Website Privacy Notice

UNESCO-TWAS is committed to protecting personal data in line with its Principles on Personal Data Protection and Privacy.

This Privacy Notice explains how UNESCO-TWAS uses the personal data we collect from you when you use


What data do we collect?

UNESCO-TWAS collects the following data:

  • Personal identification data you directly provide: Name, email address, phone number, postal address, function/position, organization, country of residence and other relevant information depending on the context.
  • Personal identification data provided by TWAS Fellows and Young Affiliates only: Nationality, country of residence, address, gender, date of birth, place of birth, photo, photo credits, position, affiliation, phone, URL of personal website or social media handles, keywords, biodata, involvement with SDGs, CV and list of publications.
  • Data generated by your activity: Log information such as Internet protocol (IP) address, navigation behaviour through the website, device and software used, the time/date/duration of your visit, and other similar information and parameters related to your operating system and computer environment.

How do we collect your data?

We collect data and process data when you:

  • Register for events, subscribe to newsletters or make a donation.
  • Voluntarily complete a survey or provide feedback on any of our message boards or via email.
  • Use or view our website via your browser's cookies.

How will we use your data?

UNESCO-TWAS collects your data for:

  • Providing the services or information you have requested, including processing the registration and managing the account of TWAS Members and Young Affiliates.
  • Email you with information on other events and services we think you might like.
  • Statistical purposes and website traffic analysis.
  • Being delivered more relevant ads and marketing on third party websites and applications

In some circumstances we make part of your data available outside UNESCO-TWAS, such as for:

  • Analytics: We use third-party services Google Analytics, USA
  • Email communications: We use third party services Sendinblue, France
  • Advertising and marketing: We use third party services Meta Platforms, USA
  • Payment processing: We use a third-party services PayPal, USA

When UNESCO-TWAS processes your donation, it may send your data to, and also use the resulting information from, credit reference agencies to prevent fraudulent purchases.

How do we store your data?

UNESCO-TWAS securely stores your data at our data centers in Europe. Your data will not be published for general access, unless you are a TWAS Fellow, or a current or former TWAS Young Affiliate, nor disclosed or sold to third parties. UNESCO-TWAS, however, assumes no responsibility for the security of this information.

We keep personal data for as long as necessary for the purposes described in this privacy notice, in accordance with our applicable records retention and disposition schedules.

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information. When you visit our websites, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology. For further information, visit

How do we use cookies?

UNESCO-TWAS uses cookies in a range of ways to improve your experience on our website, including:

  • Keeping you signed in
  • Understanding how you use our website

What types of cookies do we use?

There are a number of different types of cookies, however, our website uses:

  • Functionality – UNESCO-TWAS uses these cookies so that we recognize you on our website and remember your previously selected preferences. These could include what language you prefer and location you are in. A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used.
  • Advertising – The Meta Pixel is a piece of code that allows us to understand the actions that people take on our website. Tracked actions can be used to measure the effectiveness of our advertising and define custom audiences for ad targeting.

UNESCO-TWAS websites use the following cookies:

Cookie name

Cookie type



Consequences of disabling


Technical cookie

To disable the TWAS Plus popup window after the first view.

2 months

TWAS Plus popup window will be displayed on every new page load.


Technical cookie

Session cookie for logged in users

23 days

Cannot log in.


Technical cookie

To store user interface preferences when logged in.

100 years

Some interface preferences will not be available to logged in users.


Technical cookie

To adapt the weigth of the website's images to your browser's resolution.


Images will be unnecessarily heavy.


Technical cookie

To record whether your browser has JavaScript enabled.


Many parts of the website will not be available.


Technical cookie

Records acceptance of Cookie Policy

1 year

Cookie banner will be displayed on every new page load.


Technical cookie

Allows tables on website pages

1 year

Disabling will cause issues in the display of tables.

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Technical cookies Google Analytics is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web for helping the website manager to understand how users use the site and how he can improve their experience. These cookies may track things such as how long users spend on the site and the pages that they visit so that we can continue to produce engaging content. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page. Persistent TWAS will not be able to include your navigation data in web traffic statistics.
metrics_token Social widget Twitter cookies allow TWAS's Tweets to be displayed on the website. Persistent You will not be able to view TWAS's tweets embedded in
APISID, GEUP, HSID, LOGIN_INFO, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SSID, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, YSC Technical cookies YouTube cookies allow YouTube videos to be displayed on the website. Persistent You will not be able to view viideos from TWAS's YouTube channel embedded in
_fbp, _fbc Marketing cookie Meta Pixel cookie that allows to show posts and ads that are more relevant to you Persistent You will be displayed  generic content and ads instead of targeted ones.

How to manage cookies

You can set your browser not to accept cookies, and the above website tells you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases, some of our website features may not function as a result.

Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. Our Privacy Notice applies only to our website. For example, we link to our accounts on a number of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or content on third-party websites and encourage you to read the privacy notices of other websites you visit.

Changes to our Privacy Notice

We will revise or update this Notice if our practices change, or as we develop better ways to keep you informed about them. Please refer back to this page often for the latest information and the effective date of any changes. If we decide to change this Notice, we will post a new Notice on our website and change the date at the bottom. Changes to the Notice shall not apply retroactively.

How to contact us

You may request access to your personal data in order to verify its accuracy and may request correction. To do so in connection with your use of this website please contact

For any other questions regarding the processing of your personal data, contact the Data Protection and Privacy Officer at

TWAS Online Forms

The Privacy Notice of the TWAS Online Forms system, that explains how UNESCO-TWAS uses the personal data we collect from you when you use is available here.

Updates to this Privacy Notice

Updated: 16/03/2023