About us

from our director,
Diego F. Torres

We are fascinated by space. The vast and dynamic sky makes us wonder and dream. We study it at all frequency ranges and via messengers other than photons, like cosmic-rays and gravitational waves, both from the ground and space.

Excelling in our research, we are interested in developing theoretical models and technologies to scrutinize planets, stars, galaxies, and the whole universe. We also aim at using space technologies to understand more about Earth, to model better its climate change, and to develop predictive tools that could help avoid the effects of natural disasters.

Overall, the main asset of our institute is the ability to produce cutting-edge theoretical modelling of what we study observationally, with instruments we help build.

Research is an adventure.

Let's do part of the way together.

Diego F. Torres


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.

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