In a world where the contribution of knowledge has become a major factor in the progress of civilization, it is important that the nation’s Life Sciences schools participate in the education and preparation of nation’s future Life Sciences leaders.
Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center (LSIPEC) specialized in Biophysics, Neuroscience, Environmental Science, Biotechnology, Pain Study and Management and Biomedical Engineering, is approved by UNESCO Director General Mr. Federico Mayor as UNESCO CHAIR IN LIFE SCIENCES in 1997.
At present, developing countries face common biotechnological and environmental health problems that can only be solved through joining efforts aimed at improving research and education in biophysics, which serves as a key discipline for promotion of modern Life Sciences, namely biotechnology and environmental health.
However, research and education potential of an individual is not sufficient to prepare science leaders for modern demands. So, according to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goals and Targets (2016) one of the priorities of UNESCO is to assist countries in developing their national science system, in strengthening university education, particularly through the integration of research and education, and improving the quality of science teaching, including e-learning. For this purpose in 2018 Director General of UNESCO Ms. Audrey Azoulay has approved the establishment of “UNESCO/UNITWIN Interregional Network on PhD Education and Research in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health” coordinated by UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center (LSIPEC) (Armenia). As number of leading universities are involved in the Network, we give student possibility to receive modern level education, partly performing supporting courses in home country university, which preserves national research and educational heritage of home country. Using modern technological possibilities we do our best to make education available for even citizens from low income countries.
As the project involves institutions from the countries located in geographical regions with ethnic conflicts and gender problems, the Network will be a step towards solving these problems and will serve as a powerful tool for building peace.
I invite you to explore our website to learn more about the Network and wide possibility to be aware of modern knowledge of Life Sciences. If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact my office by telephone  (374 10) 62 41 70 or  e-mail at info@biophys.am, life@biophys.am. We also invite you to visit LSIPEC to learn more about this unique, vibrant and evolving institution of research and education, as LSIPEC is committed to diversity and inclusion; we seek to ensure a learning environment in which all students and staff – regardless of gender, sexuality, economic background, religion, race, ethnicity, or disability – feel they are a part of an intellectual community and thrive in their work.

Prof. Sinerik N. Ayrapetyan
Head of UNESCO Chair in Life Sciences
Coordinator of UNESCO/UNITWIN Interregional Network on PhD Education and Research in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health