Quick facts

Human Resources Excellence in Research

IRB Barcelona has been awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" logo. This recognition reflects the commitment of the Institute to continuously improving its human resources policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The award confirms the efforts of the Institute to ensure fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures. Click here for more information.

International leaders in research

IRB Barcelona is home to nearly 450 research, technical and support staff from 35 countries who share the common goal of contributing to the advancement of the biomedical sciences through investigator–driven research, and improving quality of life by applying advances in this field.

Convergence of disciplines

The convergence of biology, chemistry, and structural and computational biology is unique at IRB Barcelona and opens a strategic window to gain insight into basic molecular processes in health and disease.

Our multidisciplinary science

Research is conducted by 23 groups organized into 5 interdisciplinary programmes. Each programme includes a diverse faculty of researchers with overlapping scientific interests. The research areas have been structured to be highly interactive, fostering multidisciplinarity by combining modern molecular biology, classical genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, advanced microscopy, and genomic and proteomic approaches.

Our governing body

Our Board of Trustees comprises members of the Catalan Government (from the Department of Economy and Competitivity and the Department of Health), the University of Barcelona, a representative from the BBVA Foundation as well as internationally renowned scientists.

A unique setting

IRB Barcelona is housed within the Barcelona Science Park on the University of Barcelona Pedralbes Campus. It is an integral part of the ‘Bioregion of Catalonia’, a rich landscape of research centres of excellence, universities, science parks, hospitals, scientific infrastructures and pharmaceutical companies, all with a focus on the life sciences. It is a member of the CERCA network of government research centres.

Excellence ensured by evaluation

Our External Advisory Board, comprised of leading international researchers in biomedicine, meets regularly to help shape and evaluate IRB Barcelona’s institutional and scientific strategy. The Board evaluates periodically our research groups following international standards.

Optimising technology transfer

A Business Advisory Board of experts from pharma, venture capital and academia also contributes to identify the best strategies to transfer IRB Barcelona research results into real value for industry and society and detect business opportunities.