Pratibha Gai, Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Founding Professor of Electron Microscopy and co-director of the York Nanocentre at the University of York chaired the judging panel for the 2014 For Women in Science Awards, announced at the Royal Society in London on 19th June 2014. The awards are run in partnership with the UK National Commission for UNESCO, the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society.
“…They are deeply talented, committed and hard-working scientists…”
We had an absolutely outstanding shortlist this year, and these four women – Dr. Clémence Blouet, Dr Tracy Briggs, Dr. Eva-Maria Graefe and Dr. Sneha Malde exemplify perfectly what the For Women in Science Fellowships stand for.
They are deeply talented, committed and hard-working scientists, who have huge passion for their research areas. I am excited to see what they all achieve in the coming year, and am confident that the influence and dedication of the female scientific community in the UK is well represented by these remarkable women.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women In Science Fellowship 2014 Award winners (pictured left to right in the main image above are):
Dr. Eva-Maria Graefe, Imperial College London, ‘Engineering holes in quantum systems’
Dr. Clémence Blouet, University of Cambridge, ‘The consequences of high-fat intake on the hypothalamus and the mechanism behind obesity.’
Dr Tracy Briggs, University of Manchester, ‘Understanding single-gene disorders that lead to systemic lupus’
Dr. Sneha Malde, University of Oxford, ‘Searching for New Physics through measuring the differences between matter and anti-matter’
- Winners from the University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, Imperial College London and University of Oxford were each granted a £15,000 flexible fellowship to help further their research
- The four winners stated that they will be using their prize money for a range of support such as equipment, field trips, attendance at conferences, childcare and collaborations.
- Of the 289 women who applied for the fellowships, one in four said that they would use the fellowship money to fund childcare, highlighting the unique value of the fellowship in providing flexible funding to support women in science.