Call for 2 Post-doc Fellowships for Climate Change Research

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

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers to address 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) organizes its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

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.

1ST ICTA-UAB SPRING SYMPOSIUM

1ST ICTA-UAB SPRING SYMPOSIUM.

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.

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.

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.
Education
PhD in Environmental Science and Technology

The PhD in Environmental Science and Technology is a UAB program adapted to the new European Higher Education Area (EHEA), leading to an EU officially recognized doctoral degree. The PhD candidate develops a doctoral dissertation supervised by at least one member of ICTA's staff while an internal scientific committee monitors her/his progress annually. ICTA allows PhD students to have co-supervisor(s) from other Spanish or international research institutions.

Degree and Learning Outcomes

Students will obtain a PhD degree from UAB, recognized all across the EU. No dedicated training is provided to students but they have the chance of attending MEISAES, JEMES CiSu or other UAB courses to improve her/his theoretical and methodological skills. The PhD program is aimed at setting the intellectual foundations of prospective academic scholars, ensuring that they develop a detailed knowledge of their field of study and writing skills to publish in internationally renowned scientific journals, to write books and to prepare research grant proposals. The PhD program also equips PhD candidates with critical thinking, writing and presentation abilities that can be of substantial value in other job markets, including but not only NGOs, public administration, multilateral organisations and businesses where environmental issues are of paramount importance. Students are expected to present in ICTA's Seminars and in international academic conferences during their period of study.


Funding and Eligibility

The PhD in Environmental Science and Technology does not have a funding program of its own. Therefore, our PhD candidates are funded by the following sources: ICTA-managed projects; government scholarships; multi-lateral research organisations; and research foundations. The first type is employed after competitive open calls for project posts -with vacancies advertised at ICTA's website and circulated nationally and/or internationally. The others have first approached an ICTA scholar to discuss her/his research ideas and, after obtaining such support, they have prepared an application to the correspondent funding body (and been subsequently successful).

 
Requirements

The PhD in Environmental Science and Technology welcomes candidates with diverse education backgrounds and from anywhere in the world. However, prospective applicants should be aware that ICTA's senior staff is limited in number and very often is not available for supervision due to time and administrative constraints. Holding at least one MSc degree from an internationally recognised institution is mandatory and candidates should show proof that they have excelled in the MSc, for example through essay-writing, publication record and/or prizes. High competence in written and spoken English is preferable, insofar as most social interactions at ICTA are in English and outputs of the dissertation should be written in English for international peer-reviewed journals.


Further Information
Coordination support

Cristina Durán Díez
Phone: +34 93 586 8626
Adreça electrònica: doctorat.icta@uab.cat

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