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The Water Research Institute (IdRA)


There can be no doubt that water is essential for life and for the development of our society. Water plays a major role in society, politics and the economy, and its management is one of the challenges that must be tackled in the twenty-first century.

The fight against contamination, the call for rational water use, efforts to overcome shortfalls in supply and the forecast and management of extreme situations (droughts and floods) are all priorities that need professionals with the capacity and the criteria for action. The required actions range from highly specific aspects of local supply to involvement in European or international strategies.

For this reason, and to improve interdisciplinary research and foster the process of university education reform, the University of Barcelona founded the Water Research Institute. The Institute strengthens the University's potential through specific structures and instruments devised to channel research and teaching in the field of water.

 

New Director in the IdRA

Dr. José Francisco García Martínez, Professor of Analytical Chemistry is the new director of the IdRA for the four-year period 2019-2023, after the end of the management period of Dr. Javier Martín-Vide, who will continue as a member of the Board of the Institute. The new director will be the third of the IdRA, after Dr. Martín-Vide and Dr. Montoro. The three represent very significant and varied lines of research, focused on water, within the Institute. The close collaboration between the outgoing and incoming directors guarantees the perfect continuity in the operation of the Institute and the rapid approach of the new objectives.

July 2019

From left to right, Dr. José Francisco García Martínez, new director of IdRA, Dr. Belén Noguera de la Muela, former academic secretary and Dr. Javier Martín-Vide, former director

News:

17 September 2020

“Transició hídrica i canvi global, de la diagnosi a l'acció” ha estat el lema del XI Congrés Ibèric de Planificació i Gestió de l’Aigua: cap a una transició hídrica justa que ha tingut lloc, de...

15 September 2020

Els recursos aquàtics de tot el món es troben sota la major amenaça de tota la història de la humanitat. El canvi climàtic causat per l’home està accelerant la degradació dels ecosistemes...

30 July 2020

An international research project coordinated by the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), with participation from researchers of the University of Barcelona, shows for the first time that...

11 May 2020

L’article Global CO2 emissions from dry inland waters share common drivers across ecosystems, publicat a la revista Nature Communications, és fruit de les dades aportades per vint-i-quatre...

08 May 2020

L’institut de Recerca de l’Aigua (IdRA) vol acompanyar els afectats per la pandèmia
de la COVID19 amb aquesta obra del Dr. Domènec Corbella,
catedràtic de Pintura de la Facultat de Belles...

23 March 2020

Per celebrar el Dia Mundial de l'Aigua d'enguany, l'artista Dòmenec Corbella, membre de l'dRA, i Publicacions UB faran accessible imatges del seu llibre "Navigatio Vitae" a través d'Instagram.