Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.

European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is launching an open call to support rooftop greenhouse projects, in the framework of GROOF Project.

El ICTA-UAB participa en el proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos

El Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) es una de las instituciones impulsoras de un proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos para disminuir el impacto de las altas temperaturas del verano.

A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

Climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of marine life, but the full extent of these changes under future warming has been difficult to predict due to the limitations of individual ecosystem models used for such forecasts.

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the Goldsmiths University of London suggest that emissions reduction is only compatible with a lower economical degrowth or a degrowth scenario.

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.

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).

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).
Education
PhD in Environmental Science and Technology

The PhD in Environmental Science and Technology is a UAB program adapted to the new European Higher Education Area (EHEA), leading to an EU officially recognized doctoral degree. The PhD candidate develops a doctoral dissertation supervised by at least one member of ICTA's staff while an internal scientific committee monitors her/his progress annually. ICTA allows PhD students to have co-supervisor(s) from other Spanish or international research institutions.

Degree and Learning Outcomes

Students will obtain a PhD degree from UAB, recognized all across the EU. No dedicated training is provided to students but they have the chance of attending MEISAES, JEMES CiSu or other UAB courses to improve her/his theoretical and methodological skills. The PhD program is aimed at setting the intellectual foundations of prospective academic scholars, ensuring that they develop a detailed knowledge of their field of study and writing skills to publish in internationally renowned scientific journals, to write books and to prepare research grant proposals. The PhD program also equips PhD candidates with critical thinking, writing and presentation abilities that can be of substantial value in other job markets, including but not only NGOs, public administration, multilateral organisations and businesses where environmental issues are of paramount importance. Students are expected to present in ICTA's Seminars and in international academic conferences during their period of study.


Funding and Eligibility

The PhD in Environmental Science and Technology does not have a funding program of its own. Therefore, our PhD candidates are funded by the following sources: ICTA-managed projects; government scholarships; multi-lateral research organisations; and research foundations. The first type is employed after competitive open calls for project posts -with vacancies advertised at ICTA's website and circulated nationally and/or internationally. The others have first approached an ICTA scholar to discuss her/his research ideas and, after obtaining such support, they have prepared an application to the correspondent funding body (and been subsequently successful).

 
Requirements

The PhD in Environmental Science and Technology welcomes candidates with diverse education backgrounds and from anywhere in the world. However, prospective applicants should be aware that ICTA's senior staff is limited in number and very often is not available for supervision due to time and administrative constraints. Holding at least one MSc degree from an internationally recognised institution is mandatory and candidates should show proof that they have excelled in the MSc, for example through essay-writing, publication record and/or prizes. High competence in written and spoken English is preferable, insofar as most social interactions at ICTA are in English and outputs of the dissertation should be written in English for international peer-reviewed journals.


Further Information
Coordination support

Cristina Durán Díez
Phone: +34 93 586 8626
Adreça electrònica: doctorat.icta@uab.cat

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