Encuesta: El rol del verde residencial durante el confinamiento por el brote de COVID-19 en España

El grupo de investigación BCNUEJ (www.bcnuej.org) del ICTA-UAB (https://ictaweb.uab.cat/) y del IMIM (www.imim.es) está realizando un estudio sobre el papel del verde residencial (vegetación interior, en balcones, en terrazas, cubiertas verdes, jardines particulares, etc.

ICTA-UAB shares protective material with hospitals

ICTA-UAB is since last Monday 16 March 2020, an Institute with Restricted Access. Most of the laboratories are empty, the Scientific and Technical Services are closed, only the basic services are working and most of the people is working and staying at home.

Higher and earlier pollen concentrations expected for this spring

Spring and summer pollination will begin a few days earlier than usual and in important numbers, reaching higher than average levels (from the 1994-2019 period).

ICTAS2020 Conference: Important Update regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

ICTAS2020 Conference: Important Update regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak .

Power struggles hinder urban adaptation policies to climate change

Transformative actions implemented by cities to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change may be hindered by political struggles for municipal power.

Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

The ICTA-UAB begins a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean to collect dust and smoke samples from the fires of tropical Africa deposited in marine sediments.

What elements and characteristics should forests have to influence human health?

Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the type of forest and different health variables.

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.

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  .
Statement from the Rector on the suspension of in-presence activity at the UAB

Date: 2020-03-16

According to Royal Decree 463/2020 approved by the Spanish Government, in which the state of alert is declared towards the management of the health crisis created by COVID – 19, UAB has decided to reduce all in-presence activity to the minimum level necessary for assuring safety of its personnel and facilities.

Given this emergency situation, and in order to preserve the safety of all persons, we recommend avoiding all transportation and physical attendance which are not completely necessary. All presence in the campus must be reduced to the minimum level, under the guarantee that all necessary procedures will be enacted for the maintenance of all essential services and to make sure that all necessary tasks can be performed by the university staff.

Services not defined as essential will not require the presence of staff in the campus. The rest of services will remain operational, as far as possible, on a remote, on-line basis.

All persons who require an unavoidable access to university facilities must contact the center administration responsible for the relevant building, to support the activity of the security services. All persons who are obliged to come to the campus will strictly follow the safety measures stablished by the health services and authorities.

All possible mechanisms have been adopted in order to guarantee a maximum of possible activity, including telephone attention. However, we strongly recommend communication via e-mail. We summarize some essential aspects ( more developed at www.uab.cat/coronavirus ):

- Teaching: Instructions and methodologies have been stablished, in order to enable teaching staff to replace in-presence academic activity with virtual, on-line activities.
- Research: when physical entrance into the university facilities is considered completely necessary, it must be communicated to the competent center administration.
- Administration: the various sectors of the administration services (payments, acquisitions, economic management, academic, TIC, etc.) will remain operational, as far as possible, on an on-line basis).

The Register Office will operate through its electronic site, and the Plaça Cívica Information Point will be available at the e-mail adress informacio@uab.cat.

The consideration of essential presencial services is given to those services requiring a daily supervision and monitoring, namely:

- Security services
- Experimental farm and fields
- Animal care service
- Psychobiology Laboratory
- Clinical Veterinary Hospital

For any event in the campus, including health issues, contact the Security Service at phone number (34) 93 581 2525 (permanent, 24 – hours service).
Institutional agendas and schedules will be readjusted in the next days, keeping on-line meetings whenever necessary and postponing non urgent meetings.

The Directive Team and the University Management will remain available for any university member. Additionnally, a permanent attention service will be stablished at the Rectorate.

This set of measures aims at reinforcing the suspension of in-presence academic activity, and other indications stablished following the Government instructions, and will remain in force for the next two weeks. Given the changing situation we are in, these measures and instructions may be revised and updated. A permanent channel of communication will the university website (www.uab.cat/coronavirus) and the institutional electronic mail. For consultations, the relevant address is info.coronavirus@uab.cat.

We are facing a world-wide critical situation and universities, as institutions at the service of society, must cope with a larger challenge, as an example of civic and solidary behavior. I am convinced that all university community at UAB will respond to this challenge and act with seriousness and rigor at the service of collective interests.

The situation may be very complex, but we shall get ahead. Take good care, and take care of others!

With best wishes,

Margarita Arboix
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