The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology is a scientific foundation of seven of Catalonia’s research centres of excellence. Its main objective is to build new scientific collaborations among these centres, thus giving impulse to multidisciplinary projects to push ever further the frontiers of knowledge. Each BIST centre has reached a high level of excellence in its respective areas of expertise.

Its scientific community is made up of members of the participating research centres:

Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)

Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE)

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)

Our mission is to promote excellent research in a multidisciplinary environment. We are committed to the development and training of scientists to maximize science impact in society.

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology’s aims are:

1. To consolidate excellent multidisciplinary research across the BIST community.

2. To develop world class postgraduate education and training.

3. To build BIST as a stimulating and supportive working environment.

4. To boost the scientific, economic and social impact of research.

Since we believe societal challenges need to be addressed from a multidisciplinary approach, BIST aims to become an international reference in excellent research through the right combination of approaches, and to improve Catalonia’s competitive position in the global scientific context.

Board of Trustees


Prof Andreu Mas-Colell


Mr Antoni Vila,

CEO of “la Caixa” Foundation


Dr Eduard Vallory


Prof Ignacio Cirac,

Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics

Prof Joan Massagué,

Sloan Kettering Institute

Prof Miquel Salmeron,

University of California- Berkeley

Prof Sergi Verdú

Prof Sylvia Daunert,

Nanotech Institute of the University of Miami

Prof M. Carme Calderer,

University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Prof Rolf Tarrach,

European University Association


Dr Miquel Molins,

Chairman of the Banc Sabadell Foundation

Mr Germán Ramón-Cortés,

Chairman of Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation

Mr David Nogareda,

Femcat Businessmen Foundation


Prof Luís Serrano,

Director of CRG

Prof Josep Samitier,

Director of IBEC

Prof Miquel Àngel Pericàs,

Director of ICIQ

Prof Pablo Ordejón,

Director of ICN2

Prof Lluís Torner,

Director of ICFO

Prof Ramon Miquel,

Director of IFAE

Prof Francesc Posas Garriga,

Director of IRB Barcelona


Hble. Sra. Àngels Chacón,

Minister of Business and Knowledge, Government of Catalonia

Director General

Gabby Silberman

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees