Ignasi Ribas

Ignasi Ribas is director of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and researcher at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE), part of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

He holds a degree and PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona (UB), and completed a one and a half year postdoctoral position at Villanova University (Pennsylvania, USA) with a Fulbright scholarship. Later, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Barcelona (UB), a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the ICE, and achieved the position of Tenured Scientist at the same institute. In 2012, he was promoted to Research Scientist, a position that he holds today.

His lines of work are centered mainly on exoplanet research, and the precise knowledge of stars, with a focus on improving planet search and classification techniques. Furthermore, he is actively involved in instrumentation projects, both on earth and in space, with the aim of discovering new planets similar to Earth. Noteworthy projects include CARMENES, in which he is principal scientist, and the CHEOPS, PLATO and ARIEL space missions.

He has published around 150 research papers in international journals, including Nature and Science, which have had a great impact on the scientific community with over 7000 citations in articles by other researchers. He has also been a guest speaker in over twenty conferences from different fields of his lines of work. He has directed seven PhDs, all of which have obtained the highest grade. Additionally, he has undertaken short research visits to renowned international space science research centers.

From 2012 to 2015, he was president of the Division of Stars and Stellar Physics of the International Astronomic Union, with over 2500 astronomer members from all over the world. He has been an associate of the National Agency of Evaluation and Forward Planning in the area of space, and member of the Astronomy Working Group of the European Space Agency. In addition, he has acted as an assessor and expert in international scientific committees of different organizations. Finally, he has received several accolades, such as the Undergraduate and PhD Special Awards in 1996 and 1999 (UB), and the Wempe Award 2007 (Potsdam, Germany).

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