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 award ceremony took place today, November 19, at the Lonja in the city of València. It counted with the participation of His Majesty, the King of Spain and the Mayor of the city of València, Joan Ribó.

Licia Verde awarded the Rei Jaume I prize
Credit: Valentí Bosch

The jury of this 33rd edition of the awards has bestowed this prize upon Dr. Verde in recognision of "her work in theoretical astrophysics, which tackles complex questions such as the origin, composition, structure and evolution of the Universe. Her findings about the Universe have played a key role in our understanding of the current standard model of cosmology. The tools she has developed are now part of the syllabus of Cosmology textbooks".

The award comprehends a golden medal, a diploma and 100.000 euros, with the agreemnet to reinvest part of the money on reseach and innovation in Spain.

We want to transmit our congratulations to Dr.Verde.

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.