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).

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.

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.

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.
Esdeveniments
ICTA-UAB researchers to take part in the III International Congress “Forest and its Potential for Health”

Date: 2019-10-07 / 2019-10-10

 

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: https://www.selvans.ong/congress2019/?lang=en

 

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.


MODULE 1: RESEARCH UPDATE ON FOREST AND ITS POTENTIAL FOR HEALTH (BLOC 1)
Hour: 9:00-11:00
Location: Palau de Congressos de Girona


Programming
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


MODULE 2: CREATING OUR RECONNECTION WITH NATURE
Hour: 15:00-20:00
Location: Palau de Congressos de Girona


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

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  • 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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