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CRG, Barcelona is holier-than-thou

Here are the threats of legal persecution I’ve got from CRG, Barcelona, signed by Managing Director Bruna Vives on behalf of the Centre and Luis Serrano, CRG Director, of course. Look at the Centre for Genomic Regulation at their finest in intimidating and disrespect.
My notes are below the copies (clickable to enlarge).

CRG, Barcelona: job and threats after they have interrupted a work contract, page 1, in English, by Bruna Vives
CRG, Barcelona: job and threats after they have interrupted a work contract, page 2, in English, by Bruna Vives
Spanish version:
CRG, Barcelona: job and threats after they have interrupted a work contract, page 1, in Spanish, español de Bruna VivesCRG, Barcelona: job and threats after they have interrupted a work contract, page 2, in Spanish, español de Bruna Vives
  1. Here we have a classical actus reus.
  2. This threatening from CRG, Barcelona under the claim to keep «professional secrecy» (are these people even sane?) and «confidentiality», i.e. the claim to keep silence about their excellence in research misconduct, followed by these threats where I’m named as «and / or» doing even something «criminal», — looks like fit of anger unless just laughable. They are supposed to represent a Spanish intellectual elite, aren’t they?
  3. Solely this claim to keep their threats confidential (see also the bottom of the pages) should be enough to launch the investigation on the activity of the top employees of CRG, including here-below mentioned favorite of Luis Serrano, CRG Director (ah, all right… she’s supposed to be on the top anyway…).
  4. NDA (appendix to the work contract) I signed, concerned the contract in force or expired.
    My contract is not expired or in force: it was interrupted (terminated — as they’ve recognized it themselves in their threat) by CRG, Barcelona due to alleged disobedience to another employee who was not even my immediate superior, the latter was silently dismissed from being such, excluded from the working process and substituted by incompetent, but badly ambitious and quite passively aggressive Director’s favorite, Maria Lluch Senar, as a «co-leader» of the project with so peculiar correspondence style (how come that such individuals can even get MS and even PhD in Spain?)

  5. I was slandered and mobbed by this M Lluch-Senar, CRG staff scientist (intensively supported by her patron, Luis Serrano, CRG Director in whatever she’s been saying about me) several times, she announced me that I’d be dismissed anyway the very next day after she was set as my boss by Luis Serrano.
    Luis Serrano was persistently coercing me, in written too, to talk only alone with his favorite (who by the way is craving for a PI position and her henpecked is desperate to help her).
    I called for CRG’s Conflict Resolution Committee, which has completely ignored my complains and followed Luis Serrano‘s non-negotiable instructions forcing me to recognize scientific authority of his favorite, who persistently lied about my personality, aggressively refusing to get or accept any technical reasoning out of her competence.
    Moreover. She was misleading me with data sources and urging me to work with erroneous data concocted by herself.
    I said no.

    I was given «24 hours» to confirm my response.
    I was fired by the end of the same week.

  6. CRG was already clearly told off about the neglect of their duty and reputation — they have completely disrespected the words of the conciliation officer, they have even refused to present themselves directly on the hearing.
    They had given no care to their reputation then and now suddenly they have decided to take care about it, starting with threats, apparently from the bottom of their hearts and their notion of what the (academical) culture is. Surely they don’t just perform only a bare money laundering using their positions in Spanish science.
    Now they claim that one of their former, thrown out on the streets, employee is damaging their «honour» or «reputation» even «with the intention».

    Bruna Vives, CRG, Barcelona: shameful performance of responsibility
      Dear CRG, Luis and Bruna,

    • If it’s possible for you to put a word «or» between «honour» and «reputation» which you claim you have (after you have lied so dishonourably) — then, obviously, only an upper authority could explain you something about what honour and reputation are: it seems you’re still uncertain about these entities. No wonder you have failed to keep them intact.

      You did it on your own.

      No one has forced you to behave like you have.

      Paraphrasing Bertolt Brecht («Vertrauen wird dadurch erschöpft, daß es in Anspruch genommen wird»), your honour and reputation begin to vanish the very moment you claim you have them damaged the way you do it, — especially after you were utterly unable to display at least a minimum respect to your employee, let alone the kind of integrity you have shown as pertinent to you.

      My story is just a shadow on the sand in the background of your behaviour and culture. I’m too small comparing to your own self-exposure.
      «We trust that your knowledge, skills and experience will be among our most valuable assets» — remember the text of your offer? — you gave no respect to any of thus enumerated (by your own) qualities. That’s why the only point you could use to attack me with your misconduct was a «discipline».
      Which is ridiculous since you do not have any notion of what it is.
      Not to mention work ethics.
    • I don’t damage your «honour or reputation» as you claim «with the intention».
      I speak out, that’s it.
    • And of course I would only greet an independent open investigation of your professional activity and of its compliance with your own Code of Good Scientific Practice.
      Even then I doubt that it could depreciate your significance and self-worth acquired with such diligence by your so creative advertising of your excellence, with your passionate appeal for money throughout your much more conspicuous networking, connections, pulls and of course… well… social network accounts. Just don’t stop disseminate food & drinks for your subscribers and sponsors as you used to do it: to make sure they would love your excellent science.
      And, Bruna, seriously… I am so sorry, but having known now the story of your appointment, this your threatening burofax speech looks like a sincere coming out, especially when it’s read in Spanish. But of course, of course, it’s not how it looks like.

Given the whole story I reckon that the above text is not too harsh and I apologize if someone’s sensitive feelings are touched, —
Katerina aka Catherine

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Plain summary of what happened in CRG, Barcelona

Here are some notes of a computer scientist’s experience who was very near to get a TBI while working with Maria Lluch, CRG‘s staff scientist.
The latter has been promoting her scientific career servicing to Luis Serrano, CRG Director for his private needs, which, however extraneous or ugly it may look like, hands down should not be whoever else’s business unless well-being of another persons and research integrity were drastically affected and put in a shambles.

In previous posts you can see mainly inside description (with the copies of emails and other documents) of the working and firing process performed within the walls of «an international biomedical research institute of excellence» — i.e. CRG, EMBL outstation in Barcelona: the torture of mobbing and lies with yet hardly believable outcome lasted for several months.
(Court hearing is scheduled for the end of Jan, 2018 as this is in Spain, so very apt country for misconduct being unabated).

The only excuse for so direct summary of what happened is that the nature of Maria Lluch-Senar’s job at CRG and peculiar success is of no secret within those walls, also due to quite open demonstration of her deep connection, way far to be really intellectual, with her patron accompanied by «the closest person, his right hand, she can get fired anyone» (indeed! not to mention full access to CRG director‘s desktop…), so forth interesting confessions and blatant research misconduct.

Scientific misconduct is not uncommon in Spain
It’s worth to mention, that all this shame is silently supported and even sponsored with millions of € grants both by EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and ERC (European Research Council)

Docs & Emails of the case on GitHub

How a Computer Scientist was illegally fired from CRG (Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona)
for disobedience to the Director’s favorite Maria Lluch Senar
Director:  Luis Serrano Pubul
Lab: Design of Biological Systems (Serrano lab)
Project: Mycoplasma DB for MycoSynVac / ERC funded
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