One Hundred ICTA-UAB Researchers to Address the Main Environmental Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

ICTA-UAB will host the 2nd Spring Symposium next May 16 and 17 at the UAB campus.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

Urban green spaces do not benefit the health of all

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

ERASMUS+ Edu-BioMed News: ICTA-UAB organizes workshops in Jabal Moussa and Shouf Biosphere Reserves (Lebanon) addressed to university...

From next April, 29th to May, 2nd, about 40 professors and professionals from the higher education institutions from Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, France and Italy will meet in two Lebanese Biosphere Reserves (Jabal Moussa and Shouf) to discuss how to improve Moroccan and Lebanese higher education and academic research in the context of Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves (BRs).

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé has been awarded an Advanced Grant (AdvGr) from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop the project "New geochemical approach to reconstruct tropical palaeo-atmospheric dynamics" (PALADYN).

Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

​The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could produce fresh, healthy and sustainable agricultural food and guarantee the food sovereignty of cities, which are becoming increasingly populated.

Se prevén niveles de polen muy altos para esta primavera

Las polinizaciones de esta primavera y verano comenzarán en el momento habitual pero serán muy importantes.

Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide: climate change drives rainfall extremes

More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, according a new study involving ICTA-UAB researcher Finn Mempel.

Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.

ICTA-UAB researcher Gara Villalba receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) announced the recipients of its Consolidator Grant competition: 291 top scientists across Europe.

The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

For the first time since its founding, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded approximately 1 million euros by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ funding scheme.

ICTA-UAB contributes to bridging science and society in the 100xCiencia.3

ICTA-UAB took part in the 100xCiencia.3 “Bringing Science and Society”, the annual event of the SOMMa Alliance held on November 15th at the CNIO in Madrid.

Citizens prefer landscapes that combine nature with built infrastructure

A pioneering study analyses the photographs shared by citizens in social networks to evaluate the aesthetic consideration of natural landscapes.

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.
Education
Joint European Master in Environmental Studies: Cities and Sustainability

The Joint European Master in Environmental Studies: Cities and Sustainability (JEMES CiSu) is offered by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg (Germany; coordinating institution), Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal) and Aalborg University (Denmark). These four leading European universities have joined forces to provide an integrated, state-of-the-art technological and management education.

JEMES CiSu is particular in its interdisciplinary character, the close link between practical and theoretical components, the project character of many courses, the research-based thesis and the "shift of perspective" all students have to undergo during training. In its two streams, Environmental Technology Engineering and Environmental Management Engineering, JEMES CiSu interweaves technological and management education, research-based courses and intensive practical exercises on a high academic level. Students start in one stream, do the second semester in the other and then decide in which direction to specialize. The last semester is entirely devoted to thesis research.

The program enables students to profit from the specific expertise available at each partner university. Language of education is English. A distribution of 50% third country and 50 % European students is intended. Staff mobility is an integral part of JEMES CiSu. The duration of the program is 2 years (120 ECTS).

Degree and Learning Outcomes

Students will obtain a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies jointly awarded by all four universities. The joint degree will be recognized in all partner countries and in the EU. Training will provide students with a solid and broad scientific background in the field and important abilities and qualifications such as problem solving, teamwork, management of complex environmental processes, analytical competency, high intercultural awareness, excellent communication skills, fluency in English and knowledge of other European languages, plus a network of valuable contacts.

Employability

By bringing scholars and students from all over the world together in a rich and challenging international study program with tailor made pathways, real-world experience and profound research knowledge, JEMES CiSu trains prospective European and overseas environmental specialists whose sound education in innovative technologies and management strategies will enable them to treat environmental problems from an interdisciplinary point of view. Training considers the needs in developing as well as in industrialised countries. Graduates will successfully handle all major aspects of their professional field and have an extensive overview of new developments and future trends in the area. Graduates will enjoy privileged access to prominent enterprises and institutions in the in public and private sector worldwide.

Requirements

JEMES CiSu offers a scientific and theory-oriented education on a high academic level and with strong emphasis on project work to highly motivated students. A joint committee with representatives of each university selects the students competitively. Applicants have to hold a good undergraduate degree with relevance to environmental studies, must submit a personal motivation statement and recommendation letters. To ensure proficiency in English, a TOEFL score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT) or 79 (IBT) is required. Equivalent tests will be accepted.

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