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.

New ICTA-UAB map shows success, concerns and challenges of the transition away from fossil fuels and coal industry in Australia

Resistance against massive coal-mining in Australia and a growing movement for a ‘just transition’ from fossil fuels have enjoyed some success but face massive challenges, as shown in a new map developed by researchers from the international ACKnowl-EJ project of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)  and the Australian Environmental Justice (AEJ) research team at the Centre for Urban Research (RMIT University.

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".

Blockadia map by ICTA-UAB reveals global scale of anti-fossil fuel movement

A new interactive map by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) reveals the worldwide impact of resistance direct actions by people putting their own bodies in the way of fossil fuel projects.

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.

Green gentrification can limit the favourable effects of green areas on health

A scientific research conducted by ICTA-UAB and IMIM suggests that more socially disadvantaged neighbours do not benefit equally from the effects newly created green areas have on health.

Oil contamination in the Amazon modifies chemical composition of rivers

A scientific study by the ICTA-UAB and ISS-EUR quantifies the environmental impact of oil extraction activities and contamination in headwaters of the Amazon.

ICTA-UAB researchers alert that oil palm plantations produce infertility in tropical lands

Oil palm plantations are replacing 40% of tropical forests and 32% of basic grain crops, according to an ICTA-UAB research conducted in Guatemala.

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.

The New Theory of Economic “Agrowth” Contributes to the Viability of Climate Policies

 ICTA-UAB researcher Jeroen van den Bergh publishes in Nature Climate Change a study in which he proposes a new economic theory compatible with the fight against 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.
Education
Joint European Master in Environmental Studies: Cities and Sustainability

The Joint European Master in Environmental Studies: Cities and Sustainability (JEMES CiSu) is offered by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg (Germany; coordinating institution), Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal) and Aalborg University (Denmark). These four leading European universities have joined forces to provide an integrated, state-of-the-art technological and management education.

JEMES CiSu is particular in its interdisciplinary character, the close link between practical and theoretical components, the project character of many courses, the research-based thesis and the "shift of perspective" all students have to undergo during training. In its two streams, Environmental Technology Engineering and Environmental Management Engineering, JEMES CiSu interweaves technological and management education, research-based courses and intensive practical exercises on a high academic level. Students start in one stream, do the second semester in the other and then decide in which direction to specialize. The last semester is entirely devoted to thesis research.

The program enables students to profit from the specific expertise available at each partner university. Language of education is English. A distribution of 50% third country and 50 % European students is intended. Staff mobility is an integral part of JEMES CiSu. The duration of the program is 2 years (120 ECTS).

Degree and Learning Outcomes

Students will obtain a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies jointly awarded by all four universities. The joint degree will be recognized in all partner countries and in the EU. Training will provide students with a solid and broad scientific background in the field and important abilities and qualifications such as problem solving, teamwork, management of complex environmental processes, analytical competency, high intercultural awareness, excellent communication skills, fluency in English and knowledge of other European languages, plus a network of valuable contacts.

Employability

By bringing scholars and students from all over the world together in a rich and challenging international study program with tailor made pathways, real-world experience and profound research knowledge, JEMES CiSu trains prospective European and overseas environmental specialists whose sound education in innovative technologies and management strategies will enable them to treat environmental problems from an interdisciplinary point of view. Training considers the needs in developing as well as in industrialised countries. Graduates will successfully handle all major aspects of their professional field and have an extensive overview of new developments and future trends in the area. Graduates will enjoy privileged access to prominent enterprises and institutions in the in public and private sector worldwide.

Requirements

JEMES CiSu offers a scientific and theory-oriented education on a high academic level and with strong emphasis on project work to highly motivated students. A joint committee with representatives of each university selects the students competitively. Applicants have to hold a good undergraduate degree with relevance to environmental studies, must submit a personal motivation statement and recommendation letters. To ensure proficiency in English, a TOEFL score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT) or 79 (IBT) is required. Equivalent tests will be accepted.

Further Information
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Email: jemes.icta@uab.cat
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