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

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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

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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...

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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.
Two ICTA-UAB researchers awarded the PhD Extraordinary Award

Date: 2017-11-23

Two ICTA-UAB former researchers received on Friday, November 24, the PhD Extraordinary Award for their doctoral thesis developed during 2013-2014 within the PhD programme in Environmental Science and Technology. The IV award ceremony took place at the Auditorium of the Faculties of Arts and Psychology.

François Diaz Maurin received the award for his dissertation entitled "The Viability and Desirability of Alternative Energy Sources: Exploring the Controversy over Nuclear Power" directed by Dr. Mario Giampietro and Dr. Jesús Ramos Martín. The thesis provides a new perspective on the controversy of nuclear energy technologies.

François is now a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow and Nuclear Security Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University. His research at Stanford University focuses on the issue of the long-term management of nuclear waste.

Eva Sevigné Itoiz was recognised for this dissertation entitle "Potential savings of resources and greenhouse gas emissions from waste management: a case study of Spain in the global economy" directed by Dr. Joan Rieradevall, Dr. Xavier Gabarrell and Dr. Carles Martínez Gasol. Eva is now a researcher at the Centre for Environmental Policy (Imperial College London). 

The award, delivered by the School for Doctoral Studies together with the UAB Alumni Association of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, demonstrates the appreciation for the effort and dedication of young researchers and their contribution to the generation of knowledge and advance in the different areas of our University. ​The award consists of a competitive call among the researchers whose doctoral thesis received the qualification of excellence "Cum Laude" from the tribunal.

The main value of the UAB is its human capital and the new doctors are an essential element for the continuation of excellent lines of research. That excellence is based on the quality of the PhDs as a distinctive indicator.

Diaz-Maurin, F. (2013). The Viability and Desirability of Alternative Energy Sources: Exploring the Controversy over Nuclear Power. Ph.D. Dissertation presented at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. October 2013.

Sevigné-Itoiz. E. (2014). "Potential savings of resources and greenhouse gas emissions from waste management: a case study of Spain in the global economy". Ph.D Dissertation presented at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. June 2014

• Welcome and presentation by the academic secretary of the Doctoral School, Dr. Victòria Nogués.
• Words of the Rector of UAB, Dr. Margarita Arboix.
• Words of the director of the Doctoral School and UAB Research and Transfer vice-rector, Dr. Armand Sánchez.
• Words of the president de la Academic Committee of the UAB Social Council, Dr. Moisès Amorós Perich.
• "What does a doctor like you do in a world like this?", presentation by Dr. Assumpció Malgosa Morera, Professor of the Physical Anthropology Area of the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology, and coordinator of the PhD program in Biodiversity.
• Delivery of PhD Special Prize Awards.
• Performance of the Choir of the UAB.
• Words of Dr. Laura Castañar Acedo, Special Prize Award in Chemistry, representing doctors who receive the award or certificates in this ceremony.
• Delivery of PhD degree certificates.
• Gaudeamus igitur, by the Choir of the UAB.


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