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.
UAB students awarded the Campus Muntanya d'Alinyà Prize Premi Alinyà

Date: 2018-09-28

Premi Campus Muntanya d'Alinyà 2018

A research project focusing on the relationship between forest management and the western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), which has been diminishing in population around the world in the past few decades, conducted by two UAB students of Environmental Science has been awarded the prize.

The Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona recently presented the second edition of the Campus Muntanya d’Alinyà Prize with the aim of offering recognition to the quality of the best final projects presented each year under the framework of the “Campus de Ciències Ambientals i de la Terra de la Muntanya d’Alinyà”. 

The winners were given the award of this second edition on 27 September at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB). The winning project was conducted by students Alba Bofill and Guillem Guasch, under the supervision of Dr Roser Maneja, Dr Josep Antoni Pujantell, Dr David Molina and Dr Eduard Ariza. The project is entitled “Anàlisi de la interacció entre la gestió forestal i el gall fer (Tetrao urogallus) a la vall d’Alinyà” [Analysis of the Interaction Between Forest Management and the Western Capercaillie] and has allowed students to identify some of the socio-environmental factors limiting this species, such as climate change, human presence, and even the overpopulation of one of its predators. 

The event included the presence of Javier Lafuente, Vice Rector for Innovation and Strategic Projects of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Antoni Méndez, Dean of the Faculty of Science; Xavier Gabarrell, Director of the ICTA-UAB, and Miquel Rafa, Director of Environment and Regions of the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera.
Since the first collaborations began in 2012, over 500 students have participated in the Campus d'Alinyà and produced more than 50 final degree projects, master's degree stays and practical assignments. This has turned the natural protected area of the Alt Urgell region into an ideal place in which to conduct research and practical activities in fields related to the environment and natural sciences, from both the scientific and humanistic perspective. 

The prize is awarded every two years and consists in one first cash prize of 2,000 euros and two runner-up projects. In this second edition of the prize, 32 students participated with a total of 10 final degree projects from the 2016-2018 period of the Campus d'Alinyà. They were evaluated according to the their scientific quality, relevance, applicability and innovation. 

“Anàlisi de la interacció entre la gestió forestal i el gall fer (Tetrao urogallus) a la vall d’Alinyà”
(2016/17 academic year)
Authors: Alba Bofill and Guillem Guasch
Supervisors: Roser Maneja, Josep Antoni Pujantell, David Molina and Eduard Ariza

“Anàlisi de la petjada de carboni generada per la presència i absència de PAS destinats als voltors a la Muntanya d’Alinyà” [Analysis of the Carbon Footprint Generated by the Presence and Absence of Additional Feeding Points for Vultures in the Aliny'a Mountain]
(2017/18 academic year)
Authors: Sergi Chapatte, Eric Juaranz, Judit Piella, Marçal Pou, Aniol Puig
Supervisors: Quim Zaldo, Jordi Nadal and Martí Boada
“Bioindicadors fluvials: poblacions de vertebrats a la vall d’Alinyà” [River Bioindicators: Vertebrate Populations of the Alinyà Valley]
(2017/18 academic year)
Authors: Mariona Gonzalez, Alba Gorlat, Ester Monsonis, Marta Sánchez-Ballesteros
Supervisors: Almudena Hierro, David Molina, Josep Pujantell

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