“Ask a scientist” 8M at the City of Arts and Sciences with Licia Verde

Licia Verde
Licia Verde, ICREA-ICCUB

Thanks to Einstein, we know that to gaze far away in space is the same as looking back in time. That’s why we have captured the light and taken images not only of the current universe but also of the young, adolescent and infant universes. Along the way, we have learnt a lot about the cosmos that surrounds us, its origin, evolution and the physical laws it abides by. The standard cosmological model is established and its parameters have been measured with an unprecedented precision. However, there’s still a number of unanswered questions: what composes the universe? How did it all began? What drives its expansion? This decade will be the golden epoch of the big mappings of the universe. The scientific community is putting in a colossal coordinated effort to capture the cosmos generating an exponentially growing set of data. This will bring new challenges and opportunities.

Licia Verde, winner of the Rey Jaume I award in basic research, astrophysicist at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the UB (ICCUB) and researcher of the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), will participate in the following activites at the City of Arts and Sciences of València, during the week in which we celebrate the International Women’s Day.


When? Friday, March 11 at 11 am

Where? Access through the west gate at the Menor del Museu street (besides the Hemispheric)



When? Thursday, March 10 at 7 pm

Where? Auditorium Santiago Grisolía, Science museum.



  1. Enter and leave The Auditorium in a staggered fashion, observing the safe interpersonal distance at all times. The eviction will be carried out starting with the last rows
  2. Follow the routes marked inside the facility.
  3. Wash your hands with disinfecting gel. Available at the entrance of the Auditorium
  4. Always use a mask
  5. Observe the safe interpersonal distance once inside the Auditorium.
  6. For reasons of hygiene, you must not share you seat with other attendees; the seats are personal and untransferable.
  7. Eating or drinking any type of food or beverage inside the facility is prohibited.
  8. For everyone's safety, follow these rules closely

About the author:

Licia Verde is an ICREA professor since 2007, and belongs to the Cosmology and Large Scale Structure research group at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences. Cosmology is the field of astrophysics that studies the origin, evolution and composition of the universe. Her group focuses on finding explanations for some of the still unanswered questions of cosmology, such as what dark energy is, or what originated the universe’s primordial perturbations.

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