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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA‑UAB)

Gender, Diversity, and Care

Discrimination and Harassment

ICTA-UAB is committed to responding to all forms of harassment and discrimination within the institute and supports the rolling out of corresponding UAB protocols among the ICTA-UAB community. It also aims at complementing and operationalizing those protocols with more specific action plans meant to create a more supportive work environmental for its researchers and staff, based on gender equity principles and principles of ethics of care in academia. 

Wellbeing, Care and Mental Health

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the UAB is committed to increasing mental health resources and activities on its campus. It has created a dedicated space to visibilize those efforts and a SUMMARY OF RESOURCES AND SERVICES to support wellbeing and care throughout the community. The university also has a SPECIAL PROTOCOL TO PROTECT WORKERS in particularly sensitive or vulnerable situations. Last, through its CORE Mental Health initiative, the UAB also offers discussion or research seminars on mental health, stress management, depression, and anxiety. 

In case of emergency situations that require special assistance and emergency medical response, the university has a specific assistance service that all ICTA-UAB members can reach out to (UAB Prevention and Assistance Area - 935811950; a.prevenció.assistencia@uab.cat). In case of immediate emergencies, people should call the UAB security (935812525). 

At ICTA-UAB itself, the Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence regularly organizes training activities on stress management and care practices open to the whole ICTA-UAB community. The Doctoral Program in Environmental Sciences and Technology has also hired the services of the UTCCB (Barcelona Crisis Unit) for specific sessions offering mental health support for students. Students should refer to the Doctoral Program coordinator for updated information.

The UAB Doctoral School sets up support activities for doctoral students at different stages of their training and dissertation process, including Tercer Temps, a series of sessions on motivation and positive emotions organized by mentors specialized in psychology and psychiatry, and Research Yourself, a series of meetings offering tools to address anxiety, fears, frustrations, and support mindfulness. For an overview of past activities, see this link.

Disability and Chronic Illnesses

ICTA-UAB Community Members and especially students with disabilities and chronic illnesses can access support and resources from the PIUNE office at the UAB, including academic and assistive technology services, mobility grants, and job placement support. Additional medical services for international members are offered by the International Support Office, including multi-language psychological aid online

ICTA-UAB Cares Group

The ‘ICTA-UAB Cares Group’ aims at creating an equitable, supportive and diversity-enhancing research environment at the institute.As a voluntary bottom-up (“grassroots”) initiative, the group is made of a sub-community of PhDs, post-docs and other senior researchers and staff within ICTA-UAB who have self-organized to fight against abuse and discrimination of any and all kinds. The group also provides a safe space to share other concerns related to, for instance, life-work concerns, burnout, and wellbeing during researchers' and staff's time at ICTA-UAB.

If you want to be part of the CARES email list press this link.
For more information please contact cares@eines.uab.es



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