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The Institute of Aquatic Ecology (Institut d’Ecologia Aquàtica, IEA) of the University of Girona is a research center founded in 1987 and devoted to all aquatic ecosystems, including marine and inland water habitats (rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and wetlands). It is currently organised in three Sections (Limnology, Microbiology and Marine biology), corresponding to three research groups. It presently consists of over 30 researchers on a wide array of water ecology topics (including studies on bacteria, algae, macroinvertebrates and fish), what facilitates multidisplinary research.

Most of the IEA belongs to EcoAqua (research group recognized and funded by the Generalitat of Catalonia: 2014 SGR 484 and 2017 SGR 548). Members of the Marine Biology section belong to the also SGR-funded group MedRecover (SGR 1521) and coordinate the web page Health and Fish.

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3rd Ponderful workshop “Costs and Benefits of the Conservation of the Pletera marsh”

Last Friday, November 4, we held the workshop “Costs and Benefits of the Conservation of the la Pletera salt marsh” in l’Estartit with the participation of local actors and stakeholders from the Generalitat. The activity, which is included in the framework of the H2020 PONDERFUL project of which we are part, had a double objective


10/01 – IEA Seminar #1 “A microbial point of view on the functioning of drylands ecosystems” by JB Ramond


We invite you to the first IEA Seminar of the year: "A microbial point of view on the functioning of drylands ecosystems" by JB Ramond (Dept. of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) Tuesday, January 10, 2023

16/12 – Prismatic Annual Conference: Nature as a solution to environmental challenges


Dr. Xavier Quintana will be presenting the objectives of the Hidronet-Baix Ter projecte, a NextGen EU project aimed at restoring river ecosystems and reducing the risk of flooding in urban environments through nature-based solutions.

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