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Doctoral Programme in Water Science and Technology

Doctoral Programme in Water Science and Technology

Academic year 2019-2020

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General data

Name
Doctoral Programme in Water Science and Technology
Centre/s
Polytechnic School , Faculty of Science
Indicative number of places
15
Number of registered students
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Presentation

Why should I do the doctoral degree in Water Science and Technology?

Because the University of Girona is at the forefront of research in the field of water science and technology. Because I want to conduct research in subjects that are a priority at a Catalan, Spanish and EU level. Because I want to learn to carry out research in a good laboratory that provides me with national and international contacts. Because I want to feel part of a big multidisciplinary group of researchers from the best departments, institutes and centres conducting research in the field of water that helps me to maximise the value of my research and to disseminate the results. Because I want my research to respond to society's needs.

Learning objectives

The main objective of the Doctoral Programme in Water Science and Technology is to train high level researchers in this field of knowledge. This doctoral degree offers a programme which is both coherent and diverse, which provides an optimal environment for training researchers: a network of teams and lines of research that are connected to each other, with national and international reach, coordinated by the School of Doctoral Studies at the University of Girona and under the umbrella of the Euro-Mediterranean Campus of Tourism and Water (e-MTA, see www.e-mta.eu).

The programme aspires to become a leading doctoral degree in Catalonia on the subject of water. With this objective, in addition to researchers from various institutes and departments of the University of Girona (UdG), the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) and two centres of the CSIC, the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB) and the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research also take part.

Lines of research

Lines of research of the UdG Environmental Physics Group

1. Hydrodynamics and physical processes in aquatic systems (730)

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Xavier Casamitjana Vila, Dr. Jordi Colomer Feliu, Dr. Elena Roget Armengol, Dr. Teresa Serra Putellas

Tutors: Dr. Xavier Casamitjana Vila, Dr. Jordi Colomer Feliu, Dr. Elena Roget Armengol, Dr. Teresa Serra Putellas

2. Quality of water and transport of particles (1229)

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Xavier Casamitjana Vila, Dr. Jordi Colomer Feliu, Dr. Elena Roget Armengol, Dr. Teresa Serra Putellas

Tutors: Dr. Xavier Casamitjana Vila, Dr. Jordi Colomer Feliu, Dr. Elena Roget Armengol, Dr. Teresa Serra Putellas

3. Reuse of wastewater

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Xavier Casamitjana Vila, Dr. Jordi Colomer Feliu, Dra. Teresa Serra Putellas

Tutors: Dr. Xavier Casamitjana VilaDr. Jordi Colomer FeliuDra. Teresa Serra Putellas

Lines of research in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry (UdG and ICRA)

4. Developing methods for determining organic pollutants (pesticides, antibiotics and phenolic derivatives) and metals in the environment (waters, soil and sediments) (635)

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Damià Barceló, Dr Clàudia Fontàs Rigau, Dr Manuela Hidalgo Muñoz, Dr Eva Margui Grabulosa, Dr Mira Petrovic, Dr Victoria Salvadó MartínDr Sara Rodríguez-Mozaz, Dr Jelena Radjenovic, Dr María José Farré

Tutors: Dr. Clàudia Fontàs RigauDr. Manuela Hidalgo MuñozDr. Eva Margui GrabulosaDr. Victoria Salvadó Martín

5. Study of the processes of transport, degradation and risk of organic pollutants and metals in different environmental matrices (water, soil, sediments and biological samples) (636)

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Damià Barceló, Dr Clàudia Fontàs Rigau, Dr Eva Margui Grabulosa, Dr Manuela Hidalgo Muñoz, Dr Mira Petrovic, Dr Victoria Salvadó MartínDr Sara Rodríguez-MozazDr Jelena Radjenovic, Dr María José Farré

Tutors: Dr. Clàudia Fontàs RigauDr. Manuela Hidalgo MuñozDr. Eva Margui GrabulosaDr. Victoria Salvadó Martín

Lines of research of the IDAEA of the CSIC in Environmental Pollution

6. Emergent organic pollutants in the aquatic ecosystem: analysis, destination, processes and risks

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Sergi Díez Salvador, Dr Joan Grimalt Obrador

Tutors: Dr. Anna M. Romaní Cornet

7. Study of pollutants in continental waters in remote zones

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Sergi Díez Salvador, Dr Joan Grimalt Obrador

Tutors: Dr. Anna M. Romaní Cornet

8. Environmental toxicology

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Carlos Barata Martí, Dr Benjamí Piña Capó

Tutors: Dr. Anna M. Romaní Cornet

Lines of research in Ecology (UdG and ICRA)

9. Limnology of lagoons and marshes, structure of aquatic communities (1215, 1216 and 1217)

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Daniel Boix Masafret, Dr Emili García-Berthou, Dr Estefania Gascon GarcíaDr Francesc X. de Quintana Pou

Tutors: Dr Daniel Boix MasafretDr Emili García-BerthouDr Estefania Gascon GarcíaDr Francesc X.de Quintana Pou

10. Biogeochemistry of fluvial and lacustrine systems

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors: Dr Anna M. Romaní Cornet, Dr Sergi Sabater Cortés, Dr Rafael Marcé Romero, Dr Helena Guasch Padró

Tutors: Dr Anna M. Romaní CornetDr Sergi Sabater CortésDr Helena Guasch Padró

11. Ecology of lakes and reservoirs

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Emili García-Berthou, Dr Rafael Marcé Romero, Dr Sergi Sabater Cortés

Tutors: Dr. Emili García-BerthouDr. Sergi Sabater Cortés

12. Modelling aquatic ecosystems

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Sergi Sabater Cortés, Dr Rafael Marcé Romero

Tutors: Dr Sergi Sabater Cortés

13. Conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems (1218)

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Daniel Boix Masafret, Dr Emili García-Berthou, Dr Helena Guasch Padró, Dr Anna M. Romaní Cornet, Dr Sergi Sabater Cortés, Dr Anna Vila Gispert

Tutors: Dr Daniel Boix Masafret, Dr Emili García-Berthou, Dr Helena Guasch PadróDr Anna M. Romaní CornetDr Sergi Sabater CortésDr Anna Vila Gispert

14. Biological invasions in continental waters: introduction routes and vectors, life cycles and biological impacts (1219)

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Daniel Boix Masafret, Dr Emili García-Berthou, Dr Anna Vila Gispert

Tutors: Dr Daniel Boix MasafretDr Emili García-BerthouDr Anna Vila Gispert

15. Fluvial ecology and ecotoxicology (1214)

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Emili García-Berthou, Dr Helena Guasch Padró, Dr Anna M. Romaní Cornet, Dr Sergi Sabater Cortés

Tutors: Dr Emili García-Berthou, Dr Helena Guasch Padró, Dr Anna M. Romaní Cornet,  Dr Sergi Sabater Cortés

Lines of research of the Laboratory of genetic ichthyology at the UdG

16. Genetic resources of aquatic organisations (1307 and 1309)

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Jose Luis García Marín, Dr. Sandra Heras Mena, Dr. Maria Inés Roldán Borassi

Tutors: Dr Jose Luis García MarínDr Sandra Heras MenaDr Maria Inés Roldán Borassi

Lines of research in Aquatic Ecología at the CSIC-Blanes

17. Biogeodynamics and biodiversity of continental waters

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr David Alonso, Dr Emilio Ortega CasamayorDr Esperança Gàcia PasolaDr Eugènia Martí Roca,  Dr Marc Ventura Oller

Tutors: Dr. Anna M. Romaní Cornet

18. Biodiversity and functioning of marine benthos

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Rafael Coma Bau, Dr Manuel Maldonado Barahona

Tutors: Dr. Anna M. Romaní Cornet

Lines of research in Microbial Molecular Biology (UdG and ICRA)

19. Diversity, dynamics and activity of microorganisms in continental aquatic ecosystems.(610)

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Jose Luis BalcázarDr Lluís Bañeras Vives, Dr Carles Borrego Moré, Dr Emilio Ortega Casamayor, Dr Anna M. Romaní Cornet, Dr Xavier Vila Portella, Dr Frederich Gich Batlle

Tutors: Dr Lluís Bañeras VivesDr Carles Borrego MoréDr Anna M. Romaní CornetDr Xavier Vila PortellaDr Frederic Gich Batlle 

20. Characterisation of useful microorganisms in biotechnology and environmental engineering (611)

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis supervisors: Dr Jose Luis Balcázar, Dr Lluís Bañeras Vives, Dr Carles Borrego Moré, Dr Xavier Vila Portella, Dr Frederic Gich Batlle

Tutors: Dr Lluís Bañeras VivesDr Carles Borrego MoréDr Xavier Vila PortellaDr Frederic Gich Batlle

Lines of research in Chemical and Environmental Engineering (UdG and ICRA)

21. Design, operation and control of advanced processes for the biological treatment of urban and industrial waste waters (678)

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors: Dr M. Dolors Balaguer Condom, Dr Jesús Colprim Galceran, Dr Joaquim Comas Matas, Dr Lluís CorominasDr Manel Poch Espallargas, Dr Ignasi Rodríguez Roda, Dr Sebastià Puig Broch, Dr M. Teresa Pijuan Vilalta, Dr Oriol Gutiérrez

Tutors: Dr M. Dolors Balaguer CondomDr Jesús Colprim GalceranDr Joaquim Comas Matas, Dr Manel Poch EspallargasDr Ignasi Rodríguez RodaDr Sebastià Puig Broch

22. Systems to aid decision-making applied to environmental domains (679)

Researchers and potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr Joaquim Comas Matas, Dr Lluís Corominas, Dr Manel Poch Espallargas, Dr Ignasi Rodríguez Roda

Tutors: Dr Joaquim Comas MatasDr Manel Poch EspallargasDr Ignasi Rodríguez Roda

23. Processes of adsorption/oxidation for effluent treatment (680)

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors: Dr Rafael González Olmos, Dr Gianluigi Buttiglieri, Dr Wolfgang GernjakDr M. Dolors Balaguer Condom, Dr Maria José Martín Sánchez, Dr Manel Poch Espallargas

Tutors: Dr M. Dolors Balaguer CondomDr Maria José Martín SánchezDr Manel Poch Espallargas

24. Appraisal of resources in the water-energy binomial (681)

Researchers and potential doctoral theses supervisors: Dr M. Dolors Balaguer Condom, Dr Jesús Colprim Galceran,  Dr Maria José Martín Sánchez, Dr Sebastià Puig Broch, Dr Rafael González OlmosDr Gianluigi Buttiglieri 

Tutors: Dr M. Dolors Balaguer CondomDr Jesús Colprim GalceranDr Maria José Martín SánchezDr Sebastià Puig Broch

 

Additional requirements

The regulations governing the teaching programmes of doctoral degrees at the University of Girona establish that the Academic Committees of each doctoral programme may establish requirements additional to those set out by the School of Doctoral Studies in the following cases:

  1. The Academic Committees will be able to establish requirements and criteria in addition to those provided for in article 3 for the selection and admission of students to the corresponding doctoral programme.

  2. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a thesis tutor.

  3. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a thesis director.

  4. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme will be able to establish additional requirements for the authorisation to present a thesis in the form of compendium of publications.

  5. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a member of the thesis tribunal.

  6. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements to award the mention "cum laude".

Access

The Doctoral Programme in Water Science and Technology is governed by Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which establishes the organisation of official doctoral studies programmes. The access requirements are those set out in this Royal Decree and which can be consulted at the following web address www.udg.edu/doctorat/acces.

Admission criteria

Admission onto the programme takes place after the pre-enrolment has been carried out and the Academic Office of the Secretary has checked that the applicant fulfils the access criteria to the school of doctoral degrees of the University of Girona.

The Commission will take two aspects into account for admission onto the Science and Technology of Water programme:

  • The candidate's curriculum
  • Previous contact with one of the programme's research groups

In relation to point 1) the Commission will prioritise above all candidates that have been awarded or have requested a competitive pre-doctoral scholarship of 3 or 4 years. Second, the Academic Committee will appraise the applications according to the following criteria, which are presented in order of priority and with the relevant weighting:

1) Academic record (60%) The main selection criteria that will be taken into account is the average grade of the subjects related to the field of the lines of research of the programme.

2) Curriculum vitae (30%). Previous learning in the areas related to the lines of research of the programme will be looked upon positively. Professional experience, publications and level of proficiency in languages will also be appraisable merits.

3) Motivation (10%). The research interests stated by the candidates will be appraised along with the extent to which they are aligned with one of the lines of research of the programme.

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, candidate applications will be arranged in order of priority.

In relation to point 2), once the pre-enrolment has been done, the Commission consults the complementary information requested in the pre-enrolment process where the candidate has to specify 1) If they have had previous contact with the research group, indicating a potential theses director with whom they have already made an agreement; 2) Provide information about the research subject; and 3) State if they have had previous experience in the subject. If no previous contact has been made with a research group, the Commission gets in touch with the candidate and gives them information of the groups and lines of research so that they can get in touch with potential thesis supervisors for the purpose of reaching an agreement, later adding this information on the pre-enrolment website. When this information is complete, including naming a potential thesis supervisor, the commission confirms with the proposed supervisor that this prior agreement has indeed been made, and the student is assigned an academic tutor on the programme.

Training courses

Regarding educational activities, the School of Doctoral Studies organises courses, seminars and other cross-disciplinary educational activities (soft skills) directed at research training and assisting with the writing and presentation of the doctoral thesis. We ask that the courses be given in English as our language of choice, although Catalan is the language most frequently used. They are generally 10-hour courses or seminars. There are a series of activities that are transferable and are of interest to all doctoral programmes, and others that are specific to a particular doctoral programme 

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