8th edition of the PRBB Open Day

Have you ever been in a research center? Would you like to get to know one from within? Take some minutes to read this blog, and explore what happens when a research center opens its doors to the general public. The Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) does this once a year. The PRBB Open Day is an event that aims at getting to know what scientists do, how their day-to-day activity is, and where they work. It is planned to make everyone enjoy, and make all of us understand, maybe even love, science. In the event everyone is invited to play with science, … Continue reading 8th edition of the PRBB Open Day

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)

Horses with spots and giraffes with stripes

Shigeru Kondo (Institute of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University, Japan) gave one of the last talks at the “Computational approaches to networks, cells and tissues” meeting that took place this week  at the PRBB Auditorium. Co-organised by James Sharpe (CRG) and Hernán López-Schier (HZM), the meeting was supported by QuanTissue, a collaborative European network to bridge the gap between the traditional developmental cell biology, biophysics and systems biology. And so it did! Most of the nearly 200 participants were physicysts or mathematicians, as one could tell from their presentations and posters full of complicated mathematical formulae. But the subjects they studied … Continue reading Horses with spots and giraffes with stripes