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Performance Report 2014 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The PRBB* is an inspiring environment at the forefront of biomedical research. This large scientific infrastructure provides a critical mass of world-class researchers in various fields, a stimulating scientific community and advanced technology platforms under one roof, next to a university hospital. The mission of the PRBB is to generate disruptive knowledge in life sciences and biomedicine, as well as economic opportunities for the region and Barcelona. PRBB also promotes the dialogue with the public about science and medical research. *Vision and mission of the Park

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A) HIGHLIGHTS

1. The president of Ecuador at the PRBB On April 23, the president of Ecuador visited the PRBB accompanied by a large delegation from his government. Rafael Correa was greeted by Antoni Castellà, the Spanish Secretary for Universities and Research, and Josep Martorell, Director of Research, both from the Catalan Government; by Francesc Posas, Vice rector for Scientific Policy at Pompeu Fabra University; and Jordi Camí and Marga Sala, general director and general manager of the PRBB, respectively.

After Jordi Camí’s general presentation of the park, Antoni Castellà gave an overview of the Catalan scientific system. Rafael Correa stated that “a country can only be prepared for the future if it considers human talent and knowledge as its main resource”. After the presentations, the delegation visited some of the facilities and laboratories at the park, accompanied by the directors of the centres.

2. Another outstanding year of scientific activity Year after year the researchers at the park are taking their scientific activity to new heights. Once again, 2014 smashed the previous records for number of original publications and percentage of foreign speakers at the PRBB.

In 2014, researchers at the PRBB centres participated in 1,218 original articles. The outstanding number of publications in highimpact journals demonstrates the quality of the research: 14 in Nature, 8 in Science, 4 in Cell, 3 in The Lancet and 2 in The New England Journal of Medicine. All in just one year. Research involving key contributions by the PRBB animal facility staff resulted in 7 publications in 2014.

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The 334 scientific conferences at the park included 211 speakers (63%) from external institutions in 21 different countries. The main countries represented were the USA (59), the UK (25), France (20), Switzerland (14) and Germany (13). The international institutions with the most speakers were the University of Cambridge in the UK (7), Harvard and Columbia University in the USA (4 each), and ETH in ZĂźrich (4). There was also an outstanding contribution by speakers from private companies (11).

3. Commitment to good scientific practice On October 15, the directors of the PRBB and the seven research centres located in the park signed the new edition of the Code of Good Scientific Practice. The Code sets out the norms and quality standards expected of scientists today. 14 years after it was first introduced, the substantially revised 5th edition has just been published.

The new code has been delivered to all laboratories in the park. A digital version of the new code is available at goodpractice.prbb.org, where you can also download it in PDF format.

A Good Scientific Practice (GSP) working group was created a year ago with representatives from all the centres to coordinate activities in research integrity across all centres. The group has been updating the code over the last year, whilst sharing learning experiences and good practice in scientific integrity. Now, the GSP working group will organise regular cross-institute educational initiatives at the PRBB to increase awareness and provoke discussion about research integrity issues. These activities will complement the compulsory course on good scientific practice that all UPF biomedical PhD students and some Master’s students currently take. The GSP working group can be contacted at goodpractice.prbb.org.

In 2014 the registration and delivery of lab books to researchers at the centres continued in compliance with the Code of Good Scientific Practice of the PRBB. The Consortium manages the delivery and keeps a record of all books. Last year a total of 302 lab books (328 in 2013) were given to researchers at CRG (111), UPF (104), IMIM (65), IBE (20) and CREAL (2).

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4. Vision, mission and values of the PRBB Consortium In 2014 the directors of the departments and the management held several meetings to determine the vision, mission and values of the Consortium. The values were selected in a session using a technique by Simon Dolan. Below we present the final result. Vision: The Consortium PRBB provides an open scientific infrastructure so that the institutions of the park can perform biomedical research that is internationally competitive. Mission: The Consortium PRBB contributes to create the best conditions so that the scientific community of the park is successful. Specific missions: Facility management: The Consortium maintains and adapts the scientific spaces according to the needs of the institutions of the park in a sustainable, efficient and collaborative manner, providing a quality service. Animal facility: The animal facility has the aim to continuously improve its services to internal and external customers, in collaboration with the users' committee and the animal facility of PCB-UB. Communication and PR: The Consortium promotes the PRBB as one of the leading centres of biomedical research to the outside and manages the dialogue with the general public in collaboration with the institutions of the park. It also develops activities for residents to create community. The PRBB Consortium also promotes value-added activities for residents in the areas of education, social activities and scientific meetings.

Values:

Integrity

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Cooperation

Transparency

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Pragmatism

Respect for the Environment

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B) DATA AND FACTS AT A GLANCE 1. Scientific publications form researchers at the park Yearly change

2014 1,218

Total:

2013

+13%

1,075

High impact journals: Nature

14

8

Science

8

1

The Lancet

3

1

The New Engl J Medicine

2

2

Cell

4

4

Other specialized journals of the Nature group

19

29

2. Scientific conferences Yearly change

2014

-6%

2013

Total:

334

Internal conferences:

123

145

External conferences:

211

212

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54

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+15%

357

47

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3. The demography of the residents % of the total

2014 Residents:

2013

1,393

1,379

Senior researchers

224

16%

252

Postdocs

231

17%

242

PhD students

307

22%

256

Research technicians

400

17%

373

Support and administrative staff

231

16%

256

Foreign scientists

279

37%

263

Foreign residents

361

26%

345

Men

602

43%

602

Women

791

57%

789

2014 Residents / Centre

2013 1,393

1,379

IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute)

375

409

Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (CEXS-UPF)

265

254

Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

432

411

Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMRB)

36

42

Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL)

102

88

Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE: CSIC-UPF)

123

120

Pasqual Maragall Foundation (FPM)

24

17

PRBB Consortium

36

38

(MedSir S.L.)

10

6

(Acellera S.L.)

2

1

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4. Outreach, visits and external relations Yearly change

2014

2013

PRBB Open Day: Visitors

>3,500

>3,500

Evaluation “Very good�

80%

80%

Volunteers

245

Number of activities for high school students

33

Participants

1,581

Visitors during 48h BCN Open House

500

400

General visiting groups

423

n.d.

Delegations

30

30

Delegates

528

341

6,056

5,484

+8%

226

Outreach: 29 +52%

1,043

External relations:

Total visitors*:

*without visits to the centres

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5. Websites and social networks Yearly change

2014

2013

Social networks: Twitter @the_prbb

4,000

+73%

2,727

Fans in Facebook

1,782

+67%

1,331

Linkedin

2,065

+58%

1,308

Visits at the Blog “Redcedar�

5,425

-27%

7,500

Visits

77,938

+38%

56,612

Users

43,377

+52%

28,533

Visits

36,199

-2%

37,066

Users

12,911

+8%

11,940

Website:

PRBB Inside portal

6. Data for consumption and maintenance Concept

Yearly change

2014

2013

Electricity

13,741,731 kWh

+1,06%

13,587,299 kWh

Natural gas

6,393,609 kWh

-6,39%

6,829,720 kWh

Water*

3

-7,56%

34,813 m3

Liquid nitrogen

231,510 litres

+2,76%

215,391 litres

Nitrogen gas

57,581 litres

+5,84%

54,401 litres

Carbon dioxide

22,713 kg

-2,18%

23,218 kg

Residues/waste*

245,928 kg

-1,12%

245,230 kg

Cleaning hours

1,075 h/week

32,498 m

0%

1,075 h/week

*estimation

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7. Auditorium and conference rooms Yearly change

2014

2013

Auditorium Events

-16%

98

Participants

117

10,000

11,000

External

11%

15%

Internal:

89%

85%

Conference rooms Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Ramรณn y Cajal +32%

Hours of occupation

4,204

3,176

External

7%

4%

Internal:

93%

96%

8. PRBB Intervals: Professional development % of the total

2014 Courses: Participants:

2013

29

29

359

390

PhD students

179

51%

209

Postdocs

102

29%

112

Senior researchers

34

10%

25

Excellent evaluation: Course in general

86%

86%

Quality of the trainer

93%

91%

Organization

85%

86%

Topic / Number of courses Leadership and management skills

8

Business and career development

5

Writing skills

8

Oral presentation skills

5

Public understanding of science

2

Biomedicine, society and good scientific practice

1

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