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.

Se prevén niveles de polen altos para esta primavera

 Investigadores de la Red Aerobiològica de Catalunya del ICTA-UAB y del Departamento de Biología Animal, Biología Vegetal y Ecología de la UAB han presentado hoy las previsiones de los niveles de polen y esporas en la atmósfera en Catalunya para la primavera y el verano.

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.

Global climate treaty easier to negotiate if guided by Human Development Index

A study by ICTA-UAB concludes that agreements against climate change would be more attractive to rich countries if they were analyzed taking into account the Human Development Index, instead of GDP.

1ST ICTA-UAB SPRING SYMPOSIUM

1ST ICTA-UAB SPRING SYMPOSIUM.

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.

Bolivian Amazon on road to deforestation

Amazon biodiversity hotspot to suffer even more “alarming” losses after contentious law passed, according to a study involving ICTA-UAB researchers.

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.

Scientists Alert of Swift Degradation of Marine Ecosystems and Grave Consequences for the Planet

A book edited by researchers from the ICTA-UAB, the UB, the CNRS and the IEO addresses the concept of "animal forest" and highlights the importance of the role seas and oceans have in combating climate change.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
News
Xavier Gabarrell, new director of the ICTA-UAB

Date: 2018-03-15

Xavier Gabarrell


Professor Xavier Gabarrell was recently appointed director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). Professor Gabarrell takes over from Professor Jordina Belmonte, who was the institute's director since 2012.

The new team is composed of Prof Jordi Garcia Orellana as Secretary; Prof Antoni Rosell Melé, Deputy Director of Postgraduate training and Phd Coordinator; Prof Giorgos Kallis, responsible for the Scientific career. Patrizia Ziveri, director of the María de Maeztu Excellence Unit; Antònia Casellas, coordinator of the master SAES, and Maria Rosa Rovira, coordinator of the master JEMES have also joined the team.

The main objective of the team is to achieve a better quality of life for the development of research at the ICTA-UAB, and among the goals which have been set during its mandate, the team highlights the definition of the scientific career and continuing with the attraction of talent programmes with the aim of retaining and consolidating professional careers. The team is committed to adaptive and co-responsible governance, and to the empowerment through work in committees, transparency in the decision-making process, smooth management of the Institute and increased internal communication. The team aims to take better advantage of the synergies with the other units and departments of the university, as well as with other institutes and the Parc de Recerca.

Xavier Gabarrell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (Industrial Chemistry) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a PhD in Biotechnology (1995). He is professor of Chemical Engineering and former director (2003-2006) of the ICTA-UAB. He is head researcher of the research group on sustainability and environmental protection (SosteniPrA, SGR). His research in the Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, and in the ICTA over the past 15 years has focused on environmental biotechnology (waste treatment by fungi, etc.), as well as on industrial ecology, urban sustainability indicators, sustainability, material flows of energy crops, environmental protection, waste management and environmental assessment to firms.

Jordina Belmonte will continue developing her scientific work at the ICTA-UAB through the research group "Aerobiology, entomology, atmospheric transport and health" and as professor of the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (BABVE). The ICTA-UAB community expresses its gratitude for the work she has developed over the years.

 

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