Licia Verde, ICREA researcher at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), has been awarded the National Research Prize 2018. This distinction, granted by the Government of the Generalitat and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRi) recognizes the researcher who has recently contributed significantly internationally to the advancement of a scientific discipline in any of its fields: human and social sciences, life sciences and health, engineering and technology and experimental sciences.
The jury has valued the work of Licia Verde for its pioneering findings on Universe and to contribute decisively to understand how matter and dark energy are distributed in the universe. Licia Verde is an ICREA researcher at the ICCUB since 2010 and leads the Cosmology and Large Scale Structure Group. Among other awards, she received a Starting Grant from the ERC in 2009 and the Gruber Prize for Cosmology in 2012. She is an expert in topics of theoretical cosmology, cosmic microwave background radiation, large-scale structure statistical applications and data analysis. On a large scale, galaxy clusters, statistical applications and data analysis. During her professional career, Verde has worked on the main cosmology projects of the last decade: 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey (2dFGRS), Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) and Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).
The National Research Prize for Young Talent was by Marc Güell, a researcher at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF); The National Award for Scientific Patronage has been awarded to the Pasqual Maragall Foundation, and the National Prize for the Public-Private Partnership in R & I at the Repsol-BSC Research Center.