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HR Excellence in Research

On February 2018, the Barcelonaβeta Brain Research Center (BBRC) has endorsed the 40 principles of the “European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers” promoted by the European Commission. By implementing the 'Charter and Code' principles, BBRC is joining a community of European universities, institutions and funders, including a number of international institutions, which are committed to continuously improve their HR practices.

In order to integrate these principles, the BBRC has conducted an extensive internal analysis and developed the BBRC Action Plan 2020-2022. BBRC is fully committed to obtain the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ Award. In September 2019, BBRC has submitted the award application. BBRC has already passed the administrative eligibility check and is waiting for the final consensus report and final outcome of the assessment.

The BBRC Action Plan 2020-2022 that is being assessed by the European Commission was approved by the BBRC Steering Committee in September 2019. The proposed actions developed in the BBRC Action Plan 2019-2021 were grouped into the following broad categories:

  • Working conditions & equality
  • Career development plan
  • Communication & strategic actions
  • Selection & recruitment
  • Resources & data


The analysis and Action plan were performed by a team led by the Research Management Office (RMO) and HR department and composed by the HRS4R Working Group together with the HRS4R Overseeing Committee. BBRC representatives are the following:

HRS4R Working group:

HRS4R Overseeing Committee:

HR Department:

  • Susana Palacios, Head of BBRC HR department

RMO Office:


BBRC is looking forward to receiving the EC outcome and being awarded by the distinguished “HR Excellence in Research” Award.

Download BBRC Action Plan