The European Research Council (ERC) announced the awardees of the 2020 call for Advanced Grants. The total number of proposals submitted was 2,678, of which 209 were approved with an overall funding of € 507 million. ERC Advanced Grants are meant to support the most successful and promising European scientists and to encourage them to tackle ambitious, interdisciplinary projects.

ICREA researcher at the UAB Department of Mathematics and affiliated researcher at the CRM, Xavier Tolsa, has been awarded one of the Advanced Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). Tolsa will develop the scientific project Geometric Analysis and Potential Theory (GAPT), with the aim of studying different issues of mathematical analysis combining harmonic analysis techniques, geometric theory of measurement, and potential theory. Some of these issues deal with harmonic measurement, caloric measurement, rectifiability, and certain related free boundary problems. Although there have been numerous advances in these fields in recent years, there are still several open issues that this project plans to study.

Born in Barcelona in 1966, Tolsa first studied engineering, but later turned to mathematics. After obtaining his PhD in mathematics in 1998 (UAB), he spent about one year in Goteborg (University of Goteborg – Chalmers) and another year in Paris (Université de Paris-Sud), until he came back to Barcelona (UAB) by means of a “Ramón y Cajal” position. Since 2003, he has been at the UAB as an ICREA Research Professor. 

ERC Advanced Grants are the highest scientific awards of the European Union. It supports outstanding researchers across Europe. 

For his research, he has won several awards, such as the Salem Prize in 2002, the European Mathematical Society Prize in 2004, and the Rei Jaume I Prize for basic research in 2019. In addition, in 2012 he was already awarded an ERC Advanced Grant.

The CRM extends its congratulations to Professor Tolsa on this accomplishment.