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
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability

AQU Acreditació EXCEL·LENTThis Master (MSc) degree is multi-disciplinary and inter-departmental in nature and moreover has an international focus. A flexible study program is offered to allow graduates in the Environmental Sciences to considerably advance their knowledge, while other graduates (from social, natural or engineering sciences) can develop an environmental profile in their CV. Possible specialization tracks are:

- Ecological Economics

- Science and Management of Global Change

- Urban and Industrial Ecology

- Environmental Technology

Degree and Learning Outcomes

Students will obtain a Master of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability awarded by UAB and recognised by all EU countries. Training will provide students with a solid and broad scientific background in the area of expertise chosen, critical thinking, and good writing and presentation abilities. Given that most courses and course material will be provided in the English language, and the teaching staff is International, students will be able to improve their level of spoken and written English.

Employability

By bringing ICTA scholars and students from all over the world together in a rich and challenging study program, the MSc aims to train prospective academics and professionals in analysing and understanding environmental problems and complexities from a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective. Graduates will successfully handle all major aspects of their professional field and have an extensive overview of new developments and potential future trends in the area. Graduates will be brought in contact with various enterprises and institutions in the public and private sector.

Requirements

The MSc programme is open to students with diverse education backgrounds, as it offers a 4-week introductory module that covers basic concepts and approaches that cut across the different areas of expertise offered in the MSc program. High competence in written and spoken English is preferable, insofar as most lectures are delivered in English. Students must certify a command of English Language at a level equivalent to the First Certificate (B2) for the students to take the specelisation “Industrial and Urban Ecology”. To take the specialisations "Ecological Economics" and “Global Change”, you will need to prove they have an advanced level (C1) or equivalent. You can check the equivalencies in the following document: Tablas de equivalencias Idiomas ACLES 2018

Further Information                          
Coordination

Dr. Antonia Casellas

Antonia Casellas will be attending the students in building Z (ICTA-UAB), room Z/014, every tuesday from 10:30 to 13:00 hours

Coordination Support

Valentina Noyola Piña
Phone: +34 93 586 8628
Email address: coord.master.ambientals@uab.cat
Skype name: master.icta

Academic and Administrative Affairs

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Email address: ga.ciencies.masters@uab.cat 
Website: Managment - Faculty of Science - UAB
Phone: +34 93 581 2280

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