The Trace Element Institute for UNESCO and its network of satellite centers seek to promote:
- Analytical chemistry
- Geo-environmental studies - the influence of the ecosystem: industrialised countries versus developing countries
- Scientific co-operation to reduce avoidable ill-health
- Sustainable development
The development of science education in the field of trace elements is interdisciplinary including chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, genetics, epidemiology, therapeutics and also nutrition, agronomy and veterinary sciences.
UNESCO's Central Institute for Trace Element Research is located in in the South of Lyon, France.