Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC)

A María de Maeztu unit since 2020

The Institute of Space Sciences develop theoretical models and technologies to understand the Universe we live in, how it formed and evolved, and how it behaves.

The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) pertains to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and is affiliated with the Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC). Officially created in 2008, ICE-CSIC engages in theoretical and observational research across disciplines, including fundamental physics, astrophysics, planetary and Earth sciences.

The institute also develops theoretical models, as well as instrumentation and technology for space and ground-based missions and experiments. The institute is a María de Maeztu unit with a significant leadership in more than a dozen space missions, such as PAZ, LISA, Euclid, eXTP, Ariel, Athena and PLATO, as well as ground-based experiments like CTA, DES, DESI, PAU and CARMENES, among others