GLACIER – German-Latin American Centre of Infection & Epidemiology Research & Training is a large network encompassing 18 higher education institutions, research institutes and public stakeholders from eight Latin American countries as well as eight higher education institutions from Germany. GLACIER represents the fusion of the Berlin-led pandemiology, and the Halle-led research on immunology and bioactive compounds research. The consortium encompasses Latin American countries and higher education institutions and is synergistic in research and training efforts.


In close partnership with scientific institutions in Mexico, Cuba and Central America, the health centre follows a holistic “One Health” approach. Various disciplines – from virology to vaccine and drug research to social sciences – work together in close cooperation with national and international institutions involved in preventive health care and pandemic control. In total 35 partners in eight countries and five additional expert groups from Germany are involved in the centre.


The GLACIER multidisciplinary consortium aims to strengthen the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases and the development of new vaccines and therapies. It also aims to improve crisis preparedness, response and post-crisis care. GLACIER is operated under the joint leadership of the the Institute of Virology at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Institute of Medical Immunology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in association with the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB). Central partner institutions in Central America are the region’s leading universities, the University of Havana (UH) and the Independent National University of Mexico (UNAM), each of which will host central research and training laboratories. The international and transdisciplinary dimension of pandemic preparedness and response will also be strengthened by 35 partners in a total of 8 Central American countries and five additional expert groups from Germany. GLACIER aims to work towards strengthening capacities in the Latin American region by (i) serving as a think tank supporting a multidisciplinary network of institutions in 8 Central American countries, (ii) helping to build local research capacity, (iii) increasing the number of well-trained experts/scientists and trainers, and (iv) engaging regional and international policy makers, enabling information dissemination and faster regional crisis response.

Key Actions

  • Development of a One Health Summer School
  • Establishment of real laboratories in Mexico and Cuba
  • Doctoral and research residencies and bilateral doctoral programs
  • Establishment of a database tool for surveillance and bioactives
  • Development of a seminar series on interdisciplinary approaches to the treatment and control of infectious diseases
  • Development of teaching modules on anti-infective treatment strategies and bio-social analysis of infectious diseases


Funding: financed by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office

The German Academic Exchange Service has launched a programme to fund eight interdisciplinary ‘Global Centres’ to tackle challenges around the world. Four centres will conduct research into climate issues and another four will research and teach on healthcare issues and pandemics. The German Federal Foreign Office is providing funding of some 22 million Euros up to 2025 to help establish these centres.


DAAD: https://www.daad.de/en/
AA: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en

Consortium members / Project partners



Further partners

  • Autonomous National University of Nicaragua (UNAN)BioCubaFarma, Cuba
  • Distance State University (DSU), Costa Rica
  • INCIDE Foundation Innovation Office, Mexico
  • Institute Gorgas (IG), Panamá
  • Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT), Panamá
  • Institute of Technology (IOT), Costa Rica
  • Microbiology Laboratory of the National Institute of Cardiology (NIC), Mexico
  • National Autonomous University of Honduras
  • National University of Costa Rica (NUCR)
  • Panama University
  • San Carlos University (SCU), Guatemala
  • University of Costa Rica (UCR)
  • University of El Salvador (UES)