An inspiring environment for life sciences and biomedical research
As one of the largest hubs of life sciences research in the south of Europe, the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) aims to provide an environment that supports all scientists to do excellent research. We proud ourselves on being a diverse community, and one that strives to promote equal opportunities for everyone to develop professionally and academically, and to achieve a good work-life balance and well-being.
In order to improve gender equality at the PRBB, several actions have taken place, and continue to be developed. Each of the PRBB centres have specific initiatives, such as mentoring, gender bias training, or gender-sensitive recruitment guidelines.
PRBB Gender Equality Committee
With members from all six centres at the park, the committee is in charge of catalysing the development of cross-institute initiatives and activities to raise awareness and promote a real equal opportunities environment in the whole park.
IBE: Rosa Fernández
IMIM: Laia Rabal and Vicky Puig
ISGlobal: Gemma Perelló
CRG: Natalia Dave
UPF: Andrés Ozaita and Regina López
EMBL: Kristzina Arató
PRBB and chair: Maruxa Martínez
The PRBB is constantly looking to improve the facilities and resources available to facilitate that everyone can do their job and feel as comfortable as possible. Here are some examples:
The PRBB provides nursing mothers with a comfortable, private and safe place to pump breast milk or feed their babies. This lactation room is open to use by any member of staff of the PRBB or its centres (IMIM, DCEXS-UPF, CRG, ISGlobal, IBE, EMBL), as well as to anyone participating in an event organized at the park.
The lactation room can be locked and it has a comfy sofa, a small table and a chair. There is also access to an electrical outlet. Although there is no sink, the room is just adjacent to a toilet that can be used to wash hands, pumps, and any necessary recipients.
Please note that the room does not contain a fridge/freezer, so no milk can be left in the room after you have used it.
The room is located on the ground floor (room 073.04), in the hall between the Marie Curie and Charles Darwin seminar rooms. The key is available from the Floor 0 reception.
Although the PRBB does not have any dedicated in-house spaces for childcare, it has reached agreements with two of the local nurseries, which are within walking distance (10 min). In both cases, staff from the PRBB and its centres, as well as people attending events at the park, can enjoy a discount on their usual fees.
To improve inclusiveness, in addition to male- and female-specific toilets the PRBB currently has mixed toilets on each of the floors of the building, for the benefit of those who do not identify themselves with a particular genre.
We expect that all conferences taking place at the PRBB are inclusive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, physical appearance, nationality or religion. Therefore, no form of harassment will be tolerated in the building. To that matter, it is recommended for conferences to include a Code Of Conduct.
We would also urge conference organisers to strive to achieve the best possible gender balance regarding invited speakers. For example, at least 30% female speakers or panelists should usually be considered a minimum.
The PRBB Gender Equality Committee has developed a series of free resources with the aim of increasing visibility of female scientists and encouraging all young children (regardless of gender, ethnicity, etc,) to pursue a scientific career. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to use any of them, or for more information.
“Who is who” game (presentation and cards to print out)
Unconscious bias roll-up
Powerpoint presentation for primary schools
Links of interest
Recruitment bias in research institutes (video, CERCA)
From microaggressions to sexual harassment (video, CERCA)
Diversity in science (Royal Society)
Diversity and inclusion (Wellcome Trust)
Women in Science (EMBO)
Gender equity: Continuing the Conversation on Gender Equity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
aKIDemiclife: empowering parents to navigate live and academia
Mothers in science: supporting mothers, empoweing women
STEM-fatal: Taking action towards Gender Equality in leadership positions (Austria)
Articles about gender in research (UPF Igualtat)