The IGC is a research institute devoted to biological and biomedical research and to graduate training. Excellence, originality, communication, cooperation and generosity, coupled with an outstanding infrastructure are essential ingredients that make IGC a special place to be.
Established by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 1961, and still supported by the foundation, the IGC was restructured in 1998 to form the institute as it stands today. Small independent research groups work in an environment designed to encourage interactions and exploit synergies, with minimal hierarchical structure. The scientific programme of the IGC is multidisciplinary, including Cell and Developmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Immunology, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Disease Genetics, Plant Biology, Neurosciences, Theoretical and Computational Biology.
The IGC embraces five missions: 1) to promote multidisciplinary science of excellence in basic biological and biomedical research; 2) to identify, educate and incubate new research leaders, providing state-of-the-art facilities and full financial and intellectual autonomy; 3) to provide international graduate teaching and structured training programmes; 4) to improve the transfer of research expertise into developments that are of potential interest beyond basic science; and 5) to promote the values of science in society.