The Highly Cited Researchers Ranking and the World’s Top 2% Scientists Ranking list the most cited and most influential researchers in the scientific community. As every year, the cutting-edge research of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) centers is evident in these lists. Let’s take a look!
Highly Cited Researchers Ranking
The Highly Cited Researchers Ranking, elaborated by Clarivate since 2001, gathers the 1% of scientists of the last decade who, with the publication of highly cited articles, show their great influence in the research community. In the 2020 edition, Web of Science data obtained between 2011 and 2021 have been analyzed, classifying a total of 6,938 researchers from 69 countries in a total of 21 categories. And among them, we find staff from PRBB centers:
- Mireia Gascón, associate research professor at the Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) makes her debut in the ranking by appearing for the first time in the Social Sciences category.
- Payam Dadvand and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen also from ISGlobal are back in the list. This is the third year that Payam is included in the Cross-Field category, which includes influential researchers in various fields. And it is the fifth year that Mark is included in the Environment and Ecology and Social Sciences categories.
- Roderic Guigó, group leader at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and professor at the UPF, who had previously appeared in the ranking also in the Cross-Field category.
- Jordi Alonso and Joaquim Bellmunt, researchers at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) are again on the list for the seventh and third consecutive year in the Cross-Field and Clinical Medicine categories.
World’s Top 2% Scientists
It is estimated that there are approximately 8 million active scientists in the world. And Stanford University collects data from Scopus to list in the World’s Top 2% Scientists ranking the 2% most cited authors in the world, dividing them into 22 disciplines. To make this ranking, they use various parameters that prioritize impact over productivity, such as co-authorship, the author’s position in the article or self-citations, which are eliminated.
This year, over 50 researchers from the different PRBB centers are included in this list, among which we highlight: Laura Furlong, one of only three female scientists in the state in the Biotechnology category, about twenty members from IMIM (such as Joan Albanell, Esther Barreiro or Jordi Mestres), ISGlobal (such as Elisabeth Cardis, Judith Garcia-Aymerich, Jordi Sunyer or Martine Vrijheid), CRG (Mara Dierssen or Luis Serrano), MELIS-UPF (such as Fernando G. Benavides), EMBL-Barcelona (such as James Sharpe), or IBE (CSIC, UPF) (such as Xavier Bellés or Carles Lalueza-Fox) and even the director of PRBB, Jordi Camí.
EMBO Young Investigator Programme
The EMBO Young Investigator Programme recognizes 24 group leaders who have been in independent positions for less than four years and who have an extensive track record of scientific achievement. This recognition is associated with financial support that, over four years, will allow them to develop their laboratories. It will also allow them and their teams to be part of a support network where they can establish connections with other laboratories and EMBO members.
Of the 177 candidates who applied to this call, only 24 researchers have been selected, among them two from the CRG: Lars Velten, for his work in the study of the hematopoietic system, and Arnau Sebé Pedrós, for his studies on the evolution of the genetic regulation of different cell types from a phylogenetic perspective.
Congratulations to all of them!