At the ICMAB we are clearly aware that any activity carried out at the ICMAB should be conducted by adhering to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles, namely:
In summary, we envision our research activities to be performed by inclusive, diverse, and gender-balanced teams, in an open and transparent environment, anticipating and reflecting on the consequences of our choices and potential risks, being open and adaptive to changes and making our results accessible to the public encompassing the participation and feedback from the civil society, when possible.
We deem essential for our researchers to think in advance on the consequences of their research, and propose alternative solutions to the research problems they are facing. Those solutions should be evaluated taking into account moral values, and including the views of a broad range of stakeholders (scientific community, citizens, industry…).
To make all this possible, and increase the awareness of RRI principles among the ICMAB community, during 2020 we carried out the following activities:
Some activities in RRI include:
At the ICMAB we encourage the Golden Route to open access publications by the systematic use of CSIC’s open access publication support agreements (RSC, ACS, Frontiers, PNAS, Springer Open), and we optimize the self-archiving (Green Route), by uploading the postprints to the Digital CSIC institutional repository with the help of our Librarian & Documentalist, Alejandro Santos.
Giving open access to our scientific results is essential to boost the benefits of the public investment in research and increase knowledge dissemination, following European and National policies. We are planning to implement a system for the progressive increase of datasets associated to the published articles deposition and to offer specific training for our research staff on open access, open science and RRI issues.
The 2020 Open Access Week Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week, to be held October 19-25, will be “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.”
International Open Access Week is a time for the wider community to coordinate in taking action to make openness the default for research and to ensure that equity is at the center of this work. At ICMAB we organized on 27 October 2020 a seminar by Alejandro Santos on “Open Access: novedades en el CSIC”. The seminar talked about the latest news about Open Access in the CSIC: new agreements for open access publishing in different journals, and a practical approach to encourage the uploading of articles and dataset into the institutional repository to make it accessible to the pubic. Over 50 people attended the seminar, which was held online due to the Covid pandemic restrictions.
The Gender Equality in 2020 was busy with the activities to commemorate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) and with implementing the Gender Equality Roadmap for the ICMAB. However, due to the lockdown, much of the activities had to be cancelled or postponed to 2021.
The Gender Equality Committee at ICMAB organizes many of its activities during the month between 11 February (International Day of Women and Girls in Science) and 8 March. In 2020, these month was before the lockdown, so we could organize many of the events programmed (although three were cancelled, which were going to take place around the second week of March, when everything started to change. Finally, the events that we could organize around the topic of Women in Science and Gender Equality in research are: