The IBEC PhD committee

At IBEC we recognize that a friendly, supportive environment and strong camaraderie among colleagues is essential for producing confident, open-minded researchers.

To help our young scientists get the head start that a welcoming environment brings, regular social and networking events are organized within the institute or by its hosting campus, the Parc Científic de Barcelona.

IBEC has football clubs and a running team to help staff and researchers unwind, and it organizes events such as the IBEC music festival and an annual IBEC day. There’s also a mailing list for social announcements that helps the IBEC community get to know each other and welcome newcomers.

Being registered at one of the universities, IBEC PhDs receive an identity card and are able to benefit from all the usual discounts available to students in Barcelona and beyond.

What is the PhD committee?

The IBEC PhD Committee was set up in 2013 to enable students to have a voice in the running of the institute and to organise events of their own.

Having begun with Bowling Fridays and other networking and social events, the committee has branched out into organizing and co-organizing courses and workshops. In addition, the committee also carried out a satisfaction survey to monitor morale among PhD students at the institute and identify common problems or issues.

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In the PhD Student Committee, we are constantly in touch with several departments at IBEC (Human Resources, direction, communications, etc.) to improve researchers’ everyday life at IBEC.

Here are some of the activities in which we are involved:

  • We collect the concerns of researchers regarding working conditions’ matters, and we work on trying to improve them by communicating with the required department.
  • We collaborate with administration in finding and organizing workshops, trying to meet the interests and requirements of researchers.
  • We organize social events to facilitate networking among researchers.
  • We are a non-profit reference group for PhD students in IBEC. We try to help with academic issues, from administrative transactions to trying to connect people to solve more technical or experimental issues.

Download ‘IBEC PhD Committee presentation’, a summary of our activity at IBEC: PDF


The PhD Student Committee organizes both social and scientific events to promote networking among scientists.

In this section, you will find details of future and past events.

Find the latest events organized by the committee on this link.

Resources and links of interest

This section aims to offer both academic and non-academic Resources and links of interest for the IBEC PhD student Community.

It is a dynamic section, constantly being updated to offer useful resources for PhD students that are related to administrative transactions, information about PhD programmes, and even useful information for newcomers to IBEC and to Barcelona. As such, everyone is free to suggest ideas about content that might be of interest for the whole IBEC PhD student community.

IBEC Publications

IBEC’s Annual Report is published once a year in spring. It covers the past academic year and includes news highlights, organizational and strategic facts and figures and an outline of the institute’s events and initiatives during the period, as well as an introduction to each research group and their activities.

IBEC International PhD brochure (in English) with detailed information for potential PhD students. (Click here to go to the PhD information page.)


IBEC’s brand

The corporate identity of IBEC was conceptualized by founding director Josep A. Planell in 2005 to encapsulate life, technology and vibrancy.

The green of IBEC signifies the olive tree, which takes fifteen years to mature and bear fruit; that’s the same amount of time it takes to educate a human to adulthood. After it matures, the olive continues to yield fruit for decades and sometimes even centuries – just as the discoveries of our scientists will make a difference for centuries into the future.

IBEC’s new logo came into force in January 2015. In this section your can download the logo in various formats as well as official templates and other documents, and a guide to the corporate colours and usage of the logo.


Scientific poster (A0 size)

Template for A0-size scientific poster for conferences. (For use in Powerpoint).

Powerpoint presentation

Powerpoint template for presentations at conferences


We are working on this section!

IBEC’s university partners

University of Barcelona (UB)
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)


Martí Checa Nanoscale bioelectrical characterization group
Natalia Feiner Nanoscopy for nanomedicine group
Anna Vila Biomimetic systems for cell engineering group
Macià Esteve Pallarès Pallarès Integrative cell and tissue dynamics group
Andreu Matamoros Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology group
Maider Badiola Nanobioengineering group
Ariadna Marín Integrative cell and tissue dynamics group
Carlos Pérez Integrative cell and tissue dynamics group
Berta Gumí Nanoprobes and nanoswitches group
Víctor González Cellular and molecular mechanobiology group
Jesús Ordoño Biomaterials for regenerative therapies group
Ignasi Jorba Cellular and respiratory biomechanics group
Helena Lozano Nanoscale bioelectrical characterization group
Fabio Riefolo Nanoprobes and nanoswitches group
Aida Baelo Bacterial Infections and antimicrobial therapies group
Ferrán Velasco Biosensors for bioengineering group
Lucas Palacios Smart nano-bio-devices group
Ana Solorzano Signal and information processing for sensing systems group
Javier Burgués Signal and information processing for sensing systems group
Maria Zimina Bacterial infections and antimicrobial therapies group


If you’d like to get involved in the committee, please contact us at

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