Manel Brullet and Albert de Pineda
approx. 3.5 km
117 x 74 m
May 15, 2006
The seven centres located in the park conduct science of excellence in a wide diversity of fields, with a critical mass of 1,400 people hailing from 54 different countries, an accumulated R&D budget of approximately 80 M€ per year and cutting-edge scientific equipment. This allows us to explore, in a unique building, the most relevant questions in life sciences and biomedicine today, from the molecular up to the populational perspective. The physical connection of the PRBB with the Hospital de Mar next door also provides an excellent insight into clinical reality.
This “factory of the future” produces knowledge that will be of the utmost importance for medicine in 20 or 30 years time. Each day we strive to remain competitive and incorporate scientific talent from the top American and European centres, meaning currently more than 37% of the scientific community is foreign. Our organisational model is cooperative, with common spaces that facilitate the interrelationship between the centres as well as having shared advanced scientific-technical services. The animal facility of the park is outstanding and considered to be one of the most modern in Europe, as are other services in the centres such as the advanced light microscopy, proteomics and flow cytometry units.
We extend our thanks to the Government of Catalonia, Pompeu Fabra University and Barcelona City Council who made this initiative a reality in 2006. And also to you, for your interest in and support for science and biomedical research.
More information: PRBB Performance Report 2014; PRBB Performance Report 2013
Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute
"We effectively connect basic research with clinical reality in the attached university hospital."
Founded in: 1947
Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University
"We invest in the education of future top scientists and offer an interdisciplinary PhD programme entirely in English."
Founded in: 1998
Centre for Genomic Regulation
"Our challenge is to understand the genomic basis of disease to improve quality of life."
Founded in: 2000
The seven independent research organisations located in the PRBB form an inter-institutional coalition and are connected to one another via the open-plan layout. They focus on investigation into human health and biomedicine in a building that promotes synergies and collaboration.
Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona
"We want to understand the basic mechanisms of initial development and organogenesis and find applications for treating degenerative diseases."
Founded in: 2004
Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology
"We identify environmental determinants of human health and facilitate the prevention and control of these exposures."
Founded in: 2006
Pasqual Maragall Foundation
"Our mission is to support and encourage scientific research in the field of Alzheimer's and neurodegenerative diseases for the prevention, treatment and cure of these illnesses."
Founded in: 2009
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
"We study the processes and mechanisms that generate biodiversity and try to understand the genetic basis of the difference among species and within species."
Founded in: 2008
Employees: 123 (63 CSIC + 60 UPF)
The members of the PRBB community enjoy being located in one of the best places to carry out biomedical research in Europe. They are young, very competitive and from all over the world. 1,393 residents were registered in 2014 (1,379 in 2013), retaining the international flavour, with 26% hailing from abroad, the figure rising to 36.6% for the research staff. The non-natives come from 54 different countries with the Italians taking first place (79), followed by the Germans (38) and then the French (28). Once again the Indian residents have raced up the leaderboard with 20 people, taking again fourth place in the country rankings.
The PRBB Consortium manages and maintains the park and its facilities. It also manages the animal facility as a scientific service. The research centres pay for the rent of space in relation to area and type, as well as for various services in the park. The park receives no structural subsidies.
The PRBB coordinates together with the centres various working groups and committees (scientific sessions, occupational health, information technology, waste, etc.). It also promotes synergies and inter-institutional collaboration whilst respecting the individual identities and autonomy of the centres.
The governing council is the board of rectors which includes representatives from the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council and Pompeu Fabra University and is chaired by the Catalan Minister for Economy and Knowledge. The PRBB Consortium is headed by the General Director, Jordi Cami, and General Administrator, Marga Sala.
Andreu Mas-Colell - President
Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Catalan Government
Ada Colau Ballano - Vice-president first
Mayor of Barcelona
Jaume Casals Pons - Vice-president second
Rector of the Pompeu Fabra University
Josep Maria Martorell i Rodon - Vocal
General Director of Research of the Catalan Government
Carles Constante i Beitia - Vocal
General Director of Planning and Health Research of the Catalan Government
Olga Tomàs i Huerva - Vocal
General Director of Heritage of the Catalan Government
Carlos Alberto González Svatetz - Vocal
Representative of the Barcelona City Council
Gemma Tarafa i Orpinell - Vocal
Health Commissioner of the Barcelona City Council
Francesc Posas Garriga - Vocal
Vice-Chancellor of Scientific Policy of the Pompeu Fabra University
Ester Castellnou i Sardà - Secretary
Director of Legal Services at PRBB
The PRBB building located on the seafront is impressive, with avant-garde architecture and fitting perfectly into the environment. At 55,000m2 it is also one of the largest buildings in Barcelona.
The available land adjacent to the Hospital del Mar was small. In order to accommodate all the facilities within a suitable space, the architects Manel Brullet and Albert de Pineda designed the building with a fluid geometry, no classical front views and appearing weightless. The elliptical and conical shape of the building, the exterior façade of which does not reach the ground, reinforces the sensation of a floating structure.
The visible part of the building, with its façade of wood and glass, is suspended above the ground. The structure is supported by 110 metal clamps on the deck. Only 40% of the structure is supported by traditional concrete cores. In the courtyard, at first floor level, is the auditorium, a structure containing 150 tons of steel and equipped with 250 seats. Mirror-like, the roof of the auditorium is covered by a sheet of water filling the central space with light and movement.
The four seafront floors of the park building sweep landwards and upwards towards the city reaching a total height of nine storeys, as well as there being three underground levels and a ground floor. All are arranged in a horseshoe shape around the central courtyard. The wooden façade constructed of red cedar controls the sunlight and streamlines the structure.
The PRBB is at 100% occupation and there is no space currently available for renting.
Building surface area
Linear laboratory benches
Manel Brullet and Albert de Pineda
approx. 3.5 km
117 x 74 m
May 15, 2006
Project co-financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science within the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2004-2007 (number PCT-090100-2005-6)
Project co-financed by the European Union. European Regional Development Fund (FPRB05-34-001)
In the PRBB we are committed to sustainability and environmental friendliness. Therefore we run campaigns and take definite action so the whole community of the park becomes aware of procedures and uses the tools available to achieve the overall objective. Activities also include collecting proposals and establishing clear lines of communication through the internet portal for residents “PRBB Inside", social networks and via email.
Scientific activity is energy intensive. Small changes in our habits can lead to long-term benefits without needing to stop carrying out research at the highest level. Turning off lights and computers whenever possible and adjusting the thermostat in the office or lab according to official guidelines are some of the recommendations we are trying to apply to move towards a more sustainable park.
The PRBB Waste Management Guide adopted by all the centres outlines the basis for the proper handling, segregation and treatment of waste.More information: PRBB Waste managment guide.
The PRBB is located on Barceloneta seafront between Hospital del Mar and the Arts Hotel in the Olympic Port of Barcelona.
Barcelona, located on the Mediterranean coast of north-eastern Spain, is one of the most important cities in Europe and the centre of a large metropolitan area of more than 160 cities with a total population of around 5 million people. It is the economic, cultural and administrative capital of Catalonia.
Since the 90s, Barcelona has topped the ranking for the best quality of life for workers in Europe (European Cities Monitor 2011). It has a mild climate, a high number of sunshine hours, beaches, culture, a network of 4,500 educational institutions, a modern and accessible health system, and beautiful landscape surrounding the city. It is also has an easy-to-use public transport network.
The Bioregion of Catalonia is the most dynamic in Spain and stands out for its work into clinical and human health. There are 90 research centres and more than 400 life sciences groups. The main topics studied are genomics, cell reprogramming, oncology, nanomedicine and cardiovascular diseases.
22% of all Spanish biotechnology companies are located in Catalonia, while 45% of Spanish pharmaceutical companies are Catalan, including the largest in the sector: Almirall, Esteve Ferrer, Grifols, Lacer and Uriach. The Spanish pharmaceutical industry is the seventh largest in Europe in terms of production volume.
More information: The biotechnology industry in Barcelona
Unique research infrastructures
The supercomputer Mare Nostrum (Barcelona Supercomputing Center BSC), the National Centre for Genome Analysis (CNAG) and the Synchrotron ALBA-CELLS, are three of the European reference research infrastructures found in Barcelona and surroundings. The BSC is currently participating in the development of the European PRACE project, which is developing one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe.
A network of university hospitals
The Barcelona area has a great network of teaching hospitals, including Hospital Clínic, Hospital de Bellvitge, Hospital Vall d'Hebron, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Hospital Sant Joan de Deu, Hospital del Mar and Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol. In certain areas these centres are international leaders, in fields ranging from basic to applied research and clinical diagnostics.
The PRBB is a member of Biocat, the Bioregion of Catalonia, and Barcelona Global, as well as APTE and XPCAT, the respective Spanish and Catalan associations of science and technology parks. The PRBB is also a member of Barcelona Global which helps to facilitate all aspects of non-academic life for the foreign community.