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Cosmologist Licia Verde and the program Nanoeduca are awarded the National Research Prize and the National Scientific Communication Prize

Licia Verde, cosmologist at ICCUB.

Licia Verde, cosmologist at ICCUB.

A workshop from the program NanoEduca.

A workshop from the program NanoEduca.

10/01/2019

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Licia Verde, ICREA researcher in the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), has been awarded the National Research Prize 2018. This award, given by the Catalan Government and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRi), awards the researcher who has recently contributed internationally to the progress of a scientific discipline in any of his or her fields: human and social sciences, life and health sciences, engineering and technology and experimental sciences. Moreover, the program NanoEduca, by the University of Barcelona, the Catalan Institute of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (ICN2), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Center for Pedagogical Support Resources to Innovation and Educational Research (CESIRE), was awarded the National Scientific Communication Prize.

The jury valued Verde’s task for her pioneering findings on the Universe and to contribute decisively to understand how matter and dark energy are distributed in the universe. Licia Verde has been an ICREA researcher in ICCUB since 2010 and leads the Research Group of Cosmologies and Large Scale Structures. Among other awards, she received an ERC Starting Grant in 2009 and Gruber Cosmology Prize in 2012. She is an expert in fields ranging from theoretical cosmology to cosmic radiation of microwave fields, going through large scale structures, galaxy cumulus, statistical applications and data analysis. During her professional career, Verde worked on the main cosmology projects of the last decade: 2dF Galazy Redshift Survey (2dFGRS), Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) and Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).

 

Dissemination on nanotechnology, awarded

Also, the program NanoEduca, developed by CCiTUB, the Institute of Education Sciences (ICE) and NanoDivulga UB, together with ICN2, CESIRE (Department of Education) and UAB), was awarded the National Scientific Communication Prize for “introducing nanoscience and nanotechnology among secondary education students and lecturers”. NanoEduca was created with the aim of getting secondary education teachers used to the tools, language and processes of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and to create learning workshops to apply in the classroom.

The National Research Prize to Young Talent was given to Marc Güell, researcher at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF); the National Prize on Scientific Sponsorship was given to Pasqual Maragall Foundation, and the National Prize for Public and Private Partnership in R&D was given to Repsol-BSC Research Center.

 

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