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.

Candidates invited for 3 postdoc and 5 PhD student positions in ERC project of Prof. Jeroen van den Bergh

Prof. Jeroen van den Bergh’s project “Behavioral-evolutionary analysis of climate policy: Bounded rationality, markets and social interactions” (EVOCLIM), awarded with a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant, offers three postdoc positions (two of 5 years and one of 3 years) and five PhD research positions (each 4 years).

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.

ICTA-UAB to study the sustainable use of soil and natural resources in the framework of the COUPLED program

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) will be awarded half a million euros in the framework of the COUPLED program, a European innovating training network.

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.

¿Son los Pirineos una barrera real para el transporte atmosférico de polen?

Los resultados del estudio llevado a cabo por Jordina Belmonte y Concepción de Linares, investigadoras expertas en botánica de la UAB, constatan que el polen de abedul, una de las especies principales de plantas que causan alergia en Europa Central y del Norte.

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.

Map Commemorating Women’s Resistance to Extractivism and Defense of Life and Territory in Latin America

A map created by researchers at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), the Latin-American Network of Women Defending Social and Environmental Rights and the Colombian NGO CENSAT-Agua Viva Friends of the Earth Colombia makes visible the struggles of women in Latin America against mining and in defense of life.

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.

More Urban Green Needed in Barcelona to Have Positive Effects on Environmental Quality and Wellness

A PhD dissertation by Francesc Baró, from ICTA-UAB, quantifies and maps the benefits of urban and periurban green in Barcelona such as the improvement of air quality, climate change mitigation and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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.

Social Relations, Success in Hunting and Good Health, Sources of Happiness for Indigenous People

Rural and indigenous people from the Global South push absolute income into the background as source of wellbeing.

More than One-Third of the Population Would Stop Economic Growth to Achieve Sustainability

A study by researchers of the Institut of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) assesses Spanish public opinion on economic growth, the environment and prosperity.

The ICTA-UAB Will Assess, in Collaboration with EU Staff, the Effectiveness of EU Sustainability Policies

The EU Project MAGIC (H2020) coordinated by the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has the goal to study and develop new strategies for a better use of science for governance.
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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