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The CRG received the "HR Excellence in Research' logo from the European Commission in 2013. It recognizes the institute's commitment in developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, including a Gender Equity Action Plan. In the same year the institute's direction established the CRG Gender Balance Committee with the mission to promote equal opportunities for men and women at the CRG and foment women's advancement in scientific career.


  • Mentoring programme for CRG postdocs (independent of gender)
  • CRG recruitment process without gender bias
  • Increased attractiveness of the CRG as an employer for female scientists
  • Increased Work-Life Balance for CRG employees


The members of the Gender Balance Committee are representative of all the areas of the institute, in order to address and taking care of the needs of the different groups of the CRG. With regular meetings every month, the Committee members are very active and truly engaged with its mission.

Name:  Isabelle Vernos
Nationality:  French / Spanish
Chair since 2013
What is your role at the CRG? I am a senior PI in the Cell & Developmental Biology research program
I am part of the GBC because... I strongly believe that our society should provide equal opportunities to everybody. The numbers show that it is not the case for women in the scientific academic ladder. I have therefore been engaged into promoting gender equality in academic and non-academic science career for several years. Since 2013 I am the chair of the Gender Balance working group of the ERC and I also coordinate the EU funded project LIBRA.


Name:  Mara Dierssen
Nationality: Spanish
Member since 2013
What is your role at the CRG? I lead the Cellular and Systems Neurobiology laboratory. My main current scientific interests are focused on the study of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying memory and learning and their alteration in complex diseases (polygenic and multifactorial) and in the development and application of this knowledge.
I am part of the GBC because... I believe women are still vastly underrepresented — especially in leadership positions — in academia. Whether women are just starting their science careers or have already achieved success, they have possibly faced serious obstacles. As a result, they may have experienced a lack of self-confidence or a difficult work-life balance, leading to difficult decisions.  I am convinced that the GBC will help by creating pioneering tools, inform faculty, both men and women, about biases and help achieving equal opportunities for women and diversity in science.


Name: Juan Valcarcel 
Nationality: Spanish 
Member since: 2013 
What is your role at the CRG? Associate Director, Coordinator of the Gene Regulation, Stem Cells and Cancer Program, Group Leader 
I am part of the GBC because... there is a historical, collective need to address gender inequality issues in society, in science as a profession and in working conditions in general. Addressing these issues will help society as a whole (not just women) and in particular will enrich scientific research. I am part of the GBC because I would like to help to implement concrete measures that will provide women, and more specifically women scientists, with equal career opportunities.

Name: Nuria Ortiz
Nationality: Spanish
Member since: July 2022
What is your role at the CRG? I am Recruiter and Developer Specialist, part of the HR Team.
I am part of the GBC because… it has a noble purpose. I want to contribute to creating a fairer society by helping women and I am honoured to work in an organisation that promotes diversity and equality in career development.
  Name: Roser Zaurin 
Nationality: Spanish 
What is your role at the CRG? 
I am part of the GBC because… 
Name: Gloria Lligadas
Nationality: Spanish
Member since: January 2019
What is your role at the CRG? I am the Head of Communications & PR. I develop and execute an institutional communications strategy that establishes and enhances CRG’s reputation as a centre of excellence in biomedical research, advanced training, innovation and public engagement. I'm responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of public relations and communications activities in a manner consistent with institutional strategies and priorities.  
I am part of the GBC because... it is very important to work towards achieving real gender balance within our institution and within society at large. From my professional perspective, I think our department can positively contribute to the dissemination of all actions and initiatives developed regarding gender balance through all communication channels at our disposal.
Name: Morghan Lucas
Nationality: Australian
Member since: 2020
What is your role at the CRG? I am a PhD student in the lab of Eva Novoa within the Gene Regulation Stem Cells and Cancer programme. I am also a member of the CRG PhD Council and the PhD Wellbeing Taskforce.  
I am part of the GBC because... I believe everyone should have equal opportunities to pursue their goals. The reasons for a lack of diversity in academia are many and those who do not fit the mould have to work against the assumptions and constructs of academia and fight their way through a “leaky pipeline” — at every step of the way, some leave the field because they face additional barriers or are not supported in moving forward in their professional path. As part of the GBC, I want to give opportunities to those in need, and from a gender balance perspective, increase the representation of women in leadership positions in life sciences, and empower the new and future generations of women researchers to advocate for themselves in the academic context so they are not lost through the “leaky pipeline”.