Gender Balance Committee

Gender Balance Committee

Presentation

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.

Goals:

  • 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

Members

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 two months, 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: Maria Lluch Senar 
Nationality: Spanish 
Member since: September 2018 
What is your role at the CRG? I am staff scientist in the group of Design of Biological Systems.  
I am part of the GBC because... I believe that diversity and gender equality are the key elements to evolve and to progress in our society. At the CRG, with the GB committee, we have the opportunity to create new initiatives, in a science field, to try to solve the problem of low representation of woman in leadership positions. I would like to contribute to improve our society by trying to implement equal opportunities and benefits for different individuals. 

Name: Roni Wright
Nationality: British
Member since: Jan 2018
What is your role at the CRG? I am a Postdoc in the lab of Miguel Beato within the Gene Regulation Stem Cells and Cancer department. Our research focuses on understanding the role of hormones in breast cancer cell growth. In addition to work on the bench I am also the Technology Business and Development Office (TBDO) fellow and aid the TBDO office with the assessment and evaluations of new technologies and ideas within the CRG.
I am part of the GBC because... I firmly believe that raising awareness and pushing for change with regards to existing gender bias is essential.  With the hope that, the only barriers for our children's future careers and happiness will be the effort they put it, their ambition and imagination: not their gender.

Name: Nieves Lorenzo Gotor
Nationality: Spanish
Member since: 2016
What is your role at the CRG? I am a PhD student in the group Gene Function and Evolution led by Gian Gaetano Tartaglia. Interested in protein disorder, RNA interactions and phase separation.
I am part of the GBC because... I realized about the lack of female role models and the impact that this is having in my close circles and myself. I truly believe there is space for both genders in the working system including scientific academia. However, we need to help society and improve the system to reach real equality. By enrolling the GBC I try to do my bit in that direction.

Name:  Caterina Colì
Nationality: Italian
Member since: November 2017
What is your role at the CRG? PhD student
I am part of the GBC because... I really think that it’s an important aim to achieve gender equality to have a better quality of life, in terms of singular people and of the entire society.  I dream of a world where people look at other people for what they are and not for gender, countries, believes… And each of us can contribute to this change!

Name: Monika Matusiak-Brückner
Nationality: German
Member since: March 2018
What is your role at the CRG? PhD student and PhD representative of the Systems Biology program
I am part of the GBC because... I strongly believe that we have the power to reshape the way our society works. But to achieve changes, we need to become active. Feminism in particular is a topic I am very passionate about and being part of the GBC is one way for me to become more involved. 

Name: Mònica Bayés
Nationality: Spanish
Member since: 2019
What is your role at the CRG? As Administration and Programme Manager at CNAG-CRG, I coordinate the administrative and financial planning, the communication with CNAG-CRG users and the grant application activities.
I am part of the GBC because... Even though a lot has been done, there is a lot more still to do. All initiatives towards gender balance are welcome.

Name: Marcelo Mora Rojas
Nationality: Costa Rican
Member since: December 2017
What is your role at the CRG? I am an intern at the Human Resources department.
I am part of the GBC because... I have interest in working with the committee and the HR department on how it can enhance its ability to attract talent and retain its employees within the scope of gender equality. It is important to me that all individuals have access to the same benefits, resources and opportunities for growth.

Name: Sonja Reiland
Nationality: German
Member since: 2016
What is your role at the CRG? I am a Scientific Project Manager in the office for International and Scientific Affairs. My key responsibilities are: Prepare and manage collaborative projects coordinated at the CRG; Promote Gender Equality and Open Science at the CRG; Identify and promote new funding opportunities.
I am part of the GBC because... I want to build a bridge between the activities in LIBRA and the CRG. LIBRA is a collaborative project funded by the European Commission with the goal to achieve gender equality in 13 EU-LIFE research centers, which is coordinated by the CRG (Isabelle Vernos) and of which I am the project manager. By participating in the GBC I want to maximize the exchange between CRG and LIBRA and ensure a mutual benefit from the collaborative work of the LIBRA members. That’s for the formal part. For the more personal part, I like it a lot to work with the mixed team (senior, junior, different gender, scientists, administrators, managers), that we challenge each other and the institute’s direction, and plan very concrete actions. I find it quite satisfying to implement a Gender Equality Plan, where we see what we have done, what we achieved, and also what is still ahead of us. 

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: Montse Díaz
Nationality: Spanish
Member since: January 2019 
What is your role at the CRG? Executive Assistant to Managing Director (Bruna Vives)
I am part of the GBC because... Let´s keep working together to improve our work environment and provide equal opportunities to everybody. My main role is to give administrative support and provide management more information, help keeping track and follow-ups of the GBC actions.