ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Tracking the battles for environmental justice: here are the world’s top 10

Today is World Environment Day. Environmental conflicts should not be seen as disruptions to smooth governance, fixable with market solutions, technology or police bullets.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

Droughts, floods and high temperatures derived from climate change are not the only threats that farmers with irrigated crops must face.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-UAB researchers.

Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

Scientists Alert of Swift Degradation of Marine Ecosystems and Grave Consequences for the Planet

A book edited by researchers from the ICTA-UAB, the UB, the CNRS and the IEO addresses the concept of "animal forest" and highlights the importance of the role seas and oceans have in combating climate change.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
Excelencia Maria de Maeztu

ICTA-UAB has developed a total of 7 workshops aimed at improving PhD students’ productivity, communication and transferable skills. These courses complement UAB´s PhD program of compulsory courses. The workshops are funded by the María de Maeztu program.

How to register: If you are a PhD student at ICTA-UAB, you will be contacted by the PhD coordinator with information on the registration process. If you would like to attend a course that does not correspond to your year please contact us.

If you have any questions or would like more information you can contact Pere González pr.mdm.icta@uab.cat or Maria Pastor maria.pastor@uab.cat.

**Subscribe to the calendar** To make sure that you have up-to-date information about the workshops and other activities, please subscribe to the Google calendar.

Google Calendar for the 2016/17 cohort (students that started their PhD in the 2016/17 academic year) (Google Calendar | iCal)

Google Calendar for the 2017/18 cohort (students that started their PhD in the 2017/18 academic year) (Google Calendar | iCal)



  1. Core Communication Skills and Time & Task Management for Scientists (CMM)
    1. Next edition: June 2019.
  1. Introduction to R - statistical computing (R-intro)
    1. Next edition: 15-16-17 October 2018.
    2. Registration open! To register, fill in this form.
    3. Registration deadline: Tuesday October 2.
  1. Research Design (ResDes)
    1. Next edition: 25-26 September 2018.
    2. Registration open! To register, fill in this form.
    3. Registration deadline: Tuesday September 12.


  1. Advanced statistical computing using R (R-adv)
    1. Next edition: April 2019.
  1. Oral Presentations and Posters (OPP)
    1. Next edition: April 2019.
  1. Scientific Writing – The Why and How of Good Scientific Writing (ScWr)
    1. Next edition: 10-11 October 2018.
    2. Registration open! To register, fill in this form.
    3. Registration deadline: September 26.


  1. Career Development: Beyond the Bench (CarDev)
    1. Next edition: Fall 2019.

(CMM) Core Communication Skills and Time & Task Management for Scientists, by ThePaperMill

Next edition: June 2019.

Workshop goals

To provide training on important background skills for scientists, helping them to communicate effectively with peers, and to manage their time and workload effectively.

To help establish a cohesive group identity among the participants, as a basis for collaboration during the course of their PhD.

Topics for this workshop

  • Cohort building
  • Key concepts for effective communication
  • Task prioritisation
  • Planning your working day
  • How to set meaningful goals
  • Digital helpers for time and project management
  • Collaborative learning and instruction on conducting peer-mentoring activities.

(R-intro) Introduction to R and RStudio - Statistical programming with R -- , by OneMind Data Science

Next edition: 15-16-17 October 2018. 22h total.

Workshop goals

To give students a basic grounding in R as an essential tool for managing and analysing research data.

Topics for this workshop

Module 1 Introduction to programming in R and RStudio

  • Download, Installation and Maintenance of R, RStudio and additional packages
  • Introduction to the R Software and the RStudio Graphical user Interface (GUI)
  • Operation of the Workspace and Scripts

Module 2 Introduction to the Object Oriented Programming (OOP)

  • Data Import and Pre-processing
  • Basic Data Processing for Statistical Purposes
  • Introduction to the graphical package “ggplot2”

Module 3 Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA)

  • Advances features of graphical package “ggplot2”
  • EDA for Statistical Purposes
  • Assumptions of Linear Models: Normality, Heterogeneity, Independence

Module 4 Statistical Data Analysis

  • Introduction to Linear Models
  • Examples and details of (ANOVA, ANCOVA, Linear Regression)
  • Student work on (their own) projects
  • Presentation of results and final discussion

(ResDes) Research Design, by Isabelle Anguelovski (ICTA-UAB)

Next edition: 25-26 September 2018.

Workshop goals

To train students in sound research design, especially for social science research, in asking good research questions, and selecting appropriate methods for research. To train students in gathering the necessary knowledge to understand what it means to do research with qualitative and quantitative data, how these approaches differ from one another, and how they complement each other in advancing knowledge.

Topics for this workshop

  • Introduction to advanced scientific inquiry
  • Qualitative vs quantitative vs. spatial research
  • Problematising one's research and asking research questions
  • Developing theory and literature reviews
  • Operationalising one's research
  • Research ethics/integrity

(R-adv) Advanced Course of R and Rstudio, by OneMind Data Science

Next edition: April 2019.

Workshop goals

To provide students with advanced modelling tools in R  

Topics for this workshop

Module 1: Programming in R and RStudio

Module 2: Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA)

  • Loading and Pre-processing of Datasets
  • Statistical Exploration of Data

Module 3: Univariate Statistical Analysis (USA)

  • Linear Models: (1) Analysis of Variance (ANOVA); (2) Linear Regression (bivariate ); (3)Multiple Linear Regression and ANCOVA
  • Generalized Linear Models: (1) Logistic Regression; (2) Poisson Regression
  • Additive and Generalized Additive Models: (1) Bivariate Regression; (2) Multiple Regression

Module 4: Multivariate Statistical Analysis (MSA)

  • Statistical Exploration of Data: (1) Biological / Species Data; (2) Environmental Data; (3) Transformations
  • Unconstrained Ordination: (1) Principal Component Analysis (PCA); (2) Non-metric Multidimensional Scaling (nMDS)
  • Constrained Ordination: (1) Redundancy Analysis (RA); (2) Canonical Correspondence Analysis (CCA)

(OPP) Oral and Poster Presentations, by ThePaperMill

Next edition: April 2019.

Workshop goals

To introduce and explore key concepts in designing and delivering scientific posters and presentations, and to draft a poster and oral presentation on the participants’ work, and practice presenting them, in preparation for the upcoming ICTA’s Student Symposium.

Topics for this workshop

  • Relating to my audience and telling a story
  • Defining content and structure
  • Key concepts in visual communication
  • Focus on creating posters
  • Focus on creating slide presentations
  • Presenting your work – concepts and practice

(ScWr) Scientific Writing – The Why and How of Good Scientific Writing, by ThePaperMill

Next edition: 10-11 October 2018. From 10h to 18h.

Workshop goals

To help publishing scientists develop a more impartial, analytical view of scientific writing, to better understand their readership, and to make them more efficient writers and editors. To develop a deeper understanding of the structure of scientific papers, with a renewed focus on the purpose of each section and the connections between them.

Topics for this workshop

  • Anatomy of a paper – structure and connectivity
  • The reader
  • Embryology of a paper – planning and structuring your paper
  • Scientific writing in English – words, sentences, and paragraphs
  • Tools for scientific editing

(CarDev) Career Development: Beyond the Bench, by ThePaperMill

Next edition: TBA (Fall 2019).

Workshop goals

To give participants a competitive edge in the job market by developing the intellectual framework they need to make informed career choices, and to provide practical help for the application and selection process, both within and outside academia.

Topics for this workshop:

  • Skills, interests and values: why are you doing science and what for?
  • Identifying opportunities: mapping the job market for academics
  • Developing your competence profile: finding out and expressing what you’re good at
  • Decision making theory: how to make the right choices for the right reasons
  • Creating a competitive CV: how to get on the shortlist
  • The job interview: a clear framework to finding the right match
  • Taking action: tools and tips to kick off your career.
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