Lucia Fonseca De La Bella Portrait

Dr Lucia Fonseca De La Bella


My main life goal is "breaking barriers to advance our knowledge, technology and make social advances for all humanity". As a researcher, I achieve this goal by working on cutting-edge research exploring ground-breaking methods, collaborating with interdisciplinary and international groups and making science open, transparent and humane.

Keywords: space and cosmology.

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I was born in Cordoba (Andalucia, Spain) and I've been interested in science since a young age, dreaming about space travel.

I studied for my Physics Degree at the University of Cordoba, a small university with outstanding professionals where I met unforgettable friends, and finished at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. To expand my horizons, I did my Masters's year at the University of Aix-Marseille, France. 

This experience allowed me to start my new adventure at the University of Sussex, UK, to do my PhD with David Seery. After a one-year gap working as a private tutor in my home town, I became a post-doc at the University of Manchester working with Sarah Bridle and the SkyPy collaboration.

In March 2021, I joined the ICG Portsmouth to continue my work with Adam Amara and the Validation Team for galaxy clustering of the Science Ground Segment of the Euclid Consortium, ECSGS. 

Research interests

Space Projects

  • I have gained priceless experience in the space sector through my recent application for the LaunchUK Nanosat design competition (UK-SA) to detect atmospheric microplastics and tackle climate change.
  • As a SPace Academic Network (SPAN) fellow, I develop case studies for the ESA Council Ministerial Meeting (CMIN22), understanding the UK National Space Strategy and creating a professional network with governing bodies such as UK-SA and BEIS.



My primary goal as a researcher is to shorten the bridge between theory and observations in Cosmology. My strategies to achieve this goal are: 

  1. Accurate predictions of observables matching the accuracy level of the upcoming galaxy surveys. Examples of this are my PhD work on Effective Field Theory of Large Scale structure and my work on lensing and unequal-time correlators during my first postdoc at the University of Manchester.
  2. Open-source software: science should be open, completely accessible and easily reproducible. Examples of this are my contributions and authorship in a variety of high-quality open-source software:  SkyPy, unequalpy and corfu.
  3. Team work: fostering collaborations and respectful team dynamics, internationally and at my place of work. Currently, I am a coordinatior of the SkyPy collaboration and Validation Lead of the Spectroscopy Visibility Mask of the Euclid Science Ground Segment.
  4. Leadership skills developed through my own collaborations: EFTpy with an international team of experts in Dark Energy, and QGTpy connecting quantum thermometry and cosmological observations.