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.

ERASMUS+ Edu-BioMed News: ICTA-UAB organizes workshops in Jabal Moussa and Shouf Biosphere Reserves (Lebanon) addressed to university...

From next April, 29th to May, 2nd, about 40 professors and professionals from the higher education institutions from Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, France and Italy will meet in two Lebanese Biosphere Reserves (Jabal Moussa and Shouf) to discuss how to improve Moroccan and Lebanese higher education and academic research in the context of Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves (BRs).

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.

Se prevén niveles de polen muy altos para esta primavera

Las polinizaciones de esta primavera y verano comenzarán en el momento habitual pero serán muy importantes.

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.

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide: climate change drives rainfall extremes

More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, according a new study involving ICTA-UAB researcher Finn Mempel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Date: 2019-03-18



Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 16th-17th May, 2019



ICTA-UAB is a multidisciplinary research center with a vibrant community working on different aspects of the environmental sciences, studying complex issues that range from ocean dynamics to socio-ecological interactions and doing so from a myriad of perspectives: from engineering to economics and from modelling to anthropology.

This year’s symposium aims at nurturing ongoing and future research / activity done in the center by creating a space for the whole ICTA-UAB community to learn from other fields of work and providing an opportunity for networking. The Symposium also aims to provide participants with an opportunity to gain experience in presenting their work to a broad audience.



PhD students, researchers with less than 5 years of post-doctoral experience and administrative staff working at ICTA-UAB are invited to share their work.

Contributions can be submitted by March 1st using EasyChair and MUST comply with the template specifications in order to be considered. PAS members may submit their abstract in Catalan, Spanish or English and researchers can submit theirs in English. We especially encourage submissions presenting either scientific results from early career researchers that have not been yet presented at ICTA-UAB, or activities and main challenges faced by administrative staff, in both cases communicated in an understandable way for fellows working in other disciplines. Here is a guide to help you!

Research abstracts will be reviewed based on these criteria. A “send one, get one back” review approach will give us the opportunity to learn more about the work carried out at ICTA: each abstract will be reviewed through EasyChair by the corresponding author/presenter of another contribution to ICTASS19 who is not from the same research group or ICTA research line. Do not panic! We provide a rubric.

The scientific committee will assign accepted abstracts to either oral or poster presentations according to scientific quality and keeping a balance among the different research groups.

Best oral and poster contributions will receive a prize consisting of funding for publishing those scientific results in an open access journal or for presenting them at an international conference.

Here you will find useful documents:

1. How to write a conference abstract

2. ICTASS 2019 FAQs



Abstract submission1st March (closed)

Submissions are managed through Easychair System. See the instructions for authors.

Review submission5th April (check your email!)

Reviews are managed through Easychair System. See the instructions for reviewers.

Registration for participation15th April (open now!)



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