Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

At the ICMAB we are clearly aware that any activity carried out at the ICMAB should be conducted by adhering to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles, namely: i. Governance to prevent harmful or unethical developments of our research and innovation. ii. Open Access to research results and publications to boost innovation and increase the use of scientific results. iii. Ethics to respect ethical standards and fundamental rights in response to societal challenges. iv. Gender equality, and in a wider sense, diversity in research teams and topics. v. Public Engagement of all societal actors (researchers, industry, policy makers, civil society) for a reflective research process. vi. Science Education to enhance current education processes and to better equip future researchers and society as a whole, with the necessary competences. In summary, we envision our research activities to be performed by inclusive, diverse, and gender-balanced teams, in an open and transparent environment, anticipating and reflecting on the consequences of our choices and potential risks, being open and adaptive to changes and making our results accessible to the public encompassing the participation and feedback from the civil society, when possible. We deem essential for our researchers to think in advance on the consequences of their research, and propose alternative solutions to the research problems they are facing. Those solutions should be evaluated taking into account moral values, and including the views of a broad range of stakeholders (scientific community, citizens, industry…). To make all this possible, and increase the awareness of RRI principles among the ICMAB community, during 2018 we carried out the following activities:


On 16 March 2018, with the aim of introducing this concept to the research community at ICMAB, and in collaboration with the Marie-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) i-Switch, a workshop on "Ethics and Responsible Research & Innovation in Research" (RRI2018) was organized.

The workshop gathered several experts from the field that provided us with some insights on how to deal with some of the aspects included in RRI, from ethics and gender aspects in research to integrity and scientific misconduct. Two practical workshops focusing on the promotion of RRI and the available methods to implement it, by Rosina Malagrida (IrSiCaixa), were also included.

Open Access

At the ICMAB we encourage the Golden Route to open access publications by the systematic use of CSIC’s open access publication support agreements (RSC, ACS, Frontiers, PNAS, Springer Open), and we optimize the self-archiving (Green Route), by uploading the postprints to the Digital CSIC institutional repository with the help of our Librarian & Documentalist. Giving open access to our scientific results is essential to boost the benefits of the public investment in research and increase knowledge dissemination, following European and National policies.

We are planning to implement a system for the progressive increase of datasets associated to the published articles deposition and to offer specific training for our research staff on open access, open science and RRI issues.

Ffrom October 22 to October 28, we celebrated the International Open Access Week 2018, organized by the SPARC* (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with the slogan "Setting the Default to Open". The idea was to share the idea that Open Access is the most effective way to disseminate research!

ICMAB authors publised in 2018 a total of 226 articles indexed in the Web of Science, from which 128 are currently open acess: 52 are Gold Open Access, and 92 are found in the Digital CSIC Institutional repository, some already in open access and others still with the embargo. 

Gender Equality

Gender Equality Certificate

In 2018, the ICMAB was awarded by the CSIC with the Gender Equality Certificate (Distintivo de Acreditación en Igualdad de Género), in its first edition. This certificate was promoted by the CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez, following an explicit commitment to offer equal opportunities for men and women in their workplaces. The objective of the call was to promote gender perspective in all the CSIC institutes, and to promote measures to eliminate the barriers that women may encounter during their career.

11F: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The Gender Equality Committee was engaged to organize the activities to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. During the second and third weeks of February, the ICMAB celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which was declared in 2016 by the United Nations to be on February, 11.

Mileva Maric

On 9 February we hosted Montse Ribell, from Agrupació Astronòmica Sabadell, who gave a seminar about Mileva Maric, a brilliant mathematician of the XIX century eclipsed by a man, Einstein.

I became a scientist

The slideshow and twitter campaign “I became a scientist” showed how and why did the women at ICMAB became researchers, and what did they want to do when they were kids.

A reseracher in your classroom

In the framework of "11defebrero" and "A researhcer in your classroom", researcher Ana M. López gave a talk to secondary school students at La Ferreria (Montcada), Stefania Sandoval at La Guineueta (Barcelona), and Esther Barrena at Institut Provençana (Hospitalet de Llobregat). Anna Roig brought the play "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" at Escola Can Periquet (Palau-solità i Plegamans).

Women in Science quizz 

To raise awareness about gender issues also among our staff, we hang some posters with some quizzes prepared by the Gender Equality Committee about curious facts on women in science and gender issues.

"Women and Science: Breaking Stereotypes"

Anna May, Communication & Outreach Officer, and Mariona Coll, researcher at the Superconducting Materials Groups, participated on February 6 at a roundtable on "Women and Science: Breaking Stereotypes", at Ateneu Barcelonès (Barcelona). The event was organized by EspaiNANO, the Gender Committee of the Physics Department at UB, and the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival "10 a la menos 9". 

Madame Châtelet and her Instagram Followers

The dramatized reading “Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers” was represented for a highschool in Barcelona (13 February 2018) and at the ICMAB (9 March 2018).

The play was also represented at the Vapor Badia Library, in the event "Sci & Tech Girls Vallès", on 17 November 2018. 

Nursing Room

The Gender Equality Committee enabled one room at the Institute for breastfeeding and nursing.

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