On 9th December, 2014, IRB Barcelona was 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.
IRB Barcelona upholds the importance of working on the alignment between its policies/practices and The European Charter of Researchers and The Code of Conduct adopted by European Commission. These two documents, addressed to researchers as well as to employers and funders in both the public and private sectors, are key elements in the European Union's policy to make research an attractive career, which is a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.
In this regard, IRB Barcelona expressed its explicit commitment and adhesion to the Charter & Code in January 2012 and has been working on putting the Charter & Code principles into practice to gain the Human Resources Excellence in Research logo from the European Commission. By meeting this challenge, IRB Barcelona believes that researchers will be able to focus on their career development and increase their employability and career advancement. This recognition of excellence will also contribute to binomial Recruitment/Retention and increase awareness of legal obligations and rights.
In January 2014, a working group involving key institutional stakeholders was set up to study the alignment of IRB Barcelona with the principles of the Charter & Code. The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) was the tool for the working group to put the principles of the Charter & Code into practice. This strategy follows 5 steps: gap analysis, action plan, reviewed and acknowledged by the European Commission, self-assessment after 2 years, and external evaluation at least every 4 years.
IRB Barcelona’s Action Plan was adopted by consensus in May 2014 by the members of the working group and the Directorate and was approved by the Internal Scientific Committee (ISC) on 2 June 2014. The strategic lines of action are outlined below:
- Promote the ethics and freedom of research, thus contributing to a better work environment, and ensure that society directly benefits from the research performed at IRB Barcelona.
- Formalise, through the drawing up a Code of Conduct, the following ethical and professional aspects: research of freedom, ethical principles, professional responsibility and attitude, and good practices.
- To draw up a Conflict of Interests Policy to regulate issues related to financial interests arising from research.
- Reinforce the dissemination of key recruitment documents.
- Draw up a Recruitment Policy.
- Improve current documents regarding recruitment by integrating the principles set out in the Charter & Code.
- Intensify career advice given to researchers in order to support the continuity of their careers.
- Promote mobility by launching “mobility programmes” and by reinforcing information.
- Establish the value of co-authorship thorough a proper means.
- State the regulations governing the relationship between PhD students and Group Leaders, including supervision and duties, in the Code of Conduct of the Institute.
Here is a list of all the awarded institutions.