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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Two ICTA-UAB researchers awarded the PhD Extraordinary Award

Date: 2017-11-23

Two ICTA-UAB former researchers received on Friday, November 24, the PhD Extraordinary Award for their doctoral thesis developed during 2013-2014 within the PhD programme in Environmental Science and Technology. The IV award ceremony took place at the Auditorium of the Faculties of Arts and Psychology.

François Diaz Maurin received the award for his dissertation entitled "The Viability and Desirability of Alternative Energy Sources: Exploring the Controversy over Nuclear Power" directed by Dr. Mario Giampietro and Dr. Jesús Ramos Martín. The thesis provides a new perspective on the controversy of nuclear energy technologies.

François is now a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow and Nuclear Security Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University. His research at Stanford University focuses on the issue of the long-term management of nuclear waste.

Eva Sevigné Itoiz was recognised for this dissertation entitle "Potential savings of resources and greenhouse gas emissions from waste management: a case study of Spain in the global economy" directed by Dr. Joan Rieradevall, Dr. Xavier Gabarrell and Dr. Carles Martínez Gasol. Eva is now a researcher at the Centre for Environmental Policy (Imperial College London). 

The award, delivered by the School for Doctoral Studies together with the UAB Alumni Association of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, demonstrates the appreciation for the effort and dedication of young researchers and their contribution to the generation of knowledge and advance in the different areas of our University. ​The award consists of a competitive call among the researchers whose doctoral thesis received the qualification of excellence "Cum Laude" from the tribunal.

The main value of the UAB is its human capital and the new doctors are an essential element for the continuation of excellent lines of research. That excellence is based on the quality of the PhDs as a distinctive indicator.

Thesis
Diaz-Maurin, F. (2013). The Viability and Desirability of Alternative Energy Sources: Exploring the Controversy over Nuclear Power. Ph.D. Dissertation presented at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. October 2013.
http://www.fdiazmaurin.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/PHDTHESIS_FRANCOISDIAZMAURIN.pdf

Sevigné-Itoiz. E. (2014). "Potential savings of resources and greenhouse gas emissions from waste management: a case study of Spain in the global economy". Ph.D Dissertation presented at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. June 2014
http://www.tdx.cat/bitstream/handle/10803/284057/esi1de1.pdf;jsessionid=93674BA2FB2B8F09519CB939C638729E?sequence=1

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• Welcome and presentation by the academic secretary of the Doctoral School, Dr. Victòria Nogués.
• Words of the Rector of UAB, Dr. Margarita Arboix.
• Words of the director of the Doctoral School and UAB Research and Transfer vice-rector, Dr. Armand Sánchez.
• Words of the president de la Academic Committee of the UAB Social Council, Dr. Moisès Amorós Perich.
• "What does a doctor like you do in a world like this?", presentation by Dr. Assumpció Malgosa Morera, Professor of the Physical Anthropology Area of the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology, and coordinator of the PhD program in Biodiversity.
• Delivery of PhD Special Prize Awards.
• Performance of the Choir of the UAB.
• Words of Dr. Laura Castañar Acedo, Special Prize Award in Chemistry, representing doctors who receive the award or certificates in this ceremony.
• Delivery of PhD degree certificates.
• Gaudeamus igitur, by the Choir of the UAB.

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