Women in Science: PSL doctoral students and postdoc fellows granted the 2021 L'Oréal-UNESCO Young Talents award


On October 7, seven young female researchers from PSL received the L'Oréal-UNESCO "Young Talents France" award as part of the "For Women in Science" 2021 program, awarded by the L'Oréal Foundation with the French Academy of Sciences and the French National Commission for the UNESCO.

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Sophie Bavard, Alice Marcotte, Pauline Palmas, Lauren Reynold, Nour Skaf, Judith Pineau and Marina Katava are doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows at the ENS – PSL, the ESPCI Paris – PSL, the labex Corail of the EPHE - PSL, the Observatoire de Paris – PSL, the Institut Curie and the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique. Their research work explores fields ranging from biology to computer science, astrophysics, ecology or mathematics within the cutting-edge laboratories and departments of Université PSL, such as the Laboratoire de Physique of the Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL, the Laboratoire de Plasticité of the ESPCI Paris- PSL, the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives et Computationnelles of the ENS - PSL, the LESIA of the Observatoire de Paris - PSL, the Immunité et Cancer team of the Institut Curie, the Labex Corail, the Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique of the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique...

The seven brilliant young researchers were selected among more than 700 other applicants because of the excellence of their academic level, the originality of their scientific project, but also their desire to pass on their passion to the younger generation. They will receive a €15,000 research grant for doctoral students and €20,000 grant for post-doctoral students, and each of them will benefit from a training program to complement their scientific career and help them break the glass ceiling.

For 15 years, the L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" Young Talent program has been promoting the rise of a new balance of power in the scientific field. Every year, Université PSL calls young scientists to apply for this call for projects and is really proud to include so many winners.

 “We need to encourage young women in science to take the plunge!” , a joint interview with Fabienne Casoli (President of the Observatoire de Paris–PSL), Anne Christophe (Associate Director, Sciences, at ENS–PSL), Geneviève Almouzni (CNRS Research Director at the Institut Curie) and Annie Colin (Associate Director, Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes).

The winners

PSL also congratulates Laura Monk, from the ENS-PSL and now a doctoral student at the Université de Strasbourg: she was awarded the prize as well.

The previous winners of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Young Talents awards: