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.

A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

Climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of marine life, but the full extent of these changes under future warming has been difficult to predict due to the limitations of individual ecosystem models used for such forecasts.

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.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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