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Periodic Report Summary 1 - IMPULSE (CRG International Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme in Life Sciences)

ImPuLSe is an International Fellowship Programme for talented young researchers in Life Sciences supported by the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and FP7 Marie Curie Actions – People 2013 COFUND Programme. The Programme aims at enabling outstanding junior scientists of all nationalities to develop a competitive research project in life sciences at CRG,thus promoting the transnational mobility and career perspectives of young scientists in Europe. Fellows benefit from an exciting international scientific environment and an integrated training programme, including access to state of the art infrastructure , lectures and seminars, specialised scientific and technological courses, complementary skills training and career development activities, postdoctoral symposia and retreats, as well as social activities. The selection of the fellows is merit-based, founded on international peer review in an open and transparent selection procedure.
The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is one of the top Spanish biomedical institutes (SCImago 2014, Q1). Created in 2000 by the Catalan government and the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF), it is located in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), a cluster for biomedical research which includes several other biomedical research institutions and more than 1000 researchers. The goal of the CRG is to promote basic research in biomedicine, focusing in particular on the study of the human genome and its role, in the regulation of the development and functioning of the organism, and the application of the results in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. It is unique in its international composition (>65% at all levels) and partnership with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Beyond excellence in research, the CRG provides cutting-edge facilities and advanced training.
Currently, the CRG has 30 research groups distributed between 4 interrelated programmes: Gene Regulation, Stem Cells and Cancer, the interests of this program span from mechanisms of gene expression and epigenetic regulation to the molecular basis of cellular decisions involved in tissue homeostasis and cancer. Cell and Developmental Biology, the aim of the Cell and Developmental Biology programme is to understand the mechanism of cell compartment, division. Bioinformatics and Genomics, Research groups in the Bioinformatics and Genomics programme use computation to understand the encoding of biological information in the sequence of genomes and its relationship to human health. Systems Biology, Research groups of the EMBL-CRG Systems Biology Programme are interested in the global quantitative understanding of biological systems, developing models that capture biological complexity and have predictive value.
ImPuLSe fellows join the CRG International Postdoctoral Programme, which currently hosts more than 100 postdocs supported by internal and competitive funding from highly prestigious institutions. Fellows benefit from a broad range of high profile CRG/PRBB seminars and conferences with invited speakers and internal seminars (such as data and journal clubs) and practical training courses. Complementary skills and career development courses are provided by the successful Career Development Programme INTERVALS open to PRBB residents. The courses offered range from grant and scientific writing to leadership, methodology of biomedical publications, job opportunities in science related sectors and intellectual property. Additional non-scientific courses are also offered by the CRG language courses, biosafety training and the first edition of a course on scientific poster making in 2015. The training offer is being expanded in 2015 to scientific and technological courses, as well as career development and complementary skills.
During the first 2 years of the programme, 2 calls were launched to cover 12 positions; 7 positions were awarded in the first call (2014) following the recommendation by the external evaluation panel. The call received 59 applications (over 20 nationalities).
The second ImPuLSe call in 2015 attacted 58 applications for 5 positons. 5 postdoctoral contracts were awarded by the external panel. In 2015, postdocs at the CRG have organized the sixth edition of the CRG Postdoctoral Symposium (1 October 2015) and the annual retreat (10 & 11 December 2015).

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