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.



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".

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.

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.
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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