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 centres 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:


The BIST psychological support programme to provide researchers and supporting staff in the BIST community with training and tools to help them develop their professional careers with better mental health.

BIST Mentoring Programme

The BIST Mentoring Programme is an eight-month initiative with professional training for both mentors and mentees that will build invaluable professional relationships and promote scientific talent.

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 Future Leaders Forum

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

Mosaic – BIST Training Catalogue

Led by the People Working Group, the Career Development Programme offers an array of courses and activities to help researchers succeed in different phases of their careers.

BIST Career Week

The Career Week is an event open to all the membres of the BIST community, but especially to those that are planning their next career steps (PhD students and postdocs).

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.

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