  • Islamic Academy of Sciences (IAS)
    independent, non-political, non-governmental and non-profit making organization of distinguished scientists and technologists dedicated to the promotion of all aspects of science and technology in the Islamic world, for the benefit of mankind
  • Pacific Academy of Sciences (PAS)
    autonomous international organization founded in Sydney, Australia in 1997 as a bridge between Chinese and Pacific academics, scientists and engineers
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  • African Journals Online
    a database of African-published journals in a range of academic disciplines designed to give greater visibility to the participating journals and the research they convey; in English and French
  • African Publishers Network (APNET)
    a pan-African, non-profit network that brings together national publishers associations and publishing communities to strengthen indigenous publishing throughout Africa
  • Association of Learned and Professional
    Society Publishers (ALPSP)

    its mission is to serve, represent and strengthen the community of not-for-profit publishers and those who work with them to disseminate academic and professional information
  • Bioline International
    a not-for-profit electronic publishing service committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries
  • BioMed Central
    makes their online submission and peer-review technology available without charge to groups of scientists who wish to run open access, online journals under their own editorial control
  • Budapest Open Access Initiative
    arose from an Open Society Institute (OSI) meeting in Budapest in December 2001 that was convened to accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet; offers grants for institutional memberships to BioMed Central and Public Library of Science; in English, French, German and Russian
  • CrossRef: The Central Source for Reference Linking
    an independent membership association, founded and directed by publishers, operating a cross-publisher citation linking system that allows a researcher to click on a reference citation on one publisher’s platform and link directly to the cited content on another publisher’s platform, subject to the target publisher’s access control practices
  • Electronic Publishing Trust for Development
    established to facilitate open access to the world's scholarly literature and to support the electronic publication of reviewed bioscience journals from countries experiencing difficulties with traditional publication
  • German Medical Science
    has developed a web-based Manuscript Operating System (MOPS) that makes it possible for any interested specialist group to operate an own scientific publication organ free of charge
  • International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication
    a research and development organization devoted to the advancement of electronic scholarly communication which provides technological support, publication, and enhancement of scholarly journals and educational resources; ICAAP specializes in developing technology for the delivery of scholarly content
  • Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic (J-STAGE)
    an electronic journal site operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) that makes electronic journals issued by Japanese academic institutions available to the public via the Internet
    seeks to provide a comprehensive directory and catalogue of all scientific periodicals produced in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal and an index containing bibliographic material pertaining to the titles included in the catalogue; in English, Portuguese and Spanish
  • Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
    a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs; its services are used by more than 50,000 libraries around the world to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials
  • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources
    Coalition (SPARC)

    an alliance of academic and research libraries and organizations working to correct market dysfunction in the scholarly publishing system
  • Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)
    a model for cooperative electronic publishing of scientific journals on the Internet especially conceived to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean countries; provides an efficient way to assure universal visibility and accessibility to their scientific literature; in English, Portuguese and Spanish
  • Scientists for Health And Research for
    Development (SHARED)

    an organization whose objective is to share essential information on health research and development for developing countries; maintains a user-friendly, searchable database on health projects around the world; in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish
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  • Acceso
    a private, nonprofit technical assistance organization active throughout Central America providing training, technical assistance and other institution-building services for local, national, regional and international organizations
  • APC-Africa-Women
    a network of organizations and individuals that work to empower African women's organizations to access and use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for equality and development; in English and French
  • GNU Project
    repository of free software programs; in more than 35 different languages
  • ICT Volunteering Knowledge Base
    a resourced prepared for ICT volunteers working in developing countries; from the United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS)
  • International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) Directories
    three separate international directories of networks and organizations involved in: library/information/book development, access to healthcare information, and rural development
  • Open Science Project
    dedicated to writing and releasing free and Open Source scientific software
  • SourceForge.net
    development and download repository of Open Source code and applications
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  • Biology Browser
    free web site offering resources for the life sciences information community
  • Exalead
    http://www.exalead.com innovative search engine providing extra features such as geographic navigation and document type selection
  • INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
    a Web resource featuring well organized access to important university level research and educational tools on the Internet; the virtual library is notable for its collection of annotated and indexed links
  • International Search Engines
    a listing of search engines specific to certain countries/regions
  • my.OAI Search Engine
    a full-featured search engine to a selected list of metadata databases from the Open Archives Initiative project
  • OAIster
    searches free, useful, previously difficult-to-access digital resources
  • PubCrawler
    a free "alerting" service that scans daily updates to the NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases; keeps scientists informed of the current contents of Medline and GenBank by listing new database entries that match their research interests
  • Scirus
    "the most comprehensive science-specific search engine available on the Internet"; allows full-text searching of free access and commercially-available texts
  • SearchLight
    search publicly-available databases and other resources available to Internet users--all at the same time
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  • IDP Student Portal - Study in Australia (IDP)
    in Arabic, English, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese
  • Study in Australia
    http://studyinaustralia.gov.au/ (Flash 6 plug-in required)
    official Australian Government Web site for international students; in more than 20 languages
  • Austrian Exchange Service (Österreichischen Austauschdienst, ÖAD)
    in English and German
  • EduFrance
    in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese
New Zealand
South Africa
  • Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities
    brief outline of information on studying in Switzerland in English and Italian; more complete information available in French and German
The Netherlands
United Kingdom
United States
Multi-Country Resources
  • EastChance
    a site developed by Costin Uzun and Ovidiu Petreaca providing information about scholarships and grants specifically targeted to students from Central and Eastern Europe
  • International Funding Sources
    an extensive listing of fellowships and awards for studying/researching in many different countries compiled by the University of Iowa's Division of Sponsored Programs
  • Study Abroad 2000+
    UNESCO international guide to higher-education study opportunities and scholarships offered by higher education institutions and international organizations in more than 100 countries; in English, French and Spanish (NOTE: very large pdf file containing the entire 640-page directory)
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  • Connexions
    contains educational materials on a variety of topics organized in small modules and larger courses; this site also provides an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web
  • Internet Guide
    a site that includes a comprehensive glossary of terms with additional features such as a discussion forum for answering questions
  • ItrainOnline
    a joint initiative of seven organizations with expertise in computer and Internet training in the South; contains a selection of the best and most relevant computer and training resources for development and social change; in English, French and Spanish; smaller sets of resources listed in Albanian, Bosnian, Czech, Hungarian, Portuguese and Serbian
  • Japan OpenCourseWare (OCW) Alliance
    free online access to the content of courses from Osaka University, Kyoto University, Keio University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, University of Tokyo and Waseda University
  • JHSPH OpenCourseWare
    OpenCourseWare (OCW) project from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health providing access to content of the School's most popular courses
  • Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
    a continually growing, freely available catalog of online learning materials, peer reviews, learning assignments and user comments, organized by discipline into specific communities and created to help faculty enhance their instruction
  • MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)
    provides on the Web the course materials that are used in the teaching of MIT's courses free of charge to any user anywhere in the world
  • Net.TUTOR
    a guide with tutorials to explain the Internet
  • RDN Virtual Training Suite
    a set of online tutorials designed to help students, lecturers and researchers improve their Internet literacy and information technology skills
  • SciDev.Net's "How Do I?" Archives
    short guides to many skills for scientific researchers, including writing scientific papers, applying for research grants, and submitting papers to scientific journals
  • Utah State University's (USU) OpenCourseWare
    open access to materials used in a variety of USU courses
  • World Lecture Hall
    free online university-level course materials on a wide variety of topics
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  • Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainability
    seeks to facilitate information exchange and discussion among the growing and diverse group of individuals, institutions, and networks engaged in the field of science and technology for sustainability; part of the Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability
  • Omniglot's list of free online translators
    Lists several sites providing free multilingual and bilingual online translation

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