Building cohesion and trust is not a matter of weeks and months. It takes years. At the PRBB, we implemented 3 main lines of action to connect the different scientific cultures in subfields like bioinformatics, epidemiology, molecular biology, theoretical physics, genetics, or hepathology.
In the first place are scientific conferences. About 300 take place every year at the PRBB with speakers coming from all over the world. Here scientists of the park meet with themselves and the speakers to exchange knowledge, to get to know each other better and maybe initiate potential internal or international collaborations.
The second activity is PRBB Intervals. This continuing professional development programme of 38 courses provides residents with a range of education and training opportunities in areas that complement their professional experience, from Mindfulness to Critical Thinking – for free.
And third, in order to fuel trust and belonging, people need to know each other also at a personal level. So, social activities are key. Can you imagine a Beach Volleyball Championship with 60 teams and more than 500 participants? That’s the PRBB where you can even join a choir, a symphonic orchestra or go to yoga sessions throughout the week.
I believed that the success of the scientists at the PRBB came from its interdisciplinary approach in an open-space setting. Entangling the molecular with the populational, and the basic with the clinical perspective in life sciences and biomedical research. If it is, as shown now, also the capacity to create an ethnically and culturally diverse research community with the same lines of action, even better.
These labs are remarkably diverse — here’s why they’re winning at science, K Powell, Nature, 06 June 2018
Countries of origin of the PRBB Community (interactive worldmap)
PRBB Performance Report 2017