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.

El Locos por la Tierra retoma las sesiones en formato virtual

El programa Locos por la Tierra impartido por el ICTA-UAB ha reanudado sus sesiones formativas en formato virtual.

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.

Mapping out the impacts of pollution upon Indigenous Peoples worldwide

Sulphur mine in Ijen, Java, Indonesia. Picture by Joan de la Malla.

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.

Encuesta: El rol del verde residencial durante el confinamiento por el brote de COVID-19 en España

El grupo de investigación BCNUEJ ( del ICTA-UAB ( y del IMIM ( está realizando un estudio sobre el papel del verde residencial (vegetación interior, en balcones, en terrazas, cubiertas verdes, jardines particulares, etc.

ICTA-UAB shares protective material with hospitals

ICTA-UAB is since last Monday 16 March 2020, an Institute with Restricted Access. Most of the laboratories are empty, the Scientific and Technical Services are closed, only the basic services are working and most of the people is working and staying at home.

Higher and earlier pollen concentrations expected for this spring

Spring and summer pollination will begin a few days earlier than usual and in important numbers, reaching higher than average levels (from the 1994-2019 period).

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.

What elements and characteristics should forests have to influence human health?

Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the type of forest and different health variables.

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.

Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

Victoria Reyes-García ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the 76 top researchers that will receive ERC Proof of Concept grants.

ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

Given our current climate emergency, recently acknowledged by the UAB, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has drawn up a proposal urging the University to put into action a new travel policy to tackle one of its most polluting activities: Flying.

New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

It’s well known that the EU is focusing its efforts on decarbonizing its economy.

Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).
ICTA-UAB researchers to take part in the III International Congress “Forest and its Potential for Health”

Date: 2019-10-09


III International Congress “Forest and its Potential for Health”


With the participation of Martí Boada, Roser Maneja and Albert Bach, from ICTA-UAB

October 7-10th in La Garrotxa, Girona.

More information:


Reconnecting with nature
The congress aims to update and advance applied research and best-practice implementation regarding the potential of forests to provide human societies with health and wellbeing. It o¬ers a meeting platform for knowledge and experience sharing between professionals, organizations and entrepreneurs from all around the world working on forest therapy, or interested in its development.

The event will end with a proclamation on the need to preserve natural forests as suppliers of health and wellbeing for societies.

Intended audience
Individuals and organizations interested in improving their knowledge and capacity to conserve and value nature in general, and high-ecological-value forests in particular; those developing their activities in natural forested areas; public and private forest owners; professionals, decision-makers, technicians and researchers working on health, wellbeing, the environment, and forestry; postgraduate and master’s degrees students, and doctoral candidates in these elds.
The o¬cial languages of the congress will be Catalan, Spanish and English.


Wednesday 9 october


PRESENTATIONS 08:30 to 20:00h (Palau de Congressos de Girona)

  • Module 1 (8:30-13:30): Research update on forest and its potential for health.
  • Lunch (13:30-15:00)
  • Module 2 (15:00-20:00): Creating our reconnection with nature.

Hour: 9:00-11:00
Location: Palau de Congressos de Girona

10-Minute introduction by the moderator. Presentations of 15 minutes each, plus 5 minutes wrap-up/questions. Final open debate of 30 minutes.

  • 8:00: Opening of doors
  • 9.00 – 9:10: Moderator: Dra. Roser Maneja Zaragoza. Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) – Catalonia.
  • 9:10 – 9:30: Healing and spa forests: translation of scientific knowledge into practice. Prof. Dr. med. Karin Kraft. Department of Complementary Medicine, Universitätsmedizin Rostock – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Germany
  • 9.30 – 9:50: “Climate conditions can determinate the concentration of terpene in the forest atmosphere.”. Dr. Domingo Sancho-Knapik, Forest Resources Unit. Agrifood Research and Technology Centre of Aragón (CITA) – Aragón/Spain.
  • 9:50 – 10:10: Forest climate as important health facilitator. Gisela Inmich, M. Sc. Public Health and Health Service Research (IBE), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Germany.
  • 10:10 – 10:30: Forests and Human Health: an experimental and cross-sectional study in the Montseny Natural Parc. Albert Bach. Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) – Catalonia.
  • 10:30 – 11:00: Round table and discussion
  • 11:00 – 11:30: Coffee break

Hour: 15:00-20:00
Location: Palau de Congressos de Girona

10-Minute introduction by moderator. Presentations of 15 minutes each, plus 5 minutes wrap-up/questions. Final open debate of 30 minutes.

  • 15:00-15:10: Moderador: Miquel Rafa. Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera – Catalonia.
  • 15:10-15.30: The Forest as a new paradigm. Dr. Martí Boada. Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). Scientific adviser to UNESCO – Catalonia.
  • 15:30-15:50: Health and well-being in the context of international conservation efforts. Jo Hopkins. IUCN WCPA Health and Well-being Specialist Group / Parks Victoria – Australia.
  • 15:50-16:10: Present extension of forest therapy in European natural parks. Carles Castell i Puig. Diputació de Barcelona / EUROPARC Federation – Catalonia.
  • 16:10-16:30: Potential application of forest therapy in the public health system. Frederic Cofan i Pujol. Doctor at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona – Catalonia.
  • 16:30-16:50: Catalan network of therapeutic forests. Jaume Hidalgo i Colomé. Associació Sèlvans – Catalonia.
  • 16:50-17:10: Round table and discussion.
  • 17:10-17:40: Coffee break.
  • 17:40-18:00: A new instrument for rural sustainable development. Representatives of 3 municipalities linked to the project deployment – Catalonia.
  • 18:00-18:15: Lecture.
  • 18:15-19:00: Progress in international cooperation on forest therapy.
  • Professor Dr. med. Dr. h. c. (mult.) Horst Klinkmann. Senior Consultant and Ambassador Health Economy of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Germany.
  • Prof.(FH) Priv.Doz. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Tucek. Institute Therapeutic Sciences of the University of Applied Sciencies Krems – Austria.
  • 19:00-20:00: Official commitments.
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