Scientific structure

The scientific structure of the IBE is composed by twenty-four research labs organised in five scientific programmes:


Managing structure

In addition to the classical figures of Director and Vicedirector, and the Executive board, IBE counts with the important managing structures of the Board of Trustees and the Scientific Advisory Board.

  • Executive board

The IBE Executive Board is composed by the following members:

Tomàs Marquès-Bonet

Elena Bosch
Salvador Carranza

Current Members:
Jesús Gómez-Zurita, Coordinator of the Animal phylogeny & Systematics Program 
Elena Casacuberta, Coordinator of the Functional Evolution in Insects Program
Carles Lalueza-Fox, Coordinator of the Comparative & Computational Genomics
Jaume Bertranpetit, Coordinator of the Population Genetics Program
Ricard Solé, Coordinator of the Complex Systems Program

Manager and Board Secretary
Anna Pérez-Lezaun

  • Board of Trustees

IBE main managing structure is the “Board of Trustees” composed by two representatives of both partner Institutions (CSIC-UPF)

Antoni Bosch
Emeritus Professor at the UPF Department of Economy
Luis Calvo
CSIC Institutional Coordinator in Catalonia
Enric Vallduví
Vicerector of Research at the UPF
Víctor Ramón Velasco
CSIC Vice president of Institutional Relationships and Organization


  • Scientific Advisory Board (CEE)

The IBE Scientific Advisory Board (CEE) committee iscomposed by 7 scientific experts with International recognition in the Evolutionary Biology field. Its main task will be to help the IBE in the definition of new research lines and strategies and in the best ways to recruit talent and widen the scientific strength of the Institute.

Brian Charlesworth
Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh
Anna Di Rienzo
University of Chicago
Gonzalo Giribet
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Puri López-García
Université Paris-Sud/Paris-Saclay
Susanna Manrubia
Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology (CSIC)
Andrés Moya
Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia
Stuart Reynolds
University of Bath


  • IBE Comissions

Good practices and scientific integrity

The IBE, as all other centers in PRBB has adhered to codes of good scientific practice which set out the norms and quality standards expected of a scientist today. In concrete: The Code of Good Scientific Practice of the PRBB, the Montreal statement and the Singapore statement. Furthermore, A cross-institute working group has been established to share learning and good practice in scientific integrity amongst the centres ( IBE Contacts: Jose Luis Maestro and Elena Bosch


PhD students mentoring program

The mentoring program is an opportunity for the students to interact and rely on scientists that are not directly involved in their PhD work, to obtain an objective analysis of their performance and personal growth. During their PhD, the students meet once a year with the committee. Before the meeting. the student and PIs independently answer a confidential questionnaire designed to detect possible misalignments in their professional expectations, progress, or relationship. The committee analyses the answers and, after meeting with both PI and students separately, suggests recommendations to improve the quality of their performance and professional relationship.

Coordinators: Josefa Gonzalez and Elena Casacuberta

Diversity committee

The IBE Diversity Committee was created in the spring of 2015 with the philosophy that diversity enhances performance and creativity and it is therefore, desirable in any working environment. At IBE we endorse diversity in all aspects and we are actively working to increase it with specific actions, so far focused specially in increasing gender balance. Since its foundation, the Diversity Committee has worked to 1) disseminate the importance of diversity to the IBE community, 2) analyze the situation at IBE, and 3) propose specific measures to correct those tendencies that are negative.

Thanks to measures proposed by this committee the IBE external committee has now 2 female researchers when it had none before, and the rate of female speakers in our IBE seminars went from 19% in 2013 to 50% in 2017. Moreover, in 2017, we organized a gender awareness day, Women in Evolution, which mixed state of the art science made by highly recognized female scientist with a debate on gender bias in science.

Coordinators: Elena Casacuberta and Iñaki Ruiz

Student group

The IBE student group is an organization formed by all PhD and Master students conducting research at IBE. It was created in 2012 to provide the IBE student community with a forum for students to share their experience and express their worries, and also to actively contribute to our doctoral training, and to ensure adequate working conditions for current and future students.

Our mission:

  • Representation, to be a common voice for the student community;
  • Integration, by establishing active communication channels within the different areas of the institute and introducing new student to the institute, its members and its organization;
  • Participation, enhancing active participation in the institute's activities and taking part in some of the institute's decisions;
  • Education, by organizing courses, book/journal clubs, seminars, and symposia.

The IBE Student Group holds regular monthly meetings, and has two student representatives (elected annually, gender-balanced). IBE Student Group Representatives as of 2018: Clàudia Fontserè and Aitor Serres.