Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

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.
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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