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.

Co-managed small-scale fisheries lead to social and ecological improvements

The co-management model of small groups of fishermen contributes to a greater abundance and habitats of species.

ICTA-UAB to design participative and concurred forest fire prevention strategies for the Montseny region

Scientists from the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) aim to design prevention strategies for forest fires occurring in the Montseny Biosphere Reserve through a citizen participation process.

Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-UAB researchers.

Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

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.
Jornada: “La conservación de la naturaleza en beneficio de la salud”. Con Albert Bach y Helen Cole

Date: 2018-10-08

Jornada: “La conservación de la naturaleza en beneficio de la salud”

Con la participación de Albert Bach y Helen Cole, investigadores del ICTA-UAB.

En el marco del "Ciclo de debates: salud y naturaleza"

Día: Lunes 8 de octubre de 2018
Hora: a las 9 h
Lugar: Palau Macaya (Passeig de Sant Joan, 108, 08037 Barcelona)

El objetivo de la jornada inicial es presentar el ciclo y empezarlo con una serie de conferencias y debates abiertos al público. La primera parte se centrará en varias ponencias de expertos internacionales y de Cataluña, referentes en los distintos aspectos donde la naturaleza tiene un efecto beneficioso para la salud: físicos, psicológicos, sociales e, incluso, espirituales.
Siguiendo la definición de salud de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) –entendida como estado completo de bienestar–, con el ciclo se pretende poner en valor el impacto positivo de la naturaleza no solo como respuesta a afecciones o enfermedades, sino también como elemento previo para el bienestar humano.

En la segunda parte de la jornada, se presentarán los tres bloques temáticos vertebradores del ciclo con diferentes ponencias de referencia para cada uno de ellos. Estos tres bloques temáticos serán la introducción de las tres jornadas de trabajo del ciclo, que tendrán lugar durante las siguientes semanas, con los títulos:

- ¿Cómo generamos territorios sanos y sostenibles?
- ¿Cómo construimos ciudades saludables?
- ¿Cómo garantizamos el acceso equitativo a la naturaleza?

Programa AQUÍ
Traducción simultánea del japonés y del inglés al catalán.

A cargo de:
  • Qing Li, experto internacional en terapia y medicina forestal.
  • Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, director de Planificación Urbana, Medio Ambiente y Salud de ISGlobal.
  • José Antonio Corraliza, catedrático de Psicología Ambiental de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • Josep Maria Mallarach, director del posgrado Significados y Valores Espirituales de la Naturaleza.
  • Jordi Pigem, doctor en Filosofía y Pensamiento Ecológico.
  • Albert Bach, investigador del ICTA-UAB (Bosques Sanos para una Sociedad Saludable, ICTA-CREAF).
  • Cristina Vert, investigadora del proyecto Blue Health en ISGlobal.
  • Jaume Hidalgo, coordinador de Sèlvans, red de bosques con funcionalidad terapéutica.
  • Carles Castell, técnico de Espacios Naturales de la Diputación de Barcelona.
  • Frederic Ximeno, comisionado de Ecología del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona.
  • Pénélope Komitès, teniente de alcalde de París a cargo de espacios verdes, naturaleza en la ciudad, biodiversidad y agricultura urbana.
  • Carolyn Daher, coordinadora de Planificación Urbana, Medio Ambiente y Salud en ISGlobal.
  • Helen Cole, BCN Lab for Urban Environmental Justice (BCNUEJ) del ICTA-UAB.
  • Heike Freire, referente en pedagogía verde.
  • Albert Jiménez, Pla Interdepartamental i Intersectorial de Salut Pública (PINSAP) Interdepartamental.
  • Richard Louv, cofundador y presidente emérito de Children & Nature Network.
  • Marc Vilahur, presidente de la XCT.
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