IASTE has two vacancies for PhD fellowship application on social metabolism, GIS and the nexus

This year at IASTE we have a vacancy for a PhD student who is interested in applying for the PhD fellowship of the Catalan government (FI-DGR2015) (deadline Sept 22nd).
More info about the fellowhsip 
In IASTE we develop multi-scale integrated assessments of the sustainability within the field of social metabolism. The group is led by Mario Giampietro (ICREA professor), who will support the application of the selected candidate.

We seek an outstanding potential student interested in at least two of the following broad topics:
• GIS applications in ecology
• GIS applications in biophysical accounting
• Applied Ecology
• Applied Limnology
• Socio-eco-hydrology
• Water-energy nexus
• Energy accounting

As an international, interdisciplinary group, we welcome applications from all disciplines and countries until Thursday 18th of September at 13’00 CEST (GMT+2).

Please contact us using the form below before 18th September at 13’00 GMT+2.

The interested person should in due time enroll in the PhD program of the Institute of environmental science and technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), an international leading center in sustainability studies.

More information about ICTA and the PhD program.

Two more members of IASTE obtained their PhD

Our colleagues Pere Ariza and Arnim Scheidel graduated last week and are now doctors!!

You can check out their dissertations here:

Pere Ariza thesis “Large-scale Renewable Energy? A transdisciplinary view on conflicts and trade-offs in the implementation of renewable energy”

Arnim Scheidel thesis “New challenges in rural development. A multi-scale inquiry into emerging issues, posed by the global land rush”

Tim Allen on complexity at the ICTA seminar series

On May 29 2013 professor Tim Allen was the invited guest speaker at the ICTA seminar series. His presentation is titled:

“All Models Are Wrong, Some Are Useful: Dealing with Complexity and Multiple Scales”. Download the slides here.

Tim Allen is Professor of Botany and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a leader in the fields of Hierarchy Theory, Systems Theory, and Complexity, and (co)author of such influential books as:

  • Hierarchy : Perspectives for Ecological Complexity (1982, with T.B. Starr),
  • A Hierarchical Concept of Ecosystems (1986, with R.V. O’Neill, D. DeAngelis and J. B. Waide),
  • Toward a Unified Ecology (1992 with T.W.Hoekstra), and
  • Hierarchy Theory : a vision, vocabulary, and epistemology (1996, with Valerie Ahl).
  • Supply-side Sustainability (2003, with J.A. Tainter and T.W. Hoekstra).

His recent work focuses on the implication of complexity for sustainability science, in particular hierarchy theory and problems of scale; epistemology for the analysis of socio-ecological systems; characterization of resource use and biosocial dynamics; and the process determining the choice of narratives in science.

Symposium on “The Complexity Revolution”. 30 May 2013, Barcelona

The Complexity Revolution in Sustainability Science and Governance

Symposium organized by the IASTE Research Group of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Casa de Convalescència, Barcelona – May 30, 2013


The IASTE research group is pleased to announce the forthcoming one-day Symposium on The Complexity Revolution in Sustainability Science and Governance.

The symposium will take place on Thursday 30 May in the Casa de Convalescència (http://www.uab-casaconvalescencia.org/en/index.php) in Barcelona.

The event is open to the public and free of charge, but please confirm your assistance to for organizational purposes.

We look forward to seeing you!

More information

The poster of the symposium can be downloaded here.

The programme of the symposium can be downloaded here.

All details on how to reach the Casa de Convalescència here.

Visit also :http://iaste-researchgroup.org/symposium-complexity-revolution/