PRBB Gender Equality

As one of the largest hubs of life sciences research in the south of Europe, the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) aims to provide an environment that supports all scientists to do excellent research. We proud ourselves on being a diverse community, and one that strives to promote equal opportunities for everyone to develop professionally and academically, and to achieve a good work-life balance and wellbeing.

In order to improve gender equality at the PRBB, several actions have taken place, and continue to be developed. Each of the PRBB centres have specific initiatives, such as mentoring, gender bias training, or gender-sensitive recruitment guidelines. The PRBB Gender Equality Committee, with members from all six centres at the park, is in charge of catalysing the development of cross-institute initiatives and activities to raise awareness and promote a real equal opportunities environment in the whole park.

The current members of the group are:

 

FACILITIES

Lactation room

The PRBB provides nursing mothers with a comfortable, private and safe place to pump breast milk or feed their babies. This lactation room is open to use by any member of staff of the PRBB or its centers (IMIM, DCEXS-UPF, CRG, ISGlobal, IBE, EMBL), as well as to anyone participating in an event organized at the park.

The lactation room can be locked and it has a comfy sofa, a small table and a chair. There is also access to an electrical outlet. Although there is no sink, the room is just adjacent to a toilet that can be used to wash hands, pumps, and any necessary recipients.

Please note that the room does not contain a fridge/freezer, so no milk can be left in the room after you have used it.

The room is located on the ground floor (room 073.04), in the hall between the Marie Curie and Charles Darwin seminar rooms. The key is available from the Floor 0 reception.

NOTE: This room will be unavailable from May to September 2020 due to works in the neighbouring seminar rooms.

Nursery

Although the PRBB does not have any dedicated in-house spaces for childcare, it has reached agreements with two of the local nurseries, which are within walking distance (10 min):

In both cases, staff from the PRBB and its centers, as well as people attending events at the park, can enjoy a 10% discount on the usual fees. For more information please visit the offers page of the PRBB portal.

Toilets

To improve inclusiveness, in addition to male- and female-specific toilets the PRBB currently has mixed toilets on each of the floors of the building, for the benefit of those who do not identify themselves with a particular genre.

 

EVENTS GUIDELINES

We would expect that all conferences taking place at the PRBB are inclusive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, physical appearance, nationality or religion. Therefore, no form of harassment will be tolerated in the building. To that matter, it is recommended for conferences to include a Code Of Conduct. 

We would also urge conference organisers to strive to achieve the best possible gender balance regarding invited speakers. For example, at least 30% women as speakers or panelists should usually be considered a minimum.

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