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  • Galaxy M51, known as the Whirlpool galaxy, located at around 23 million light-years from Earth. Credits: PAU Cam.
  • Illustration of the Euclid space mission in space. Credits: ESA/Euclid/Euclid Consortium/NASA. Galaxies in the background: NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team.
  • Group picture of the institute's members: researchers, engineers, administration and communication staff. Credits: Xavier Lapuente.

Fascinated by space

We develop theoretical models and technologies to understand the Universe we live in, how it formed and evolved, and how it behaves.

An institution of excellence

The Institute of Space Sciences has been awarded the 'María de Maeztu' distinction of excellence. Discover more about the award and browse related available positions.


The new faces at the institute. Welcome, everyone!

  • Engineer Eduard Aguilar

    Sílvia Farràs

    Sílvia Farràs is a Mechanical Engineer and Astrophysicist currently working on the LISA project, specifically in the analysis of magnetic and temperature sensor measurements providing high stability and accuracy. For this purpose, she focuses on achieving the optimal mechanical configuration to carry out these scientific experiments.
  • Engineer Eduard Aguilar

    Sascha Husa

    Sascha Husa is a Faculty member whose research focuses on modelling the gravitational wave signals emitted by coalescing compact binaries, and the use of such models for gravitational wave data analysis with current and future gravitational wave detectors.
  • Engineer Eduard Aguilar

    Daniel Herencia

    Daniel Herencia is a Telecommunications Engineer currently working on the Mirror project, which aims to measure Deep Soil Moisture from Drones. His role within the team is to design, implement and validate the dual band RF front-end and electronic circuits.

  • Engineer Eduard Aguilar

    Zahra Baghkhani

    Zahra Baghkhani is a PhD student with a focus on cosmology and large scale structure of the Universe. Her current research centers on creating galaxy mock catalogues within cosmological simulations. These catalogues play a pivotal role in preparing and analyzing large galaxy surveys, helping to address fundamental questions about our Universe. 

  • Engineer Eduard Aguilar

    Eduard Aguilar

    Eduard Aguilar is currently working as an Embedded Systems Engineer within the Mirror Project team. In this role, he is primarily responsible for the development of firmware and VHDL modules. These components are designed to assure the data acquisition and processing, thereby ensuring the accurate functioning of the sensing equipment.

  • Engineer Arshad Karimbu Vallappil

    Arshad Karimbu Vallappil

    Arshad Karimbu Vallappil, an expert in RF Electronics Engineering, is involved in the MIRROR project, which focuses on measuring deep soil moisture from drones. Within our team, Arshad will be responsible for the design and development of dual-band passive reflectometry system. 

  • Administration staff Cristina Pino Mera

    Cristina Pino

    Cristina Pino Mera is responsible for project justification and she's in charge of the Latin American Chinese European Galaxy Formation Network (LACEGAL) project. She also supports the administration unit of the institute.