The leader of the Cosmology and Large Scale Structure research group of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) Licia Verde has been distinguished with the Rei Jaume I Award for Basic Research given by the Rei Jaume I Foundation.

The ceremony took place last Tuesday, June 8, in the Palau de la Generalitat and it was chaired by the President of the Comunitat Valenciana Ximo Puig.

Licia Verde joined the ICCUB as an ICREA researcher on 2009. She has carried her research in several fields in all of which she has become a key referent: from theoretical Cosmology and Cosmic Microwave radiation to Large Scale Structure, Galaxy Clusters or Statistical Applications to precision Cosmology. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the main cosmology projects such as 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey (2dFGRS), Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI).

She stands on a long list of awards and distinctions: the Gruber Prize for Cosmology (2012), the Group Achievement NASA award (for her contribution on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe space mission, the National Research Award of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2018) and the Narcís Monturiol Medal (2019), all of which are a testimony to her scientific career.

You can learn more about her research in the piece: «Licia Verde: una carrera reconeguda en cosmologia de precisió»