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.
Bojos per la ciència-Natura


L’any 2013, la Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera va crear el programa Bojos per la ciència per a l’estímul del talent científic entre els joves. Dins d’aquest programa marc, el 2015 va néixer el curs de Natura, una proposta de l’Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). El projecte compta amb el suport i la col·laboració de diverses institucions científiques d'arreu de Catalunya així com de MónNatura Delta de l’Ebre i de l’Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà.

L'objectiu del curs Bojos per la ciència-Natura és promoure el coneixement del medi natural i de les tècniques d’estudi més actuals i entrar amb contacte amb els principals investigadors en la matèria.

El curs se centrarà en l’estudi del medi físic (climatologia, geologia i hidrologia) i dels diferents tipus d’organismes (fauna i flora) i sistemes (continentals, terrestres i aquàtics, i marins), en l’aplicació de les principals eines per a la gestió i la conservació de la natura i en la utilització de les tècniques de comunicació i de participació per transmetre al conjunt de la societat aquests coneixements.

Es combinaran les sessions teòriques amb la visita a laboratoris i centres de recerca de diverses institucions d'arreu de Catalunya i amb sortides de camp centrades en l’observació del medi natural i en el coneixement sobre el terreny dels principals projectes de recerca que hi tenen lloc.

El curs s'adreça a alumnes de primer de batxillerat interessats en l’estudi i la conservació de la natura i en aproximar-s’hi des d’una òptica i amb una metodologia científica. En determinats casos, també es preveu que hi puguin participar estudiants de segon de batxillerat.

Dades d'interès
  • Acte d’inauguració de Bojos per la ciència 2018: 12 de gener de 2018.
  • Data d’inici del curs: 3 de febrer de 2018.
  • Data de finalització del curs: 10 de novembre de 2018.
  • Horari: Dissabtes de 10 a 14 h; sortides de camp (2 sortides), dissabte tot el dia.
  • Número de places: 25.
Informació general del programa Bojos per la ciència
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