Building BIST as a stimulating and supportive working environment

We aim to attract, retain, and develop the brightest researchers and professionals by providing career development activities that meet their needs at all stages of their professional growth.

BIST understands the need to support the different professional careers to help its teams reach a level of international excellence. We follow the recommendations of the European Charter for Researchers and code of conduct assuming that mobility is inherent in a research career. We are therefore empowering our researchers with the capacities that enable them to work with other research centers in different cultural environments, and to address projects that combine different disciplines or explore business development opportunities related to their research results. We are committed to a global citizen, a global researcher.

To achieve these goals we have developed activities oriented to:

• Mentoring the careers of our researchers
• Making our researchers active participants of the BIST community
• Improving the skills and abilities of our scientists
• Creating an innovative and permeable relationship with the industrial sector

Specifically, BIST supports the talent activities of our seven research centres (CRG, IBECICFO, ICIQ, ICN2, IFAE, and IRB Barcelona) and also provides additional resources to the members of the BIST community such as a full membership to VITAE, a platform for supporting the professional development of researchers.

Some of the BIST talent activities include:

To the mothers of science

BIST supports women scientists who have the ambition and potential to reach a leading position in research and are fulfilling maternity responsibilities at the same time.

BIST Colloquium Series

Lectures and discussions with international researchers, providing broad exposure to multidisciplinary research

BIST Postdoc Day

This event brings together every two years BIST postdocs to talk about research careers and learn from scientists that have become entrepreneurs or group leaders

Online resources

From the BIST Career Webinar videos to webs and blogs to improve your transversal skills. You will find here a wide catalogue of resources to help you develop your career.

How to suceed in your PhD [I]

An interactive and intensive two-day course designed to increase the effectiveness and meet the challenges of 1st year PhD students.

How to succeed in your PhD [II]

A three day interactive training and development programme for later year PhD students that provides participants with transferable skills and tools to take charge of their own careers

Leadership in Action course for Postdoctoral Fellows

A three day interactive programme that offers BIST postdocs the opportunity to develop important skills for successful self-management to progress in their professional career

BIST Career Workshop

This two day workshop, aimed at BIST PhD students and postdocs, offers its participants tools to explore and access to professional careers beyond Academia.

Leadership skills for Senior and Junior GL

BIST offers courses for Senior and Junior Group Leaders to improve their leadership skills, including how leading teams, managing time, setting goals, motivating coworkers, and dealing with conflicts.

VITAE online resource

BIST offers its entire community a full membership to VITAE, a platform for supporting the professional development of researchers

BIST centres

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees