The Direction heads the constant and immediate direction of ICRA’s activities

Damià Barcelò  l   Director
Research Professor (CSIC Associated)  l  Tel. (34) 972 18 33 80

Born in Menàrguens (Lleida) in 1954, he obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Analytic Chemistry from the same university in 1984. He was permanent lecturer at the University of Barcelona’s Department of Analytic Chemistry from 1977 to 1986. From 1987 to 1993 and from 1993 to 1999, he worked as scientific associate and scientific researcher, respectively, at the Barcelona Institute of Environmental Chemistry Research’s (IIQAB) Department of Environmental Chemistry and at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He is currently research professor and deputy director of the Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDAEA) run by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Since 1999, he has been a member of various international scientific committees of renowned institutions.

In 2007, he received the King James I Prize for Environmental Protection.

He was appointed Director of the ICRA on 27 May 2008.

His research career has been focused on the area of water quality, particularly in the development of methods for controlling organic pollution by the so-called “emerging pollutants” (polar pesticides, surfactants –detergents–, endocrine disruptors and pharmaceutical products) in waste and natural water.

Visiting professor at the King Saud University, Riyadh, Arabia Saudí, during 2010 and 2011.

In October 2010 he is chosen, among the most internationally cited scientists, by the number and the exceptional quality of his publications, to join the ISI Highly Cited, a select group that brings together the most cited researchers worldwide. He is included in the Ecology and Environment Area. As of January 2015 at position 85 of the Hirsch-Index, included in ISIHighlyCited. (Number of times quoted: 31 848 citations, with an average per item: 32.97). According to the classification of the Essential Science Indicator (Essential Science Indicator ranking) has a total of 12 735 citations: 7714 appointments in the area of Chemistry (position 423 in the world ranking) and 4,226 appointments in the Environment / Ecology (position 52 in the world ranking).

In 2011 he is chosen Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Board (STB) in the frame of the European Union-Joint Programming Initiative on "Water Challenges for a Changing World".

In October 2012 he is awarded with the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water of Saudi Arabia that is offered each two years. The Prize in the category of Water Management & Protection is by the work done at the leading edge of water science in understanding the effect of pharmaceuticals in the water environment, developing new methods for future risk assessment and management of emerging contaminants and the investigation of water quality in intensively-used basins.

In December 2012 he is awarded with the Recipharm International Environmental Prize, a Swedish company leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in Europe, that awarded each year since 2008 an international award for best environmental performance or environmental best practise and innovation within the pharmaceutical industry or academic world. The award is for his scientific career in the world of emerging pollutants and pharmaceutical compounds hat affect the environment.

In 2014 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Ioannina (Greece).


Barceló, D. – Associated editor of Trends in Analytical Chemistry (Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands) 1993 to present.

Barceló, D. - Editor of Wilson & Wilson, Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry, book series (Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands) 1997 to present.

Barceló, D. – Editorial Advisory Board Member of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (Springer, Berlin, Germany) 2002 fins to present.

Barceló, D. - Editorial Advisory Board Member of Talanta (Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2002 to present.

Barceló, D. - Co-Editor-in-chief of The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, book series (Springer, Berlin, Alemanya) 2007 to present.

Barceló, D. – Associated editor of Environment International (Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2009 to present.

Barceló, D. - Co-Editor-in-chief of Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN), (Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2012 to present.

Barceló, D. - Editorial and Program Advisory Board Member of Water Program (Springer, Berlin, Germany) 2013 to present.


- Chairman of the Scientific and Technological Board (STB) of the EU-Joint Programming Initiative on “Water challenges for a changing World” since 2011-up-to-date.


As of January 2015, he has been Instructor of 42 PhDs, short and continuous education courses in Universities from Spain, South Korea, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia among others as well as at PITTCON , SETAC and ExTech international conferences.

The Deputy Direction heads the three ICRA’s Research Areas

AI- Resources and Ecosystems research area
AII -Water Quality research area
AIII - Technologies and Evaluation reserach area 

Sergi Sabater  l  Deputy Director
Research Professor (UdG Associated)  l  Tel. (34) 972 18 33 80


Born in Barcelona in 1958, he obtained a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Barcelona in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the same University in 1987. He was permanent lecturer at the University of Barcelona’s Department of Biology (Ecology) from 1991 to 2001 and at the University of Girona’s Department of Environmental Science from 2001 to 2003. Since then, he has been Full Professor of Ecology at the University of Girona (UdG).

He is currently Co-Director of the Master in Water Science and Technology Programme (University of Girona) and the Master in Fundamental and Applied Ecology Programme (University of Barcelona-University of Girona). 

He has been Deputy Director of the ICRA since 2008. 

His research career has been focused on the ecology of fluvial ecosystems. His preferred lines of research are the ecology of river algae and biofilms, the ecotoxicology of biofilms, the metabolism and functioning of fluvial systems, and the effects of global change on fluvial systems.



Sabater, S. – Editorial Advisory Committee Member of Annales de Limnologie/International Journal of Limnology (EDP Sciences- Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom), 2006 to present.

Sabater, S.- Editorial Advisory Board Member of International Scholarly Research Network /Ecology (Hindawi Publishing Corporation, New York, USA) 2009 to present.


The General Managing heads the R&D&i Support Services

Iván Sánchez  l  General Manager  l  Tel. (34) 972 18 33 80

Born in Barcelona in 1970, he obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry, speciality Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1993.
Process engineer at the Process Development Center of Fine Chemicals (CDPQF) of the General Laboratory Testing and Research (LGAI) of Catalonia from 1995 to 1999.
CDPQF manager of LGAI from 2000 to 2005.
Industry Area Director of the Certification Division of Applus+ from 2006 to 2007.
Management Development Program (PDD) at IESE in 2007.
On August 25, 2008 he was appointed General Manager of the ICRA.


Olga Corral  l  Personal Assistant  l  Tel. (34) 972 18 34 15