2020 BIST Conference

Building a sustainable world together

Roundtable: How to Engage Research Institutes in Sustainable Research

October 28, 2020 | 16:30h – 18:00h | Online

This session focuses on the issue of sustainability in the day-to-day activity and management of research institutes. The objective is to compile and disseminate best practices and share the challenges research organisations face in this area. So called ‘sustainable research’ seeks answers for many interesting issues, such as waste management, recovery and reuse of materials, energy savings, reduction of water, plastics and paper consumption, etc. The session will also feature examples of solutions from within and outside the BIST Community.


Xavier Gabarrell

Director of the ICTA-UAB

Dr. Gabarrell holds a doctorate in biotechnology from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is the head of the research group on sustainability and environmental protection at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB). His research over the past 15 years has focused on environmental biotechnology as well as industrial ecology, urban sustainability indicators, sustainability, environmental protection, waste management, and environmental assessments. He has published more than 140 articles in indexed journals.


Donate Weghorn

Group Leader (CRG)

Donate Weghorn received her undergraduate education at the University of Bonn, Germany, in Physics. She went on to pursue her PhD at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany. She then continued as a postdoc at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. Since October 2018, Donate is the head of the research group “Evolutionary Processes Modeling” at the CRG in Barcelona.

Teresa Sanchís

Head of Strategic Initiatives (IBEC)

Dr. Sanchis is the Head of Strategic Initiatives at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). Her unit fosters and coordinates institutional and strategic projects such as Severo Ochoa, EIT Health, and institutional networks including NanoMed Spain, international alliances and partnerships, and the academic and scientific activities of the institute.

Marta Ventosa

PhD Student (ICIQ)

Marta grew up in the Mediterranean town of Tarragona. She had a break from Tarragona’s quietness to complete a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona. By the end of her degree, she did a summer internship in Boston and her bachelor thesis in The Netherlands. Not north enough, she completed her MSc in green and sustainable chemistry in Denmark, which is pushing towards sustainability and carbon neutrality. Nowadays she is pursuing a PhD in inorganic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Llobet at ICIQ, with the aim of achieving devices for the photoproduction of hydrogen from water and sunlight. For further impact/outreach, she has been combining her entire academic career with several environmental volunteering projects. Currently, she is the spokesperson and active volunteer at Greenpeace Tarragona and one of the drivers of Green ICIQ.

Andrea Bonaccini

PhD Student (ICN2)

Andrea Bonaccini is a doctoral student in the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group under the supervision of Dr. Jose Antonio Garrido. The group focuses on the material sciences and technology aspects of novel electronic materials, with a strong emphasis on carbon materials, such as graphene, as well as other 2D materials. The group works towards the development of technological applications based on these materials in electronics, bioelectronics and biosensing, and energy storage and conversion, among others.

Gonzalo Merino

Director of PIC (part of IFAE)

Gonzalo Merino is the Director of Port d’Informació Científica (PIC), a scientific-technological centre specialised in massive scientific data processing which is part of IFAE. With 70 petabytes of data coming in and out every year, PIC is one of the busiest nodes of the academic network in the country. It provides data preservation and analysis services for experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the MAGIC telescopes at the Observatory Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma, and the Euclid ESA satellite mission. From 2013 to 2018 he was at the University of Wisconsin Madison, managing the computing for the IceCube Neutrino telescope located at the South Pole. Gonzalo did a PhD in Physics at the UAB analyzing ALEPH data, one of the four experiments at LEP, the former particle collider at CERN.

Tiago Botelho

Industrial Liaison Officer (IRB Barcelona)

Tiago Botelho aims to contribute to a better world through innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Industrial Liaison Officer at IRB Barcelona, being responsible for the business development activities, creating strong public-private partnerships. Tiago is also a member of IRB Barcelona’s Eco-Friendly Group, a group working on reducing the ecological footprint of IRB Barcelona.

Before joining the Innovation department at IRB Barcelona, he worked for a biotech start-up and two market consulting companies. He holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona and from the Gulbenkian PhD Programme in Biomedicine (Portugal), complemented with training from various top business schools.

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Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees