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.

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.
Esdeveniments
Course: ‘Sensitivity analysis, sensitivity auditing and beyond’

Date: 2017-02-06 / 2017-02-08

Course: ‘Sensitivity analysis, sensitivity auditing and beyond


Advanced course directed towards PhD-candidates and postdoctoral fellows in quantitative sciences and in particular fields of research that produce evidence for public policy and decision making. Students from both the natural sciences, social sciences and health sciences are welcome.

The course moves from hard - mathematical modelling, number crunching and the benefits of sensitivity analysis, to soft - issues in the use of numbers in policy, passing by sensitivity auditing, an approach to the appraisal of model – generated evidence in adversarial settings. The course is useful for all students who either do or plan to do some modelling and to use model generated inference to tackle practical issues linked to social or environmental problems. The course stresses the non-neutrality of any technique, and the links between quantification and policy. 


Date: February 6- 8, 2017
Location: ICTA-UAB 
Trainers: Andrea Saltelli
Duration of lessons: 4h (3+1) 10.00-13.00 + 15.00-16.00 practicum
Deadline for applications: January 30th 2017

The course is free but places are limited.


Programme

- Monday 06.02.17
Lesson 1: Sensitivity analysis
Why most published sensitivity analysis are wrong; Good practices; A bit of calculus; Why sensitivity analysis helps to anticipate criticism; The case of the Stern Review; The secrets of sensitivity analysis;

Practicum on some elementary computation of sensitivity measures


- Tuesday 07.02.17
Lesson 2: Sensitivity auditing
The seven rules with illustrations; NUSAP; Quantitative story telling against hypocognition & Socially constructed ignorance; Decalogue of the diligent quantifier;

Practicum with example of frames


- Wednesday 08.02.17
Lesson 3: Ethics of quantification
Absurdities from the world of numbers; Science: is there a crisis? Causes and remedies; Why Quantify? Quantification and trust; Evidence based policy and its opposite; Evidence and power; Evidence as the currency of the lobbies; Plain cases of corruption; Evidence and the end of facts; Ancien regimes; The origins of the Cartesian dream; Climate blues and climate wars; 

Practicum with group discussions.

 

Supporting Material

Lesson 1
Saltelli, A., Ratto, M., Andres, T., Campolongo, F., Cariboni, J., Gatelli, D. Saisana, M., Tarantola, S., 2008, Global Sensitivity Analysis. The Primer, John Wiley & Sons publishers.

Saltelli, A., D’Hombres, B., Sensitivity analysis didn't help. A practitioner's critique of the Stern review, 2010, Global Environmental Change, 20, 298-302.  

Saltelli, A., Annoni, P., 2010, How to avoid a perfunctory sensitivity analysis, Environmental Modeling and Software, 25, 1508-1517.  


Lesson 2
Saltelli, A., Funtowicz, S., 2014, When all models are wrong: More stringent quality criteria are needed for models used at the science-policy interface, Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 2014, 79-85.

Chapter 2 in: Benessia, A., Funtowicz, S., Giampietro, M., Guimarães Pereira, A., Ravetz, J., Saltelli, A., Strand, R., van der Sluijs, J., 2015, The Rightful Place of Science: Science on the verge, Published by The Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.


Lesson 3
Chapter 1 in: Benessia, A., Funtowicz, S., Giampietro, M., Guimarães Pereira, A., Ravetz, J., Saltelli, A., Strand, R., van der Sluijs, J., 2015, The Rightful Place of Science: Science on the verge, Published by The Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

Audio-visual material: Workshop on responsible quantification, with videos.

 

Register here

 

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