Annual report 2022
One year more we have continued to attract talent, especially at the international level, and to generate an increasing number of high-impact publications.
During 2022 we have maintained the quality of our studies and we continue to be the marine research centre with the highest Nature Index at the national and Mediterranean level.
In addition, Stanford University has included 13 in-house scientists in its annual ranking of the most influential scientists, which lists the names of the 2% most cited research professionals in the world.
One of the most important milestones of this year has been the incorporation of an unprecedented number of permanent scientific staff. In this regard, the ICM now includes eight full scientists, two research professors and one additional research scientist. Moreover, nine researchers have been promoted to a higher level.
We have also remained committed to attracting young talent, promising new researchers who will lead our research in the future. In total, during 2022, 11 doctoral students and 20 postdoctoral researchers have been incorporated from competitive public calls as demanding as the Ramon y Cajal, Marie Slkłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships, Juan de la Cierva, or Beatriu de Pinós grants. We have also supervised numerous doctoral theses and final degree and master’s degree projects.
For their work on the development of a diversification model that explains how marine biodiversity has evolved over the last 500 million years.
Within the framework of the ‘ICM Cares’ programme, the centre offers its staff training and mentoring programmes to contribute to their professional development and to their critical and independent thinking.
During 2022, the MARINA mentoring programme has been launched, with 14 pairs of mentor-mentees. The ICM Cares training programme offered 18 courses attended by 130 people.
We have also continued to hold the traditional “Friday Talks”, weekly conferences in which the latest developments in marine sciences are shared. These talks are live streamed and available on our YouTube channel.
The Equality Task Force has implemented the ICM Gender Equality Plan, a document approved in 2021 that aims to advance in the achievement of effective equality between women and men. The Plan includes several actions aimed at promoting the participation, recognition and research initiatives of women at the ICM.
Among the actions implemented this year, the following stand out: the creation of an Assistant Deputy Directorate for Equality; a gender-equal management team; the publication of a specific Guide for Inclusive Communication for the centre; the presentation of the Protocol for the Prevention and Detection of Cases of Sexual Harassment and Harassment for Reasons of Sex at the ICM and the appointment of the persons of reference who will deal with these cases; as well as an institutional declaration of zero tolerance towards gender-based violence and violence for reasons of sex.
Finally, the implementation of good practices has continued, such as the establishment of criteria to ensure that the allocation of funds from internal calls for proposals is gender-sensitive.
We have continued to increase the number of publications following the trend of previous years and have maintained their impact index. Likewise, the percentage of women leading the authorship of research has risen to 41%, getting closer to the gender parity.
Multidisciplinarity is one of the keys to the ICM’s excellent results. In this sense, the centre has experts in most areas of marine research that allow it to carry out cutting-edge research.
In 2022, our campaigns have been fully reactivated to deepen our understanding of the ocean conservation status and contributing to the improvement of its health and the management of the resources it provides.
In total, our colleagues have spent 698 working days embarked on 17 oceanographic campaigns and 878 days embarked on coastal campaigns.
The creation of the associated Deputy Directorate of Internationalisation and Science Diplomacy has boosted relations between the ICM and other institutions, especially at the international level, which has contributed to the projection of the centre at a global level.
During 2022 we kept on prioritising transfer and collaborations with different actors and sectors related to marine research. In this sense, co-governance actions have been carried out with the public, different companies and administrations with the aim of valuing and exploiting the results of our research and contributing to improving the ocean’s well-being and, ultimately, that of the planet.
Will lay the foundation for co-creating and co-implementing the research and innovation needed to achieve the Horizon Europe Mission “Restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030”. The ICM is involved in a number of tasks, and is also coordinating the “Supporting networks and networks involving citizens” task.
In terms of external funding, in 2022 we have achieved exceptional results. We managed to raise almost €15 million in competitive funds, exceeding the 2021 figure by €3 million. Of this €14 million, half came from international competitive funding sources, with special relevance to our participation in the Horizon Europe programme.
Year after year we are increasing our income. In 2022, around 60% comes from external and competitive funds.
At the ICM we understand ocean literacy as part of our social commitment. For this reason, the Marine Science Literacy task force has now an associated deputy-director through which we aim to promote public knowledge and appreciation of the ocean.
In terms of outreach activities, the production of the documentary “Relats del Canvi Global. Capítol I: Delta de l’Ebre“, a piece on how the inhabitants of the Ebro Delta have adapted to the changes caused by the climate crisis in recent decades.
On 8 June (World Ocean Day), more than 250 pupils walked through the streets of the Barceloneta neighbourhood, transformed for a day into sea currents to celebrate the “Ocean Barceloneta Gymkhana“.
In addition, the PlànctON project has generated an interactive website and various educational resources to deepen the knowledge of the invisible world of marine microorganisms.
The ICM’s longest-running citizen science platform, Observadores del Mar, celebrated its tenth anniversary and consolidated as a reference platform with the support of CSIC marine research centers.
The “Biomarató-Platges amb vida” has expanded throughout Europe and Barcelona City Council has been able to add a layer of fish to its Biodiversity Atlas thanks to the data provided by MINKA citizen science platform.
This year we remained very present in the media and on social networks, where we already have more than 16,000 followers, 43% more than in 2021.