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.

Call for 2 Post-doc Fellowships for Climate Change Research

Call for 2 Post-doc Fellowships for Climate Change Research.

Spain: Industry sides with science

Organizations of the industry, and associations connected to R+D+i express their support towards research, backing the petition of the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu alliance (SOMMa) which advocates in favour of the political class acting to clear the administrative problems currently affecting science in Spain.

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.

Se prevén niveles de polen altos para esta primavera

 Investigadores de la Red Aerobiològica de Catalunya del ICTA-UAB y del Departamento de Biología Animal, Biología Vegetal y Ecología de la UAB han presentado hoy las previsiones de los niveles de polen y esporas en la atmósfera en Catalunya para la primavera y el verano.

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.

Global climate treaty easier to negotiate if guided by Human Development Index

A study by ICTA-UAB concludes that agreements against climate change would be more attractive to rich countries if they were analyzed taking into account the Human Development Index, instead of GDP.

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.

Bolivian Amazon on road to deforestation

Amazon biodiversity hotspot to suffer even more “alarming” losses after contentious law passed, according to a study involving ICTA-UAB researchers.

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.

ICTA-UAB researcher Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

ICREA researcher at ICTA-UAB Victoria Reyes- García has been graced with a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the development of a project aimed at bringing insights from local knowledge to climate change research.

Research to study the health effects of forests

The ICTA-UAB, CREAF and the "la Caixa" Bank Foundation recently presented the project "Healthy Forests for a Healthy Society".

Launch of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence

​ The Secretary of State for R&D+i, Carmen Vela, chaired the kickoff meeting of the new Severo Ochoa and Maria Maeztu Alliance of Excellence.

EJAtlas Includes 2,100 Case Studies on Socio-Environmental Conflicts Around the World

The Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas), created by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), currently includes 2,100 cases of ecological distribution conflicts identified in different parts of the world.

Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

During the ice ages, an unidentified regulatory mechanism prevented atmospheric CO2 concentrations from falling below a level that could have led to runaway cooling, reports a study conducted by researchers of the ICTA-UAB and published online in Nature Geoscience this week.

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 WORKSHOPS FOR PhD STUDENTS

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)

 

FIRST YEAR COURSES

  1. Core Communication Skills and Time & Task Management for Scientists (CMM)
  1. Introduction to R - statistical computing (R-intro)
  1. Research Design (ResDes)

SECOND YEAR COURSES

  1. Advanced statistical computing using R (R-adv)
  1. Oral Presentations and Posters (OPP)
  1. Scientific Writing – The Why and How of Good Scientific Writing (ScWr)

THIRD YEAR COURSES

  1. Career Development: Beyond the Bench (CarDev)
 
FIRST YEAR COURSES

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

Next edition: 7-8 June 2018. From 10h to 18h. Room Z/023

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 - statistical computing, by Servei d'Estadistica Aplicada de la UAB

Next edition: TBA (June or September 2018). 12h

Workshop goals

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

Topics for this workshop

Session 1 Experimental design and introduction to R and RStudio

  • Basic concepts in experimental design: Reliability, Validity and Relevance.
  • Questionnaire design and data collection
  • Sample size calculation: How many do you need?
  • Introduction to R and RStudio
  • Installing R and the R libraries
  • Other alternatives in R: R-Comander and Deducer.

Session 2 Basic programming using R and data management

  • R objects, functions and scripts.
  • Database: import and export.
  • Validation of the database.
  • Merge / Restructure / Append databases.
  • Descriptive statistics.

Session 3 Statistical Inference

  • Statistical inference: confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.
  • Correlation and causality: spurious correlation.
  • Introduction to statistical modelling.

Session 4 Statistical Modelling

  • Linear Regression Model.
  • ANOVA and GLM.
  • Logistic regression Model.
 

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

Next edition: 25-26 September 2018 (tentative dates)

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
 
SECOND YEAR COURSES

(R-adv) Advanced statistical computing using R, by Servei d'Estadistica Aplicada de la UAB

Next edition: 10-12-17-19 April 2018. (10:00h to 13:00h; 12h total). Room Z/023

Workshop goals

To provide students with advanced modelling tools in R  

Topics for this workshop

Session 1: Basics in Statistical Modelling:

  • Introduction to the statistical modelling.
  • Linear Regression Model: definition and hypothesis.
  • R functions and interpretations results.

Session 2: General Linear Model:

  • Hypotheses and variables in the GLM.
  • Estimation of unknown parameters.
  • Goodness-of-fit and Residual Analysis.

Session 3: Logistic Regression Model:

  • Definition and context of the model.
  • Interpretation of parameters: Odds Ratio.
  • Goodness-of-fit.
  • Roc Curve: Area Under the Curve.

Session 4: Advanced Modelling:

  • Introduction to longitudinal models.
  • Introduction to mixed models.
  • Introduction to Generalized Linear Models.
 

(OPP) Oral and Poster Presentations, by ThePaperMill

Next edition: 25-26 April 2018. From 10h to 18h. Room Z/023

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
 
THIRD YEAR COURSES

(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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