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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.

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.

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;jsessionid=93674BA2FB2B8F09519CB939C638729E?sequence=1

• 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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