HR Excellence

Since 2013, the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw has been a holder of the HR Excellence in Research logo. This prestigious recognition acknowledges IIMCB as an attractive place for researchers to work and develop their careers. IIMCB actively and consciously adheres to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. 
The most important IIMCB activities in this regard in 2016 concentrated on supporting scientists in developing their careers on both an institutional and individual basis. Created at the end of 2015, the Career Development Platform is dedicated to young researchers and focuses on actions that facilitate access to career advice. IIMCB organized eight lunches for young staff with external invited speakers. This activity was highly appreciated by PhD students and post-docs because it created a tremendous opportunity to discuss career ideas with foreign researchers who hold high esteem in the scientific world. 
The Career Development Platform also supported a workshop entitled, “Habilitation. What else?”, organized by Michał Pawlak, PhD, a representative of the Postdoctoral Council.  Thanks to this event, IIMCB postdocs and PhD students became more familiar with the habilitation process in Poland. 
A spectacular success of the Career Development Platform was Career Path Day. This event was devoted to enhancing the personal development of researchers and supporting them in shaping their career development. It was held on January 19, 2017, and more than 80 PhD students and post-docs from Biocentrum Ochota attended. Young fellows listened to and spoke with invited professionals from academia, pharma companies, clinical trials, start-up companies, consulting services, patent attorney offices, and institutions that support science. The speakers spoke to the audience about their professional development, career stages, and pros and cons of embarking on a career in their respective fields. A panel discussion was followed by an informal beer and snack party, during which young researchers approached invited guests individually and developed professional networks.
Moreover, throughout the year, the Career Development Platform distributed information on conferences/workshops on professional career development. With support from representatives of the PhD Council, the Career Development Platform distributed a survey on soft skills training preferences among young researchers to solicit opinions about actions that can be taken in 2017 and 2018. 
The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct, adopted by the European Commission in 2005, specify the role, rights, and duties of researchers, their employees, and funding agencies. IIMCB received the third highest honor in Poland after the Foundation for Polish Science and the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology.


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