Prix Jeunes Talents France 2021

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science:
35 award-winning women researchers

Paris, October 4, 2021 - The COVID crisis has shown us that to meet the major challenges facing the world, we need to mobilize all our 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 under-represented in scientific research: today they account for just 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 in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.The year we've just been 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 in the healthcare professions," says Alexandra Palt, Executive Director of the L'Oréal Foundation. Women's perspectives and expertise are absolutely essential to building a resilient, sustainable and inclusive world. Women must be given their rightful place in research, as gender bias limits the scope and impact of future discoveries."


For the 15th annual Prix Jeunes Talents France 2021, the L'Oréal Foundation and its partners, the Académie des Sciences and the French National Commission for UNESCO, are reaffirming their commitment to working alongside women scientists, to make them visible, support them and promote them within research.

This year, 21 female doctoral candidates and 14 female post-doctoral candidates in France were selected from 740 applications by a jury of excellence comprising 28 researchers from the Académie des sciences.

These promising scientists received an endowment (€15,000 for PhD students, €20,000 for post-docs) to help them pursue their research. They also benefited from leadership training (management, negotiation, public speaking, etc.) designed to give them additional resources to help them tackle the glass ceiling that remains a reality in the world of research.

Coming from mainland France and overseas, and from a wide variety of research fields (genetics and ecology research, treatments for female infertility, studies of viruses and chronic diseases, astronomy, cybersecurity, etc.), many of these young female researchers are keen to share and pass on their passion for science, in order to inspire the scientists of tomorrow. "It' s important to have a supportive ecosystem of other women to gain the confidence to achieve your career goals, " says Dorien Maas, a post-doctoral researcher in psychiatry and neuroscience, for example. Similarly, biologist Jessika Consuegra asserts that "anyone , regardless of income, origin or gender, should be able to find their place in science ".

To encourage the emergence of a new generation of excellent female researchers, the L'Oréal Foundation, working alongside UNESCO, awards nearly 250 grants every year in over 110 countries, via its national and regional Young Talents for Women in Science programs, aimed at providing specific support to doctoral and post-doctoral students at a key moment in their careers.

THE L'Oréal-UNECO Pour les Femmes et la Science YOUNG TALENTS FRANCE 2021 AWARD PALMARES

Biological Sciences - Engineering

Maëlle Bellec - Unlocking the mysteries of embryonic development

Morgane Boulch - Developing immunotherapy to fight cancer

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

Claire Dessalles - Developing new therapies by studying cell response to mechanical forces

Océane Dufies - Better detection of pathogenic bacteria to boost immunity

Anne-Gaëlle Goubet - Treating bladder cancer with immunotherapy

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

Young Kyoung Park - Metabolically engineering yeast to produce microbial oils as an alternative to fossil fuels

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

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

Lauren Reynolds - Understanding the developmental origins of psychiatric illnesses 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 through neuroscience

Gladys Gutiérrez Bugallo - Defining how mosquitoes transmit viruses 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 with a view to their conservation

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 to island biodiversity

Physics and Chemistry

Anaïs Abramian - Modeling natural flows to prevent their behavior

Laëtitia Baringthon - Increasing the computing 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 Jupiter's atmosphere using fluid mechanics experiments

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

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

Laura Scalfi - Molecular-scale modeling of metal-liquid interfaces for energy storage

Nour Skaf - Developing instrumental tools for observing 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.