Excellence in Human Resource management for researchers
IMDEA Water Institute fully endorses the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter & Code). This two documents, with its 40 principles, contain recommendations concerning the responsibilities and obligations of researchers, employers and funders as regards four themes: Ethical and professional aspects, Recruitment (open, transparent and merit based), Working conditions and social security and Training.
The European Commission recognizes with the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' the institutions which make progress in aligning their HR Policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customized HR strategy.
IMDEA Water received the official acknowledgement from the European Commission for excellence in Human Resource management for researchers in 2010, being the first Spanish institution to receive this official and important acknowledgement and to be entitled to use the logo "HR excellence in research", becoming part of a growing group of institutions accredited with this distinction (479 organizations in April 2019).
"HR Strategy for Researchers" is a mechanism to support the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers by research institutions. This helps increasing their attractiveness to researchers that would identify them as a stimulating and favourable working environment. IMDEA Water has adhered to the principles set out in the Charter and Code and is committed to efforts to ensure the sustained enhancement of its human resources policies. Also, and being fully aware of the importance of the integration of newcomers, IMDEA Water provides information and assistance regarding relevant issues for researchers when planning to move to Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).
IMDEA Water commits to HR Strategy that will be reinforced during the coming years in order to implement the principles considered in the Charter & Code. Progress on the implementation of the HR strategy with its action plan is reflected in the self-assessment report elaborated for the periods 2012-2014 & 2014-2016 and in the updated one for 2018-2020 that has been adapted to the strengthened process (click in the figure below to see the HRS4R procedure chart).
The working group for the implementation of the action plan is participated by: Rafael Irastorza (General Manager), Juana Sanz (RTD Manager), Belén Barroeta (Scientific communicator), Raffaella Meffe (Researcher), Carolina Guillén (Laboratory technician) and José Ángel Gómez (Projects Manager).
In the framework of the Charter & Code, the European Commission designed the OTM-R package, a set of practical and useful tools for implementing Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment practices (OTM-R), supporting research institutions during their recruitment processes. IMDEA Water's OTM-R Policy is aligned with these practices.
On 3 March 2015, the European Commission hosted a conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Charter and Code. The first two hundred Deans and Rectors from universities and research institutes (incluiding IMDEA Water) to have implemented the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers received the ‘HR Excellence in Research' Award for their efforts to create attractive working conditions for researchers in Europe.