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Research

The research at IBP is structured around one fundamental question: How do components of living beings organize themselves to produce molecular, cellular and tissue functions? IBP researchers are interested, indeed, in how biological functions of cells and tissues emerge from the interactions between individual molecules and cells. To approach this central issue at all possible magnitude scales research at IBP spans fields as different as photonics, molecular imaging, enzymology, biochemistry, pharmacology, cell biology, epigenetics, systems biology and immunology. The final goal of our research is that to uncover and dissect new molecular machineries and the control systems supervising their functions. To solve these challenging biological problems that are difficult to address in existing research settings, researchers at IBP work together in multidisciplinary teams. Moreover the IBP attitude towards research is translational inasmuch the basic molecular knowledge obtained by investigators in the Institute is used to design and experimentally test pharmacological treatments for human diseases (Cancer and Rare Genetic Diseases), innovative vaccines, and environment preserving procedures.

Discussion Groups

33 Researchers, Senior Researchers and Research Directors, 20 of whom are on permanent contracts, work at the IBP. The IBP also employs PhD students ad post-docs. This scientific personnel is organized in 14 teams, or laboratories, each led by a coordinator. The teams have formed larger groups for discussion and collaboration in the following areas: 

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The Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and/or funders when appointing or recruiting researchers. These principles and requirements should ensure observance of values such as transparency of the recruitment process and equal treatment of all applicants, in particular with regard to the development of an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers, and are complementary to those outlined in the European Charter for Researchers. Institutions and employers adhering to the Code of Conduct will openly demonstrate their commitment to act in a responsible and respectable way and to provide fair framework conditions to researchers, with a clear intention to contribute to the advancement of the European Research Area.  

The European Charter for Researchers

The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements which specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers6. The aim of the Charter is to ensure that the nature of the relationship between researchers and employers or funders is conducive to successful performance in generating, transferring, sharing and disseminating knowledge and technological development, and to the career development of researchers. The Charter also recognizes the value of all forms of mobility as a means for enhancing the professional development of researchers.In this sense, the Charter constitutes a framework for researchers, employers and funders which invites them to act responsibly and as professionals within their working environment, and to recognise each other as such.The Charter addresses all researchers in the European Union at all stages of their career and covers all fields of research in the public and private sectors, irrespective of the nature of the appointment or employment7, the legal status of their employer or the type of organisation or establishment in which the work is carried out. It takes into account the multiple roles of researchers, who are appointed not only to conduct research and/or to carry out development activities but are also involved in supervision, mentoring, management or administrative tasks.
This Charter takes as its premise that researchers as well as employers and/or funders of researchers have an overriding obligation to ensure that they meet the requirements of the respective national or regional legislation. Where researchers enjoy a status and rights which are, in certain respects, more favourable than those provided for in this Charter, its terms should not be invoked to diminish the status and rights already acquired.Researchers, as well as employers and funders, who adhere to this Charter will also be respecting the fundamental rights and observe the principles recognised by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union8.