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.

Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

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.

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.

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.

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).

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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