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.

La asociación Amics de la UAB premia al ICTA-UAB

El ICTA-UAB recibirá uno de los premios que la asociación Amics de la UAB entrega cada año en el marco de la Festa Amics UAB.

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.

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.
ICTA-UAB researcher Joan David Tàbara appointed to European Commission mission boards

Date: 2019-11-05

Dr. Joan David Tàbara, researcher from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), is one of the high-level experts selected by the European Commission to form part of the mission boards to work on five major European research and innovation missions. The missions are part of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027), and aim at delivering solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world.

The Commission has set up five mission boards, one for each mission area that will help specify, design and implement missions in Horizon Europe. The missions focus on cancer, climate change, healthy oceans, climate-neutral cities and healthy soil and food.

In addition, an assembly has been established for each mission by gathering a larger number of high-level experts. These assemblies provide an additional pool of ideas, knowledge and expertise that will be actively called upon to contribute to the success of the five missions.

Dr. Joan David Tàbara has been selected as member of the assembly of the mission board for Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation. With their vision and knowledge, these first-rate experts will help making missions a success, inspiring citizens and showing them what Europe, and research and innovation, can do about the issues that matter most to them.

Over 2100 individuals from across the EU and beyond applied to become members of a mission board. The selection process ensured that the boards are composed of creative and highly motivated experts from a wide range of backgrounds, including academics, innovators, civil society, industry, finance and end-users. 

J. David Tàbara is sociologist and economist, member of the Global Climate Forum. He is associate senior researcher working on knowledge integration for sustainability at the ICTA-UAB. He is also member of the Quality Research Group on Water, Land Use, Tourism and Sustainability at the UAB Department of Geography, and member of the Board of the Catalan Experts’ Group on Climate Change. He has lectured on environmental sociology, integrated assessment methods and public participation in sustainability science. 

He has published extensively on socio-environmental science and participatory knowledge integration methods, with particular attention to the issues of public perception, social learning, communication and public engagement for sustainability. 

The mission boards will be implemented in two phases. During the first phase, the main task of the mission boards will be to advise the European Commission on the identification and design of one or more possible specific missions, with their respective objectives, indicators and timelines, from the five mission areas. They will do so in dialogue with Member States and the European Parliament, as well as relevant stakeholders and, as appropriate, the interested larger public. The European Commission will make the final selection of specific missions in accordance with the procedures established for Horizon Europe. 

In a second phase, and once the Horizon Europe framework programme and its budget is formally agreed upon, the mission boards will advise the European Commission on the portfolio of research and innovation activities needed to support the missions’ objectives.

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