The 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science UK and Ireland Fellows were announced at the Royal Society in London on 23 June.
By honouring post-doctoral level women in science with flexible financial aid, the prize is completely unique. Recipients can spend the awards in any way that will help them with their research whether that be buying new research equipment, travelling to professional conferences or paying for childcare. This year the Fellowship received more applications than ever before, with a record 350 post-doctoral researchers competing for the £15,000 prize money. For the first time, applications were invited in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics.
In the final round of submissions candidates were whittled down from 8 to 5 finalists, undergoing an intensive interview, and delivering a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation on their proposed research. The 2015 jury was Chaired by Professor Pratibha Gai and included UKNC Natural Sciences Director, Dr. Beth Taylor.
The 2015 Fellows are:
- Dr Aarti Jagannath for her work in setting the body clock,
- Dr Joanne Durgan for her work in cell cannibalism in cancer: exploring the control and impact of entosis in tumours,
- Dr Paola Crippa for her work in modelling particulate matter pollution from vegetation fires in South-East Asia,
- Dr Rita Tojeiro for her work in bright stars and dark energy and
- Dr Triona Ni Chonghaile for her work in the development of a novel HDAC6 inhibitor that can kill chemoresistant breast cancers
The Fellows receive a number of other benefits to help their careers, including media training, personal impact coaching, networking events and career mentors. Shortlisted candidates that made it to the penultimate round were awarded a £1,000 bursary and a ‘Highly Commended’ accolade.