Young Talent Award France 2021

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science:
35 outstanding women researchers awarded

Paris, October 4, 2021 - The COVID crisis has shown us that in order to meet the major challenges facing the world, we must mobilize all talents. To help promote the scientific excellence of women, which remains under-recognized, the L'Oréal Foundation , together with the French Academy of Sciences and the French National Commission for UNESCO, is awarding the Prix Jeunes Talents Pour les Femmes et la Science France 2021 to 35 brilliant young female researchers .


Women are still too few in scientific research: they now represent only 33% of researchers worldwide, and 28% in France.[1] In Europe, 86%[2] of senior academic positions in science are held by men. And less than 4% of Nobel Prizes in science have been awarded to women.

This gap is widening all the more with the COVID-19 crisis.The year we have just gone through has put us to the test, but it has also revealed an immense potential for resilience and rebound on the part of women, particularly within the health professions," recalls Alexandra Palt, Executive Director of the L'Oréal Foundation. Women's perspectives and expertise are absolutely necessary to build a resilient, sustainable and inclusive world. Women must be allowed to take their rightful place in research, as gender bias limits the scope and impact of future discoveries."


For the 15th annual edition of the France 2021 Young Talent Award, the L'Oréal Foundation and its partners, the French Academy of Sciences and the French National Commission for UNESCO, are reaffirming their commitment to women scientists, to make them visible, to support them and to promote them within research.

This year, 21 female doctoral candidates and 14 female post-doctoral candidates were selected in France from among 740 applications by a jury of excellence composed of 28 researchers from the Academy of Sciences.

These promising scientists received an endowment (€15,000 for doctoral students, €20,000 for post-doctoral students), which will help them to continue their research work. They also received leadership training (management, negotiation, public speaking, etc.) to give them additional means to better face the glass ceiling that remains a reality in the world of research.

Coming from metropolitan France and overseas, and from very diverse fields of research (research in genetics and ecology, treatments for female infertility, studies of viruses and chronic diseases, astronomy, cybersecurity, etc.), many of these young women researchers want to share and transmit their passion for science, in order to inspire the scientists of tomorrow. "It' s important to have a supportive ecosystem of other women in order to gain the confidence to achieve your career goals, " says Dorien Maas, a postdoc in psychiatry and neuroscience, for example. Similarly, biologist Jessika Consuegra says that " anyone, regardless of income, background or gender, should be able to find their place in science."

To help a new generation of excellent women researchers emerge, the L'Oréal Foundation, alongside UNESCO, awards nearly 250 grants each year in more than 110 countries through its national and regional Young Talents for Women in Science programs, which aim to provide specific support to doctoral and post-doctoral students at a key moment in their careers.

THE PALMARES OF THE 2021 L'Oréal-UNECO Young Talents for Women in Science Prize

Biological Sciences - Engineering

Maëlle Bellec - Unlocking the mysteries of embryo development

Morgane Boulch - Developing immunotherapy to fight cancer

Jessika Consuegra - Identifying the positive effects of intestinal microbiota bacteria on their host

Claire Dessalles - Developing new therapies by studying the response of cells to mechanical forces

Océane Dufies - Better detection of pathogenic bacteria to stimulate immunity

Anne-Gaëlle Goubet - Treating bladder cancer with immunotherapy

Dorien Maas - Developing new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis

Young Kyoung Park - Developing yeast via metabolic engineering for the production of microbial oils as alternatives to fossil fuels

Judith Pineau - Identifying the polarization dynamics of B cells in the immune response

Laura Poillet-Perez - Understanding the mechanisms involved in leukemia resistance to therapies

Lauren Reynolds - Understanding the developmental origins of psychiatric diseases and improving their treatment

Marie Villares - Studying a bovine parasite to characterize new cancer treatments

Marion Rincel - Preventing the development of chronic diseases

Marjorie Whitfield - Defining the genetic causes of male infertility for better treatment

Health Sciences - Medicine

Sophie Bavard - Explaining our decision making with neuroscience

Gladys Gutiérrez Bugallo - Defining the modes of virus transmission by mosquitoes in Cuba

Nour El Houda Mimouni - Developing treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome

Cécile Tran Kiem - Developing mathematical and statistical approaches to study the COVID-19 pandemic in France

Environmental and Earth Sciences

Felambinintsoa Cathucia Andriamihaja - Understanding the evolution and biology of a group of orchids in order to conserve them

Lovely Euphrasie-Clotilde - Characterizing the impact of African sand mists on air quality in the Caribbean basin

Pauline Palmas - Assessing the threat of invasive alien species on island biodiversity

Physics and Chemistry

Anaïs Abramian - Modeling natural flows to prevent their behavior

Laëtitia Baringthon - Increasing the computational capacity of computers

Eszter Dudás - Modeling the atmosphere of distant giant planets

Marina Katava - Thermodynamics as a tool for creating new data carriers

Daphné Lemasquerier - Modeling the dynamics of the atmosphere of Jupiter by fluid mechanics experiments

Tepoerau Mai - Anticipating health risks related to toxic microalgae in New Caledonia

Alice Marcotte - Studying the physics of nanofluidic flows to design efficient membranes

Laura Scalfi - Modeling metal-liquid interfaces at the molecular scale for energy storage

Nour Skaf - Developing instrumental tools for the observation of exoplanets

Mathematics and Computer Science

Stella Bitchebe - Reducing the carbon footprint of data centers while improving their security

Gabrielle De Micheli - Securing information exchanges through cryptanalysis

Melpomeni Dimopoulou - Storing digital data in synthesized DNA

Lucile Laulin - Studying the random walk of the elephant and its applications in statistical physics

Laura Monk - Describing random hyperbolic surfaces

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[1 ] Source UNESCO, 2017:

[2] She Figures, 2018.