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

Research Professor (Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research IDAEA-CSIC), Barcelona-Spain. Since 2008 Director of the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA-BUSCA). Girona, Spain. Honorary Doctorate from the Universities of Ioannina, Greece, in 2014 and from the University of Lleida, June 2021 and the University of Almeria, Spain in May 2022, Honorary and Visiting Professor at ZAFU University, Hangzhou, China 2019 - 2022. External Expert at East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, China, 2021. Awards received: Recipharm Environmental Award, Sweden in 2012 ,Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW), Saudi Arabia in 2012 and King Jaime I Prize on Environmental Protection from the Generalitat de València, Spain in 2007 . Since 1992 he has supervised > 67 doctoral theses. Scientific expertise: Analysis, fate, risk and removal of emerging contaminants and microplastics from water, Epidemiology of drugs and proteins in wastewater. Since 2010 he is on the list of most highly cited scientists , ISI Highly Cited, , with a Hirsch-Index of 176 and a total number of citations of more than 139,000 thousand (> 88 k) and more than 1600 publications (source Google Scholar). Editor of Elsevier journals: STOTEN, GREEAC, Methods X, CSCEE, AND CO ESH, and book series: CAC, ACP and HEC

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

Professor of Ecology at the University of Girona (UdG). His research career has been focused on the ecology of fluvial ecosystems, particularly regarding the role of biofilms, the metabolism and functioning of fluvial systems, and the effects of global change on fluvial systems.


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  Executive Personal Assistant  l  Tel. (34) 972 18 34 15

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