Human Resources



As at 31 December 2019, the IMIM Foundation is managing 719 people, of whom 305 have a direct employment contract with the Foundation. The rest correspond to personnel from other institutions that form part of the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and that, through the agreement signed between all the institutions of the Institute on 17 June 2009 and subsequently ratified on 15 July 2014, are managed by the IMIM Foundation.

The following table presents the composition of the IMIM, accredited as a Healthcare Research Institute by the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) in the year 2014.

Distribution of Instituto IMIM personnel according to the programme to which they belong and the function they perform (31/12/2019)

Distribution of Instituto IMIM personnel according to the programme to which they belong and gender (31/12/2019)


The 719 people correspond, in addition to the 305 employed by the IMIM Foundation, to the professionals employed by the PSMAR and to the contribution from the UPF to the Institute with 4 groups (Dr R. Maldonado, Dr M. Pastor, Dr L. A. Pérez-Jurado and Dr O. Valverde), as well as the contribution of two groups from the UAB (I. Anguelovski and O. Vilarroya) and from the Barcelona Beta Research Center (J. L. Molinuevo).


Over the course of the year 2019, several people have left the management area due to retirement. In preparation for these retirements, a call was made for applications for a merit-based recruitment process to fill the following positions:

Human Resources Director, Head of General Services, and Head of Quality Service (the latter has been temporarily filled by internal promotion).

In parallel, in the month of July 2019, Dr Joaquim Bellmunt formally communicated his resignation from his post as IMIM Director. Temporarily, and following approval by the IMIM Foundation Board of Trustees on 4 October 2019, Jordi Martínez, the PSMAR’s Director of Innovation and Digital Transformation, temporarily took over the Director’s management functions.

2nd Plan for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men 2018-2021

In the month of June 2019, the Management Committee and Board of Trustees of the IMIM Foundation approved its 2nd Plan for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men 2018-2021.

This Plan, drawn up and agreed by an Equality Committee made up of equal numbers of workers’ and Institution representatives, was born with a twofold objective: firstly, to continue providing a response to the institutional commitment of advancing towards an Institution free of any form of discrimination between men and women as expressed in the year 2013, with the drafting of what became the 1st Plan for Institutional Equality and, secondly, to continue complying with the Catalan, Spanish and international legislative framework which involves the commitment of ensuring that the right to equality and to non-discrimination of men and women is made effective in all spheres of personal and professional life.

The IMIM signs the charter committing to gender equality in Catalan medical research

This year, the IMIM has signed the charter committing to equality in Catalan medical research, within the framework of the first Health Sciences Gender Summit, organised by the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) and the Health Department of the Catalan Government in collaboration with the “la Caixa” Foundation.

The Commitment Charter, signed by the directors and representatives of the Catalan health research centres and institutes, includes twelve commitments to put an end to gender inequality in the research system in Catalonia, with measures relating to equal salaries for the same responsibility and professional level, eliminating obstacles that prevent women from advancing in their scientific career, and promoting changes in the organisational culture to eliminate systemic barriers or stereotypes. A work plan has also been defined that will be developed over a year in order to accelerate women’s progress and leadership in this area.

Compulsory working hours register (Royal Decree-Law 8/2019, of 8 March)

March 2019 saw the publication of Royal Decree-Law 8/2019, of 8 March, on urgent measures for social protection and against precarity in working hours, which, among others, establishes measures on the obligation of having a register of working hours for all men and women workers. This measure, of obligatory compliance, has represented the development and improvement of the system of the pre-existing attendance check that already exists, in order to adapt it to the requirements established in the aforementioned Royal Decree-Law.

The new system entered into force at the Institution on 13 May 2019 and its implementation was carried out in various trial phases in order to guarantee that the definitive system responds to the regulations in force.





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