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.
Exhibition on Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Economy at ICTA-UAB

Date: 2017-04-20



From 21 April to 5 May, the entrance hall of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) will be displaying the exhibition "Simbiosi Industrial: revaloritzem els recursos sobrants" (Industrial Symbiosis: revaluing spare resources). The exhibition focuses on the promotion of collaborative economy. The exhibition is an initiative by the city councils of Sabadell, Sant Quirze del Vallès and Barberà del Vallès whose objective is to improve, through symbiosis, the efficiency with which resources are used in companies. The itinerant exhibition will be on display together with a sample of projects conducted by the research groups at ICTA-UAB which focus on the different perspectives of symbiosis and circular economy. 

Symbiosis is a business strategy directed at improving efficiency in the use of resources, reducing the cost of production processes, increasing benefits, and minimising the generation of residues through the commercial exchange of surplus or by-products and the sharing of actives, logistics and experiences. Considering today's economic crisis and shortage of natural resources, the concept of industrial symbiosis related to a circular economy and industrial ecology presents itself as an important opportunity to improve on economic efficiency, environmental sustainability and business competitiveness. 

The exhibition  forms part of the agreement signed by the city councils of Sabadell, Sant Quirze del Vallès and Barberà del Vallès as part of the programme "Territoris en simbiosi: Polígons d'activitat econòmica" (Territories in Symbiosis: economic activity estates). 

It includes a set of good practices and examples of activities conducted by companies in the Vallès Occidental region. The ICTA-ICP building is one of these cases. Since October 2014, this building meets high energy efficiency standards and reflects the open and transparent work environment that is characteristic of this institute. The building was made using renewable and recycled materials, and includes LED lights and rainwater for its irrigation system and grey waters, as well as a geothermal system which minimises the energetic consumption levels needed for the air conditioning and heating systems. 

As part of the Fertilecity Project ( and from a circular economy perspective, the ICTA-ICP building also has a rooftop greenhouse, where the Urban Agricultural Laboratory (LAU) is located. This is the first rooftop greenhouse to be fully integrated into the building. This integration facilitates an exchange of energy, water and CO2 between the building and the greenhouse which results in an increase in the efficiency of  both systems. 

In the past twenty years, the UAB has strived to promote and conserve the natural environment, saving water and energy, and applying ecological criteria to all requests for tender, management of water, and in many other sectors of the university. Industrial symbiosis concepts have been introduced, first in PhD programmes and then in graduate programmes, where the university offers specialisations in industrial ecology. 

The UAB is currently 14th worldwide and 1st in Spain according to the GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities, published by the University of Indonesia. The ranking compares the efforts made towards sustainability and eco-friendly management policies put into practice by universities from around the world.  In 2015, the UAB campus was awarded recognition by the London-based journal DesignCurial, a leading publication in the architectural and design sector. It ranked the UAB as the world's most ecological university based on sustainable architecture criteria, the use of innovative “green” technologies and on other ecological initiatives carried out by higher education institutions.

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