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.

The ICTA-UAB participated in the 100xCiencia.2 meeting in Alicante

The encounter, which was focused on the transfer of knowledge and technology, brought together representatives of 40 centres and research units “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu”, respectively.

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.

UAB scientists and citizens can identify Barcelona's allergy-causing plants with the new Plant*tes app

The UAB Point of Information on Aerobiology (PIA) presented its new Plant*tes app in Barcelona as part of the BArcelona City Council's project entitled "Ciència Ciutadana als barris".

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.

Unrestricted Improvements in Fishing Technology Threaten the Future of Seafood

A study conducted by ICTA-UAB researcher Eric Galbraith shows that future improvement of fishing technology poses a threat for the global fishery that could be greater than climate change.

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.

European Project to Analyse the Effects of Waste Generated by Tourism on Mediterranean Islands

An European study involving the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma e Barcelona will address and propose solutions to the effects of the increase of waste generated by tourism on Mediterranean islands during the summer season.

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.
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The UAB-CIE Sphere celebrated 10 years of the European Research Council

Date: 2017-04-03

Researchers from the UAB-CIE Sphere were part of the central event on 30 March at CRAG, held in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the European programme. The meeting highlighted the importance of innovative cutting-edge research which ERC has focused on throughout its 10 years of existence.

The event consisted of the presentation of four researchers from different areas of knowledge within the UAB-CIE Sphere, who spoke on their experience working in research with the support of the ERC: Isabelle Anguelosvki (Institute for Environmental Science and Technology ICTA-UAB), Ana Caño (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics), Mario Cáceres (Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine) and Marta Mas (Institute of Material Science of Barcelona). 

They and other researchers participating in a video displayed during the event all emphasised the fact that receiving a grant from the European Research Council represented an important recognition to their work and which had a highly positive effect on their career, given that it permitted them to focus more on the object under study and improve its quality, creating highly qualified work teams and managing projects more efficiently and with more time. It also provides their work with greater value internationally. 

The authorities attending the event highlighted the important task conducted by the council in the development of innovative and cutting-edge research excellence projects in Europe. 

Both UAB Rector Margarita Arboix and Vice-Rector for Research and Transference Armand Sánchez spoke on the commitment of the university with researchers receiving ERC grants and with all those interested in presenting projects. “Strengthening research excellence is one of the strategic axes of this governing team, because these types of projects help us have the potential to be leaders within the country's research system”, Vice-Rector Armand Sánchez stated. 

Arcadi Navarro, Secretary of Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia, described ERC as a tool with which to attract talent to Catalonia, given that almost half of the researchers of the country receiving programme grants had studied abroad, and he congratulated both the institutions and the researchers for their efforts and the good scientific results produced. 

Núria Sebastián, former Vice President of ERC, also spoke on the strategic vision of the council. “We aim to be faster than the future and give answers to challenges which might not yet have been posed”, she said. At the same time she highlighted the will to focus on substantial questions which can at the same time be easily implemented. 

Núria Sebastián also offered information on the effect the ERC programme has: twenty billion euros have been invested in all these years, representing 17% of the H2020 programme's budget, with around 50,000 people who have worked on or continue to work on ERC projects, over 100,000 publications related to these projects, and some 800 patents generated. 

Finally, Esther Rodríguez, Spain's National Contact Point, offered practical information on the participation of calls and the evaluation process. 

The event included the presence of Lluís Calvo, coordinator of the CSIC Delegation in Catalonia, and of José Luis Riechmann, director of CRAG. 

Promoting Excellence
The European Research Council was created in 2007 by the European Commission with the aim of promoting research excellence in Europe, through competitive funding programmes for researchers of all nationalities and areas of knowledge.

The ERC programmes (Starting Grants, Advanced Grants, Consolidator Grants and Proof of Concept) are open to the top researchers around the world wanting to conduct cutting-edge research in any of the EU member states or associated countries.

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