Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Invitation for a participation in a Panel at the SHE XIII International Conference, Lisbo

Date: 2018-02-05

SHE Conference

Are you interested in going to the XIII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology in Lisbon? ICTA-UAB researchers Victoria Reyes-García, Mar Cartró-Sabaté and David García del Amo are organizing a panel on Citizen Science and Participatory Research. If you are interested in making a presentation in this panel, send them your abstract by 30th March! You will receive an answer from them the 30th March.

XIII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology-“Navegating complexity: Human-environmental solutions for a challenging future”

​Lisbon 7-10 July 2018

Panel proposal: Using Participatory Research and Citizen Science to understand socio-environmental issues

Organizers: Victoria Reyes-García,  Mar Cartró-Sabaté, and David Garcia-del-Amo

In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on research approaches aiming to give non-professional scientists an active role into research dealing with socio-ecological issues. In the global south, researchers working with conservation and development issues have tried to bring Indigenous Peoples and local communities into research design and implementation largely by training them in data collection and discussing research results with them. In the global north, citizen science projects involve citizens in the collection and analysis of environmental data (e.g., temperature, egg hatching events) often oriented to address socio-ecological concerns. These approaches have the potential to bring insights from different knowledge systems to our understanding of socio-ecological issues. In this panel, we aim to bring together researchers and practitioners using information from different knowledge systems in socio-ecological research to share their experiences.  Presentations should address one of the following issues: 1) how participatory research advances our understanding of socio-ecological issues, 2) what are the advantages and disadvantages of participatory research versus other tools, 3) different types of non-scientists participation in research (e.g., monitoring, co-enquiry), and 4) social impacts of participatory processes (e.g., changes in power issues). 

If you are interested in presenting a paper in this panel, please send or an e-mail with the names of the authors, the title of the presentation, and a 200-words abstract by 30th March. The 30th March you will get our answer. The panel proposal will then be presented to the SHE conference organizers.

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