2017 International Rising Talents

For many years, the L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science programme has recognized the importance of highlighting and supporting the achievements of younger women who are in the early stages of their scientific careers, in addition to honoring distinguished women scientists. In 2014, the L’Oréal-UNESCO programme has established the International Rising Talent Grants, awarded annually to 15 PhD students and post-doctoral Fellows.

These young researchers, who are chosen among the former winners of the 250 fellowships awarded locally by L’Oréal subsidiaries and UNESCO around the world, are indeed the future of science. From the outset it was clear that through the awards, these young scientists achieved the increased recognition that their talent deserved, but did not always receive, both within their country and by their peers. These young women have the power to change to world and recognition will help ensure they reach their full potential.

International Rising Talents are chosen from countries in each world region, Africa & Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. 

These scientists will be recognized at the first annual International Rising Talents Gala on March 21st, to celebrate their work in the following 5 categories:

Watching the brain at work

Doctor Lorina NACI
Canada
Fundamental medicine
In a coma: is the patient conscious or unconscious?

Associate Professor Muireann Irish
Australia
Clinical medicine
Recognizing Alzheimer’s before the first signs appear.

On the road to conceiving new medical treatments

Doctor Hyun Lee
Germany
Biological Sciences
Neurodegenerative diseases: untangling aggregated proteins.

Doctor Nam-Kyung Yu
Republic of Korea
Biological Sciences
Rett syndrome: neuronal cells come under fire

Doctor Stephanie Fanucchi
South Africa
Biological Sciences
Better understanding the immune system.

Doctor Julia Etulain
Argentina
Biological Sciences
Better tissue healing.

Finding potential new sources of drugs

Doctor Rym Ben Sallem
Tunisia
Biological Sciences
New antibiotics are right under our feet.

Doctor Hab Joanna Sulkowska
Poland
Biological Sciences
Unraveling the secrets of entangled proteins.

Getting to the heart of matter

Ms Nazek El-Atab
United Arab Emirates
Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Miniaturizing electronics without losing memory.

Doctor Bilge Demirkoz
Turkey
Physics
Piercing the secrets of cosmic radiation.

Doctor Tamara Elzein
Lebanon
Material Sciences
Trapping radioactivity.

Doctor Ran Long
China
Chemistry
Unlocking the potential of energy resources with nanochemistry.

Examining the past to shed light on the future – or vice versa

Doctor Fernanda Werneck
Brazil
Biological Sciences
Predicting how animal biodiversity will evolve.

Doctor Sam Giles
United Kingdom
Biological Sciences
Taking another look at the evolution of vertebrates thanks to their braincases.

Doctor Ágnes Kóspál
Hungary
Astronomy and Space Sciences
Looking at the birth of distant suns and planets to better understand the solar system.

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