The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) pertains to the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, or CSIC). CSIC is the largest institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. ICE is a relatively new research center. It was officially created on January 17, 2008 (BOE #15, 3507, Orden ECI/4063/2007, of December 27, 2007). The Institute of Space Sciences also articulates CSIC’s participation in the Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC). In 2015, ICE moved to a new facility located at the campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. This building has 3500 square meters of useful space, distributed in laboratories and offices. In 2021, ICE achieved the Seal of Excellence in the María de Maeztu program, placing it among the most important research centers in the country.