Why are we so few? About women in science

  Mar Albà, a PI at the IMIM, one of the centres at the PRBB, has just published in her group’s blog a reflection on the issue of the under-representation of women in permanent academic positions. A topic that has gained new impetus following the recent controversial comments by Tim Hunt. A rare event which should not be that rare encouraged her to write it. We invite you to read her post entitled “Why are we so few?” and to reflect on this, sadly, still current topic.   You can read a related interview to Joan Steitz (Yale) published in the PRBB’s magainze El·lipse … Continue reading Why are we so few? About women in science

“Being in the minority is part of the problem”, Joan Steitz (Yale University and HHMI)

Joan Steitz, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, came to Barcelona in January 2015 to participate in the CRG faculty retreat. Considered one of the founders in the field of RNA biology and world-renowned for her many seminal contributions, she is also a prominent activist, promoting scientific careers for women. Mother to a son who followed in her footsteps and wife to a Nobel Prize winner, during her stay at the PRBB she gave a talk about her research into non-coding RNAs and participated in a round table about women in … Continue reading “Being in the minority is part of the problem”, Joan Steitz (Yale University and HHMI)

Books and authors that inspire scientific vocations!

At the PRBB we started a campaign about a month ago called #passion4science. We are asking researchers around the globe to try and pinpoint an event, person, book, whatever, that caught their attention as a child and got them excited about science, about trying to understand, to learn, to experiment… We will be posting the results in storify and will do another post about it here soon, as well as sharing them through social media, so keep an eye out for #passion4science! But since today is International Book Day – and in Catalonia, where we are located, it’s a very spetial … Continue reading Books and authors that inspire scientific vocations!

“Science is a good weapon to fight crises”

  Ian Mattaj, came to the PRBB last October for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the CRG. This Scottish researcher is the director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, the largest molecular biology institution in Europe. He is also president of the CRG’s scientific advisory board, and he gave us his view on science at the CRG, in Catalonia, Spain and Europe. How would you sum up the CRG´s first 10 years? The CRG is remarkably successful for such a young institution. They have been recruiting foreign researchers, not so common in Spain, and they … Continue reading “Science is a good weapon to fight crises”