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:

  • Governance to prevent harmful or unethical developments of our research and innovation.
  • Open Access to research results and publications to boost innovation and increase the use of scientific results.
  • Ethics to respect ethical standards and fundamental rights in response to societal challenges.
  • Gender equality, and in a wider sense, diversity in research teams and topics.
  • Public Engagement of all societal actors (researchers, industry, policy makers, civil society) for a reflective research process.
  • 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 2019 we carried out the following activities:

NewHoRRIzon is a project that aims at further integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the research and innovation systems on national and international levels. The concept of RRI is an approach which intends to bridge gaps between science, research and innovation communities and society at large by fostering more inclusive, anticipatory, open and responsive research and innovation systems. In this frame, multiple stakeholders (from research, business, policy making, education and civil society) are involved in research and innovation on the project and system level to better align its processes and outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. A first big step was the operationalisation of RRI into the following six key elements: ethics, gender equality, governance, public engagement, science education and open access.

Anna, Roig, researcher at the NN group, participated in the NewHoRRIzon project, funded by H2020 (European Comission). She attended the workshops organized within the “Social Lab” about Research Infrastructures. Workshops took place on April 2019 and October 2019 in Vienna (Austria).

Further actions in RRI will include: i) participate in European and National workshops on RRI, ii) offer specific training activities on specific RRI aspects to our staff; iii) create an RRI section in our website with available resources and manuals; iv) increase internal communication on the topic; v) ensure that in all the project proposals (European and National) the gender, ethics, social impact and open access topics are well addressed; vi) organize a “RRI Day” for those in-house researchers and invited experts willing to present their views in this field.

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, Alejandro Santos.

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.

Open Access Week

From October 21 to October 27, we celebrated the International Open Access Week 2019, organized by the SPARC* (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with the theme “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”, which built on the groundwork laid last year when discussions focused on “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” On 23 October 2019 we organized the seminar “Open Acces en el ICMAB, preguntas frecuentas”, to explain the meaning of this international movement, its implementation at the ICMAB, and the ways to practice it, complying with the research projects funding agencies mandates (H2020, National R&D projects, Severo Ochoa…).

Open Access publications

ICMAB authors published in 2019 a total of 240 articles indexed in the Web of Science, from which 133 are currently open acess: 81 are Gold Open Access (34 %), and 52 are Green Open Access, in the Digital CSIC Institutional repository. Although all the articles are in the Digital CSIC repository, some are still embargoed (73) and in others only the metadata is available (34).

The CSIC signs the Open Acess institutional mandate

On 29 March 2019, the Presidency of the CSIC signed the institutional mandate of Open Access. It is a strong impulse for the open access of different types of CSIC research results, including peer-reviewed publications and associated research data, through the DIGITAL.CSIC repository.

For this reason, from April 1, 2019, bibliographic references and full texts of all peer-reviewed publications (articles, book chapters, etc.) should be open to the public through DIGITAL.CSIC. In addition, the datasets associated with journal articles and their bibliographic references should also be in open access.

Gender Equality and Women in Science

The Gender Equality in 2019 was busy with the activities to commemorate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) and with the creation of the Gender Equality Roadmap for the ICMAB.
8 March: Women Day, Gender Equality Survey for the staff

To design the Gender Equality Plan included in the 'Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence' call, we launched a survey to make a diagnosis of the situation of all the staff at ICMAB - including the scientific staff, research support staff and students - in relation to gender equality.

We invited all the staff to participate in the survey and, finally, 99 of them answered. We worked together with ClicLab, a company specialized in gender equality programs and RRI, to prepare the issue, analyze the results and stablish the Gender Equality Rodmap for the ICMAB, which we did during 2019.

The SOMMa Alliance holds its first meeting on gender equality policies

On October 29, the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) hosted the 1st Gender Equality Event of the Alliance of the Severo Ochoa Centres and María de Maeztu Units of Excellence (SOMMa). The meeting aimed at sharing best practices in this area at the SOMMa Centres to promote a change of their institutional culture to support female talent and gender equality in science and of strategic decision-making in a coordinated and institutional way. The event, organised by SOMMa and CNIO’s Women in Science Office (WISE), which was created in 2012 by its director Maria Blasco and is coordinated by Isabel López de Silanes, enjoyed the collaboration of the British Embassy in Spain. From the ICMAB, Riccardo Rurali, ICMAB Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Gender Equality Committe at the ICMAB, attended the event.

The Gender Equality Committe at the LIBRA workshop on “How to design, implement and follow-up a Gender Equality Plan”

Carlos Frontera, researcher at ICMAB and member of the Gender Equality Committee of the ICMAB, attended on February 14-15, 2019, the European project LIBRA workshop to share experiences on “How to design, implement and follow-up a Gender Equality Plan”. The 2-day workshop took place in Sitges. The ideas taken from the workshop were shared with the Gender Equality Committee of the ICMAB, whose main objective for 2019 was the creation of a Gender Equality Plan for the Institute.

Madame Châtelet and her Instagram Followers

The project "Madame Châtelet" awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant

The dramatised reading "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", prepared by a group of women of ICMAB-CSIC, was awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant in its second call, this year 2019. The project is entitled "El salón de las mujeres sabias" and aims to stimulate and promote the interst in scientific careers by providing examples of women scientists from different periods of our history. The project included the creation of a website, social networks and the creation of promotional material (flyer, video, etc), apart from presenting the work in different formats and events, improving the representation (text and slides included) and gathering material for the schools and libraries.

"Madame Châtelet" dramatised reading opened the Alumni UB conference cycle on women of science

The dramatised reading "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers” opened the Conference Cycle organized by Alumni UB "Dones de ciència retrobades en la història” on Monday, 29 April at 6 pm at the "Sala Gabriel Oliver" (Facultat de Filologia, Edifici Històric UB).

Madame Châtelet for the Researcher’s Night

The play was represented in CosmoCaixa for the European Researcher’s Night (2 sessions) on Friday, 27 September 2019, with a great audience (in a 250 seat auditorium). The sessions were recorded.

Madame Châtelet for the Science Week

On 14 and 15 November 2019 we received the visit of four classes of 2nd ESO of Institut Vallès (Sabadell). They could enjoy the dramatised reading "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" and then did the workshops about the properties of minerals and the periodic table elements with Anna Crespi and Judith Oró. Two classes of 25 students came every day, so we had 50 students per day, 100 students in total.

Promotional video 

The “Madame Châtelet” team released a promotional video of the dramatized reading thanks to the FGCSIC-Cuenta la Ciencia project. You can watch it here!

Madame Châtelet and her Instagram Followers for the International Day of Women and girls in science (11F)

As mentioned in the previous section, the representation was performed twice at the ICMAB, for two schools (on 13 and 19 February 2019), and one day at a primary school “Els Pins” in Sant Cugat (12 March 2019).

Madame Châtelet presented in conferences

The project was presented in different conferences and meetings: the RSEF 2019, the CCSC 2019 and the “Women, Science and Technology” conference.

  • Poster and oral communication at the “Women, Science and Technology” conference
    Terrassa held on 6-7 March 2019 the first edition of the "Women, Science and Technology" (WSciTech19) Conference (Congrés de Dones, Ciència i Tecnologia) and the "Châtelet team" at ICMAB presented their dramatised lecture "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" as a tool to visibilize the wise women in the history of science. Susagna Ricart and Anna May, in representation of the team, presented a Poster, and an Oral Communication, which resulted in a fantastic colloquium.
  • Poster presentation at the conference "Comunicación Social de la Ciencia 2019" (CCSC19) (9-11 October 2019, in Burgos)
    Anna May presented the poster in this science communication conference.

11 February 2019

11 February 2019: Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science at ICMAB

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.

STEM AMB TU initiative from AMIT-CAT

The seminar was followed by a presentation of some of the participants of the STEM-AMB-TU initiative from AMIT-CAT to encourage scientific vocations to young girls.

At 12 pm, Camen Ocal, vice-president of AMIT-CAT (Associació de Dones Investigadores i Tecnòlogues de Catalunya) introduced this association to us, and then, two participants of the STEM AMB TU initiative, explained their experience in the programme. They were Marina Garrote, from the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM), and Maria Cabello, from the Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona (IMB-CNM-CSIC).

We also did a photocall of the 11F initiative to take pictures celebrating this day.

“Lise Meitner: insights from recent research”

On Monday, 11 February 2019, we organized a seminar to discover who was and what did Lise Meitner do. At 11 am, Xavier Roqué, Senior Lecturer in History of Science at the UAB and researcher at the History of Science Center (CEHIC) gave the talk “Lise Meitner: insights from recent research”

My favorite scientist initiative #LaMevaCientíficaPreferida

This initiative to visibilize women scientists counted with the participation of all the ICMAB staff. We asked them: which is your favorite women scientist, and why? With the results, we created banners with the women scientist they chose, and spread them through our social networks, on our screens in the building, and in our website.

Madame Châtelet and her Instagram Followers

On 13 and 19 February we received the visit of two schools, who came and see our dramatised reading "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", performed by scientists and support staff of our center, which features different women scientists from our history: Hypatia of Alexandria, Rosalind Franklin, or Vera Rubin, to name a few.

The dramatized reading “Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers” was also represented for a primary school “Els Pins” in Sant Cugat (12 March 2019).

"Our scientists in the school" for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The CSIC Delegation in Catalunya wanted to contribute to the promotion of scientific vocations in young girls, and facilitate the contact between them and the scientists from the nearby research centers. For this reason, an educational action in the framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) was organized, consisting on school visits by some CSIC researchers, who explained their research projects and their life as a scientist to primary school students. From the ICMAB, Arántzazu González participated in this initiative, called "Nuestras científicas: Jornada de investigadoras actuales y futuras" on Monday, 11 February, at the Escola Can Maiol (Barcelona) with students of 6-7 years old (1r Primària).

Apart from this initiative, two other scientists from the ICMAB went to secondary schools on 11 February, to give some talks about their research and life as a scientist, in the framework of 11defebrero.org.

  • Ana M. López visited the highschool INS J.V. Foix, in Rubí
  • Anna Laromaine visited the school "Col·legi Públic Marta Mata", in Girona
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