Public Engagement

Escape Room

During the weekends of June and July 2019, IRB Barcelona organised an escape room in one of its laboratories. 127 participants in 13 teams visited the Escape Room ‘The #MetastasisChallenge – against the clock’ and collected €1300 for IRB Barcelona’s campaign #MetastasisChallenge, which means to raise €5 M for research into this disease.

Open Day

IRB Barcelona opens its doors to welcome visitors of all ages to go behind the scenes and get a taste of what science and biomedicine is all about. If you are curious about science and you also want to meet our researchers in action, IRB Barcelona's Open Day is a great opportunity to come and experience scientific research for yourself.

Festa de la Ciència

IRB Barcelona participates in an annual science fair held in the Parc de la Ciutadella. Through more than 200 entertaining activities, practising scientists lead participants, allowing them to explore and discover the world-class research being done in Catalonia.

Fira de Recerca en Directe

A science fair organised in April in a Barcelona venue that showcases the latest research being done in several of the city’s foremost research institutes. IRB Barcelona participates each year with a group of 2-3 researchers.


A three-year collaboration between IRB Barcelona and a local primary school, that aims to boost academic results and social cohesion by bringing biomedicine into the school curriculum. The Escoles Tàndem Programme is organised in collaboration with the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera.

Descobreix la recerca

A biweekly research activity that brings science closer to primary school students through guided tours and active participation in experiments.

Crazy About Biomedicine

This flagship year-long mentoring programme brings 24 secondary school students in their first year of baccalaureate into the lab for hands-on learning. Theoretical and practical sessions about state-of-the-art research and methodologies in biomedicine are led by IRB Barcelona researchers, with a goal to fostering passion and promoting scientific vocation among young talent.


IRB Barcelona is a partner in this innovative project, which is run by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera and aims to connect passionate secondary school students throughout he world with leading scientific researchers.

Fes Recerca

A series of weekly hands-on workshops for students and the general public. Sessions are held several times throughout the year in the Open Lab at Barcelona Science Park and in Barcelona’s iconic “Pedrera” building.


This programme gives secondary school students the opportunity to do their science projects ("Treball de Recerca") under the tutelage of an IRB Barcelona researcher.

Choose your own SCIENTIFIC adventure!

"Choose your own SCIENTIFIC adventure" is a gamified activity aimed at students in the last years of secondary school (especially 4th ESO and also Baccalaureate) to convey how biomedical research is done. Moving beyond the classical concepts of the school curriculum, we delve into the most procedural and epistemological part of research: how scientists acquire new knowledge, what questions they ask, how they answer them, what limiting factors they encounter, etc.

Hands-on Teachers Workshops

IRB Barcelona organises regular science training workshops for secondary school teachers, bringing them into the lab to investigate some of the current questions our researchers are tackling in molecular medicine and to get a hands-on look at the methodologies they use. Scientists and teachers work together to develop and refine materials and resources to take back to the classroom.

Artist in Residence



IRB Barcelona's Artist in Residence programme aims to connect artists with an interest in interdisciplinary science to the wide range of research, scientists, data and infrastructure available at the Institute. It provides a unique opportunity for artists to


immerse themselves in the IRB Barcelona community for a free exchange of ideas in order to explore, learn, and form direct relationships with our scientists and stakeholders. Its goal is to provide time and space for reflection and inspiration from both sides.


Public engagement media mentions & news

Anna Rierola (Barcelona, 1969) was the first Artist in Residence at IRB Barcelona, which has been promoting the dialogue between art and science for the last five years. It was precisely at IRB Barcelona that the artwork on show at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site took shape.

On 15 December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February International Day of Women and Girls in Science with the aim to foster the organisation of educational and awareness-raising activities to achieve greater participation and progress for women and girls in science.

<p>Meritxell Teixidó, researcher at Design, Synthesis and Peptide and Protein Structure Lab at IRB Barcelona</p>

The programme Eth Maitin d’Aran, broadcasted by Catalunya Ràdio, has interviewed Meritxell Teixidó, research associate with the Design, Synthesis and Peptide and Protein Structure Lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

<p>Image of the opening concert to mark the International Year of the Periodic Table.</p>

Who says that science is boring? What about chemistry? For some people, such as Ernest Giralt, group leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine(IRB Barcelona) and emeritus professor of Organic Chemistry at the UB, the periodic table sounds like music.


<p>Muriel Arimon</p>
Muriel Arimon
Public Engagement and Science Education Officer
Tel: +34 93 40 20413