Doctoral Thesis Defense Act HOLA

On January 27, at 11:00 a.m. in the Hall of Degrees of the Higher Technical School of of Geodesy, Cartographic and Topographic Engineering (Building 7I), Universitat Politècnica de València, the reading and defense of the Doctoral Thesis “Forest biomass estimation with Sentinel-2 imagery for improved forest management in Mediterranean areas ” by Mr. David Vinué Visús are scheduled.

The Directors of the Doctoral Thesis are Peregrina Eloína Coll Aliaga, José Vicente Oliver Villanueva and David Fuente Herraiz, researchers of the ITACA Institute.

Conference on innovation HOLA

The ITACA Institute of the Universitat Politècnica de València has organised a conference on innovation, which includes presenting research results, for 23 January.

The event will be held in person at Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación, Access J (Red Cube).

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, 23 January, and we encourage you to extend this invitation to your contacts of interest.

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First conference of the Jeanologia MISSION ZERO Chair (29th November) HOLA

The first conference of the Jeanologia MISSION ZERO Chair: Reduction of water consumption and pollution in industrial processes will take place next Tuesday 29th November at 16h in the ETSII Hall.

Aimed at both UPV students and professionals, the conference will feature speakers of recognised prestige in the academic and research fields as well as in the industrial sector, who will address different technological solutions to improve the use and treatment of water and incorporate more sustainable and environmentally friendly processes.

The programme can be found at the following link.

To attend and receive a certificate of attendance by email, you can register at the following link:

More information on the website of the Jeanologia MISSION ZERO Chair.

Doctoral Thesis Defense Act HOLA

On November 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the Innova Room (Building 8G, Access A, 4th floor), Universitat Politècnica de València, the reading and defense of the Doctoral Thesis “Clinical Decision Support Systems for Palliative Care Referral: Design and Evaluation of Frailty and Mortality Predictive Models” by Mr. Vicent Blanes Selva are scheduled.

The Directors of the Doctoral Thesis are Juan Miguel García Gómez, researcher of ITACA Institute, and Ascensión Doñate Martínez.

Doctoral Thesis Defense Act HOLA

On December 9, at 11:00 a.m. in the Maxwell Room (4D building) of the Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, the reading and defense of the Doctoral Thesis “Design and development of a multi-frequency system for microwave heating” by Mr. Pablo Santón Pons are scheduled.

The Directors of the Doctoral Thesis are Juan Vicente Balbastre Tejedor, researcher of ITACA Institute, and Ruth de los Reyes Cánovas.

Innovation Days Valencia 2022 (November 4-5, 2022) HOLA

For the third consecutive year, the Innovation Days Valencia 2022 (i-Days) will take place at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) on 4 and 5 November. The i-Days promote healthcare innovation among university students through dozens of one- and two-day programmes held at academic institutions across Europe.

Students from all academic areas receive an introduction to the practical tools of healthcare innovation and compete in teams to tackle real-life healthcare challenges posed by the EIT Health, local organisations, private corporations or start-ups.

i-Days are accessible to all undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in healthcare innovation. You do not need any prerequisite skills or prior experience in innovation, entrepreneurship or healthcare. There are no academic requirements and students from all disciplines and departments are welcome to join.

The winning team from each i-Day will attend an all-expenses-paid event in Vienna to compete in the EIT-Health Winner’s Event. This final competition brings together students from across Europe.

Organised by EIT Health and the ITACA Institute of Universitat Politècnica de València together with IDEAS UPV, the event is sponsored and supported by Conselleria d’Innovació Universitats Ciència i Societat Digital, Ajuntament de València, Ajuntament de Gandia, Dextromedica, S.L., MYSPHERA, Quibim, with the collaboration of Fundació Fisabio, SaforSalut, CiberCV, etc.

For more information, please visit: https://idays.webs.upv.es/.

ITACA-UPV coordinates major European research project to improve sustainable forest management HOLA

Climate change has driven countries and organisations worldwide to search for solutions to help mitigate or prevent its effects. While forests are suffering, they are also crucial to reducing emissions, as they are the most critical earth’s carbon sinks: they sequester carbon by capturing CO2 from the atmosphere and transforming it into biomass.

However, this process is threatened by the increase in natural disasters, now more frequent due to the current climate emergency. In this context, the Information and Communication Technologies against Climate Change (ICTvsCC) group of the ITACA institute of the UPV (Universitat Politècnica de València) is coordinating INFORMA, the major European forestry research project in the new Horizon Europe programme to improve forest management in this context.

14 partners, 8 EU countries and 5 regions

The project, which has a total budget of €5.3 million and 14 partners from 8 EU countries, has a duration of four years. Its main objective is to develop and implement the best sustainable forest management practices in the five most representative biogeographical regions across Europe (Atlantic, Mediterranean, Continental, Alpine and Boreal) and under future climate change scenarios to preserve carbon sinks and promote carbon sequestration while conserving their biodiversity and renewable natural resources.

In addition, INFORMA also aims to contribute with scientific rigour to the methodologies of quantification, monitoring, review and verification of existing carbon offset market instruments in Europe, especially in sustainable forest management actions in Mediterranean ecosystems. In Spain, carbon compensation mechanisms are the primary tool for payment for environmental services today, as they already have demand (sectors and companies with diffuse emissions), supply (public and private forest owners) and regulatory mechanisms, such as the Carbon Footprint Registry of the Spanish Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge.

Forest fires, the main threat

“In our country, the main threat to the preservation of ecosystems and carbon stocks is forest fires, as has become evident after the fires that occurred this summer in the Valencian Region. This type of disturbance is the main field of research in the pilot areas in the Mediterranean region, where the project will analyse the interactions between the current state of the forest, its sustainable management alternatives and the climate. In this way, the project will allow the implementation of best practices for adaptive management to climate change in the different types of Mediterranean forest ecosystems, but also the mitigation by forest bioeconomy, i.e. the optimisation of carbon sequestration in managed forests and the industrial transformation and consumption of the main forest products (wood, cork, biomass, resins, etc.) as substitutes for materials and products coming from fossil or non-renewable sources with a high impact on greenhouse gas emissions” says José-Vicente Oliver, director of the ICTvsCC-ITACA group at the UPV and general coordinator of the INFORMA project.

Moreover, the project will contribute directly with its results to the development of the European Forestry Strategy 2030, currently being negotiated by the EU Commission, as well as to the MOSAIC Strategy of the General Directorate of Forest Fire Prevention of the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of the Valencian Regional Government (GV) and the recently announced Forestry Cooperation Fund by the Presidency of the GV for the coming years, whose objectives are the prevention and mitigation of the effects of forest fires on forest ecosystems and society, through the sustainable integrated management of agroforestry territory.

Source: UPV’s Information Office

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Vicente Traver Salcedo, winner of the Jaime Prat Award 2022 HOLA

For his spirit of collaboration, his sense of commitment, and his ability to generate consensus in EIT Health activities, the winner of the Jaime Prat 2022 Award has been Vicente Traver Salcedo, professor at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and head of the Health and Wellbeing Area (SABIEN) of the ITACA Institute. The election of the winner took place on 17 October after being approved by the Members in General Assembly, based on the criteria recognised in the legal bases of the award.

The award, created in 2021, aims to recognise the commitment and collaboration of the winners with the EIT Health Spain health innovation ecosystem, as well as to pay tribute to the figure of Jaime Prat, secretary of the EIT Health Spain Governing Board and deputy director of the Institute of Biomechanics (IBV), who passed away in March last year.

EIT Health is the largest and most extensive community of health innovators in Europe. In 2021 alone and in Spain it has attracted more than 60 million euros through the startups with which it collaborates, led 8 innovation projects financed with 8.3 million euros, and trained more than 8231 executives and health professionals through the 11 educational programmes it has led.

The award is endowed with 5,000 euros to be used in collaboration and training actions within the EIT Health network. The award is part of EIT Health Spain’s philosophy and objectives to promote the connection of all relevant agents in the health innovation ecosystem to maximise synergies and cover the entire value chain.

Source: EIT Health Spain

Climate crisis and action in the territory conference HOLA

More than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide were emitted due to the forest fires that have severely affected the Valencia Region this summer. To put it in perspective, José Vicente Oliver, professor at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), explains that “the amount exceeds, for example, the total emissions caused by private car traffic in the city of Valencia in a year, 670,000 tonnes of CO2, and is approximately equivalent to the total of annual car traffic in the three provincial capitals: Castellón, Valencia and Alicante”.

Because of this situation, and to analyse the best possible way to deal with it, this week, the Agromuseu of the UPV hosted the conference “Climate crisis and action in the territory”, organised by the Valencian Territorial Protection Agency of the Generalitat, the Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, and the ICT Research Group Against Climate Change of the ITACA Institute of the UPV.

In it, companies, political institutions and research experts in the field have discussed the factors and consequences of the current climate crisis and how to tackle it through cooperation.

The main cause is the abandonment of forest and agricultural management in inland villages.

“The debate focused on the fundamental underlying cause, which lies in the widespread neglect of forest and agricultural land management in our inland villages,” said Oliver, “accentuated by heat waves, droughts and dry storms.

For the UPV professor, “the climatic emergency and the accumulated fuel are the visible parts of the problem, but the root of the problem lies in a socio-economic deterioration hitherto unknown in the history of our territory. The 172 villages at risk of depopulation in the Comunitat have lost, in the last 20 years, more than 12,000 farms – practically all of them family-run – and 50,000 hectares of crops, which means reductions of 45% and 20%, respectively. Young farmers, foresters and livestock farmers are a rarity, and the few who want to work and stay in the sector find it very difficult”.

The Emissions Observatory, key for local actors

During the conference, Javier Urchueguía, professor at the UPV, presented the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Observatory, an information and knowledge platform with scientific rigour created to help companies and town councils in the Region to face the challenge of decarbonisation, specifically in the framework of the challenges and opportunities that local actors face in the path to reducing emissions.

The mayors of the municipalities present very well received the initiative – Andilla, Enguera, Requena and Bejís, among others – who emphasised the value of the Valencian rural territory and its agroforestry wealth as levers for change.

European Green Pact, Recovery and Resilience Mechanisms and the Law on Climate Change in the Valencia region

In this regard, the participants in the conference highlighted the importance of the European Green Pact and the Recovery and Resilience Mechanisms – and all the associated regulations and aid funds – as well as the new Climate Change Law of the Valencian Community, as accurate guides towards an ecological transition that must be fair, both with the territory and with rural society.

Source: UPV’s Information Office