Empowering women to tackle energy poverty in the Mediterranean

An international project led by the ICTA-UAB, Engineers without Borders Catalonia (ESF), and the Catalonia Energy Research Institute (IREC) contributes to address energy supply problems in 1,500 households in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

Global fisheries could alleviate a global food emergency in extreme situations

A new international study argues that, if managed sustainably in advance, global fisheries could alleviate food shortages even after a nuclear war.

Tackling shocking decline in nature needs a ‘safety net’ of multiple and ambitious goals

Researchers from the BC3, ICTA-UAB and the University of La Laguna evaluate the criteria of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Restoring 30% of the World’s Ecosystems in Priority Areas Could Stave Off More than 70% of Projected Extinctions

A new report in Nature involving ICTA-UAB demonstrates that this measure would allow the absorption of nearly half of the carbon built up in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution.

Diet of pre-Columbian Societies in the Brazilian Amazon Reconstructed

A new study shows that hunting and agroforestry management, and not fishing, were the foundations of subsistence economy for pre-Columbian societies in the Amazon coast of Brazil.

Wildlife conservation undermines the rights of indigenous people and local communities in India

A new EJAtlas map launched by the ICTA-UAB denounces that the current model puts growth and gains before human lives and the nature it is intended to protect.

Ocean Warming and Acidification Effects on Calcareous Phytoplankton Communities

A new study led by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that the negative effects of rapid ocean warming on planktonic communities will be exacerbated by ocean acidification.

ICTA-UAB economist Joan Martínez Alier wins the Balzan Prize for Environmental Challenges

Economist Joan Martínez Alier from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology  of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the winners of the 2020 Balzan Prize in the category of "Environmental Challenges: Responses from the Social Sciences and Humanities".

Indigenous People Essential to Understanding Environmental Change

An international research involving ICTA-UAB scientists shows how local and indigenous knowledge can help manage ecosystems and wildlife.

New publication in the MAGIC project takes a critical look at circular economy

With the world’s attention focussed on COVID-19, issues that were in the forefront of public concern just a few months ago seem to have magically disappeared.

Economic Benefits of Protecting 30% of Planet’s Land and Ocean Outweigh the Costs at Least 5-to-1

First-of-its-kind report involving ICTA-UAB researcher shows the global economy is better off with more nature protected.

ICTA-UAB awarded the "María de Maeztu” Unit of Excellence Award for the second consecutive time

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been accredited a Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence Award for the second consecutive time by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Proyecto experimental de agricultura urbana, local y tradicional en Sabadell

El ICTA-UAB y el Ayuntamiento de Sabadell constituyen la comunidad FoodE, que reúne a todos los actores implicados en el sistema de producción alimentaria de la ciudad y en esta iniciativa.

What do we breathe when in the forest?

For the first time, a study characterizes the forest chemistry of the air under the canopy of a Mediterranean holm oak forest and detects maximum concentrations in July and August.

Catalonia's Scientific Contributions to Fighting Covid-19

Sixty ICREA researchers, including Isabelle Anguelovski of the ICTA-UAB, lead more than a hundred research activities on Covid-19.

Academia in the Time of COVID-19: Towards an Ethics of Care


Computer Platform Gives Visibility to Catalonia's Small Villages

A research team from the UAB, in collaboration with the Association of Microvillages of Catalonia, has created a Geographic Information System (GIS) for Active and Sustainable Hamlets (GISASH), which gathers information on the state of and services offered by the more than 330 municipalities in Catalonia with fewer than 500 inhabitants.

Environmental justice defenders victims of violence and murder

Grassroots movements halt environmental degradation in up to 27% of environmental conflicts worldwide, according to a study by the ICTA-UAB.

Technological changes and new low-carbon lifestyles, key to mitigating climate change impacts

In order to mitigate climate change impacts and achieve a more sustainable society, it is necessary to transform the current energy system based on fossil fuels into a model based on renewable energies.

Exploring climate change impacts through popular proverbs

Members of an irrigation community doing maintenance work in an acequia de careo (irrigation canal built at the top of the mountain) to improve the circulation of water for irrigation and human consumption.

Neolithic vessels reveal dairy consumption in Europe 7,000 years ago

Pottery from the site located in Verson (Francia) analysed during the research (Picture by Annabelle Cocollos, Conseil départemental du Calvados ou CD14 publicada en Germain-Vallée et al.

Economic growth is incompatible with biodiversity conservation

A study involving more than 20 specialists in conservation ecology and ecological economics highlights the contradiction between economic growth and biodiversity conservation.

Power struggles hinder urban adaptation policies to climate change

Transformative actions implemented by cities to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change may be hindered by political struggles for municipal power.

Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

The ICTA-UAB begins a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean to collect dust and smoke samples from the fires of tropical Africa deposited in marine sediments.

Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy).

Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

‘Climate clubs’ offering membership for sub-national states, in addition to just countries, could speed up progress towards a globally-harmonised climate change policy, which in turn offers a way to achieve stronger climate policies in all countries.
Excelencia Maria de Maeztu

ICTA-UAB has developed a total of 7 workshops aimed at improving PhD students’ productivity, communication and transferable skills. These courses complement UAB´s PhD program of compulsory courses. The workshops are funded by the María de Maeztu program.

How to register: If you are a PhD student at ICTA-UAB, you will be contacted by the PhD coordinator with information on the registration process. If you would like to attend a course that does not correspond to your year please contact us.

If you have any questions or would like more information you can contact Pere González pr.mdm.icta@uab.cat or Maria Pastor maria.pastor@uab.cat.

**Subscribe to the calendar** To make sure that you have up-to-date information about the workshops and other activities, please subscribe to the Google calendar.

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  1. Core Communication Skills and Time & Task Management for Scientists (CMM)
    1. Next edition: TBA.
  1. Introduction to R - statistical computing (R-intro)
    1. Next edition: 28-29-30 October 2019.
    2. To register, fill in this form.
    3. Registration deadline: Monday, 14 October 2019.
  1. Research Design (ResDes)
    1. Next edition: 25-26 September 2019.
    2. To register, fill in this form.
    3. Registration deadline: Wednesday, 11 September 2019.


  1. Advanced statistical computing using R (R-adv)
    1. Next edition: Spring 2020.
  1. Oral Presentations and Posters (OPP)
    1. Next edition: Spring 2020.
  1. Scientific Writing – The Why and How of Good Scientific Writing (ScWr)
    1. Next edition: 8-9 October 2019.
    2. To register, fill in this form.
    3. Registration deadline: Tuesday, 24 September 2019.


  1. Career Development: Beyond the Bench (CarDev)
    1. Next edition: 16-17 September 2019.
    2. To register, fill in this form.
    3. Registration deadline: Tuesday, 2 September 2019.

(CMM) Core Communication Skills and Time & Task Management for Scientists

Workshop goals

To provide training on important background skills for scientists, helping them to communicate effectively with peers, and to manage their time and workload effectively.

To help establish a cohesive group identity among the participants, as a basis for collaboration during the course of their PhD.

Topics for this workshop

  • Cohort building
  • Key concepts for effective communication
  • Task prioritisation
  • Planning your working day
  • How to set meaningful goals
  • Digital helpers for time and project management
  • Collaborative learning and instruction on conducting peer-mentoring activities.

(R-intro) Introduction to R and RStudio - Statistical programming with R --

Workshop goals

To give students a basic grounding in R as an essential tool for managing and analysing research data.

Topics for this workshop

Module 1 Introduction to programming in R and RStudio

  • Download, Installation and Maintenance of R, RStudio and additional packages
  • Introduction to the R Software and the RStudio Graphical user Interface (GUI)
  • Operation of the Workspace and Scripts

Module 2 Introduction to the Object Oriented Programming (OOP)

  • Data Import and Pre-processing
  • Basic Data Processing for Statistical Purposes
  • Introduction to the graphical package “ggplot2”

Module 3 Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA)

  • Advances features of graphical package “ggplot2”
  • EDA for Statistical Purposes
  • Assumptions of Linear Models: Normality, Heterogeneity, Independence

Module 4 Statistical Data Analysis

  • Introduction to Linear Models
  • Examples and details of (ANOVA, ANCOVA, Linear Regression)
  • Student work on (their own) projects
  • Presentation of results and final discussion

(ResDes) Research Design

Workshop goals

To train students in sound research design, especially for social science research, in asking good research questions, and selecting appropriate methods for research. To train students in gathering the necessary knowledge to understand what it means to do research with qualitative and quantitative data, how these approaches differ from one another, and how they complement each other in advancing knowledge.

Topics for this workshop

  • Introduction to advanced scientific inquiry
  • Qualitative vs quantitative vs. spatial research
  • Problematising one's research and asking research questions
  • Developing theory and literature reviews
  • Operationalising one's research
  • Research ethics/integrity

(R-adv) Advanced Course of R and Rstudio

Workshop goals

To provide students with advanced modelling tools in R  

Topics for this workshop

Module 1: Programming in R and RStudio

Module 2: Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA)

  • Loading and Pre-processing of Datasets
  • Statistical Exploration of Data

Module 3: Univariate Statistical Analysis (USA)

  • Linear Models: (1) Analysis of Variance (ANOVA); (2) Linear Regression (bivariate ); (3)Multiple Linear Regression and ANCOVA
  • Generalized Linear Models: (1) Logistic Regression; (2) Poisson Regression
  • Additive and Generalized Additive Models: (1) Bivariate Regression; (2) Multiple Regression

Module 4: Multivariate Statistical Analysis (MSA)

  • Statistical Exploration of Data: (1) Biological / Species Data; (2) Environmental Data; (3) Transformations
  • Unconstrained Ordination: (1) Principal Component Analysis (PCA); (2) Non-metric Multidimensional Scaling (nMDS)
  • Constrained Ordination: (1) Redundancy Analysis (RA); (2) Canonical Correspondence Analysis (CCA)

(OPP) Oral and Poster Presentations

Workshop goals

To introduce and explore key concepts in designing and delivering scientific posters and presentations, and to draft a poster and oral presentation on the participants’ work, and practice presenting them, in preparation for the upcoming ICTA’s Student Symposium.

Topics for this workshop

  • Relating to my audience and telling a story
  • Defining content and structure
  • Key concepts in visual communication
  • Focus on creating posters
  • Focus on creating slide presentations
  • Presenting your work – concepts and practice

(ScWr) Scientific Writing – The Why and How of Good Scientific Writing

Workshop goals

To help publishing scientists develop a more impartial, analytical view of scientific writing, to better understand their readership, and to make them more efficient writers and editors. To develop a deeper understanding of the structure of scientific papers, with a renewed focus on the purpose of each section and the connections between them.

Topics for this workshop

  • Anatomy of a paper – structure and connectivity
  • The reader
  • Embryology of a paper – planning and structuring your paper
  • Scientific writing in English – words, sentences, and paragraphs
  • Tools for scientific editing

(CarDev) Career Development: Beyond the Bench

Workshop goals

To give participants a competitive edge in the job market by developing the intellectual framework they need to make informed career choices, and to provide practical help for the application and selection process, both within and outside academia.

Topics for this workshop:

  • Skills, interests and values: why are you doing science and what for?
  • Identifying opportunities: mapping the job market for academics
  • Developing your competence profile: finding out and expressing what you’re good at
  • Decision making theory: how to make the right choices for the right reasons
  • Creating a competitive CV: how to get on the shortlist
  • The job interview: a clear framework to finding the right match
  • Taking action: tools and tips to kick off your career.
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