Who we are
The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) was established in Moscow by international agreement in November 1992 as a nonproliferation program. ISTC coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international organizations, and private sector industries, providing former weapons scientists (FWS) from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with new opportunities for sustainable, peaceful employment. The current Parties to ISTC are the United States, the European Union, Japan, Norway and South Korea (funding Parties), as well as Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. ISTC activities fall in two broad categories: research projects, which employ FWS in the development of new science and technology (S&T), and Supplemental Programs, which include workshops and other events to integrate FWS in the global S&T and industrial communities; training. In the 20 years ISTC has been active over 70,000 former weapons scientists in more than 760 research institutes spread across CIS and Georgia have been engaged in ISTC projects and activities.