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.
Special seminar: “The EDCs story: the downfall of an EU policy?”. By Angeliki Lyssimachou

Date: 2017-02-16

Special seminar: “The EDCs story: the downfall of an EU policy?”

By, Angeliki Lyssimachou, PAN Europe

Date: Thursday 16th February 2017
Time: 12.30h
Venue: Room Z/033 ICTA UAB 

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals present in our environment and everyday products able to alter the normal function of the hormonal system and give rise to health disorders and disease in organisms, including humans. EDCs are particularly dangerous if exposure takes place during the early life stages, when the organism is still under development. With endocrine-related diseases on the rise -such as breast and prostate cancer, cognitive disorders, reproductive disorders, infertility, obesity and diabetes- in 2009 the EU decided to regulate the use of these chemicals and protect human and environmental health, starting with pesticides. After all, some of the most documented cases of endocrine disruption in wildlife are due to pesticides exposure. The only element missing was a set of scientific criteria to identify which chemicals are EDCs, which the European Commission had deliver by 2013. Not only the Commission missed its deadline, but due to intense industry lobbying mainly by the chemical industry and trade sector, it decided to change key elements of the Pesticide regulation and regulate as little EDC pesticides as possible, if any. This presentation aims to highlight the urgency to regulate human and environmental exposure to EDCs and give an insight in the power of corporations and industry lobbying.

Angeliki Lyssimachou is an environmental scientist/toxicologist with more than 12 years of experience in the research field of endocrine disruption in aquatic ecosystems. She has an MSc in Applied Marine Science and a PhD in Environmental Science/Ecotoxicology and has worked as a researcher in different laboratories across Europe. The last 6 years, she has been actively involved in issues related to social ecology, pollution and environmental policies. Since 2014, she works for Pesticides Action Network Europe (PAN Europe), in Brussels, which is the regional centre of a global network of organisations working together to replace the use of harmful pesticides with ecologically friendly alternatives. In PAN she works on toxicity issues related to pesticide exposure and runs the political campaign to ban endocrine disrupting pesticides. 

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