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.

ICTA-UAB to organize the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes

ICTA-UAB will host the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes with the aim of exploring the role of changing lifestyles in climate change mitigation.

Iron availability in seawater, key to explaining the amount and distribution of fish in the oceans

People tend to pay more attention to how much food they are eating, than with how rich their diet is in essential micronutrients like iron.

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).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .

Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

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.

Date: 2019-05-02



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.


Open Program

Book of abstracts

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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