2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards

Each year, scientists from all over the world are invited to submit candidates for the Awards. Final selection of the Laureates is made by an international jury of eminent members of the scientific community. This year, the jury was chaired by Professor Christian Amatore, from the French Academy of sciences. Discover the 2015 Laureates.

Professor Thaisa Storchi Bergmann, Laureate for Latin America

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Passionate and determined, she is convinced that education for all is the key to a better world and, through her work, she hopes to contribute to promoting science as a captivating and fun career path. Prof. Thaisa Storchi Bergmann has been honored for her work leading to the understanding of massive black holes, one of the most enigmatic and complex phenomena of the universe: she was the first researcher to discover that matter could escape from black holes.

PROFESSOR YI XIE, LAUREATE FOR ASIA-PACIFIC

Yi Xie

Committed to preserving our planet, she has dedicated her life to finding new and intelligent solutions to address the environmental challenge. Prof.Yi Xie has been rewarded for her significant contributions to creating new nanomaterials with promising applications in the conversion of heat or sunlight into electricity. Her work will greatly contribute to lessening pollution and boosting energy efficiency, and will open promising prospects for the future.

PROFESSOR DAME CAROL ROBINSON, LAUREATE FOR EUROPE

Carol Robinson

A risk‐taker, Prof. Robinson has always done things her way: she left school at 16, studied part‐time whilst working and then took an eight year career break to raise her children before returning to academia. Prof. Dame Carol Robinson has been honored for creating a revolutionary method for studying how proteins function, particularly membrane proteins, and establishing a whole new scientific field: gas phase structural biology. Her pioneering work could have a significant impact on medical research.

PROFESSOR MOLLY S. SHOICHET, LAUREATE FOR NORTH AMERICA

Molly Shoichet

A people person, she also participates in special athletic events for people with spinal cord injuries, is actively involved in human rights issues and has contributed to launching a social media campaign designed to “connect today’s research with tomorrow’s reality.” Prof. Molly S. Shoichet has been rewarded for the development of new materials to regenerate damaged nerve tissue and for a new method that can deliver drugs directly to the spinal cord and brain. Her work is putting chemistry at the service of medicine in spectacular new ways.

PROFESSOR RAJAA CHERKAOUI EL MOURSLI, LAUREATE FOR AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli

Nicknamed « research activist », she dedicates much of her time to raising the level of scientific research in her country and has been instrumental in improving Moroccan healthcare by creating the 1st master’s degree in medical physics. Prof. Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli has been honored for her key contribution to one of the greatest discoveries in physics: proof of the existence of the Higgs Boson, the particle responsible for the creation of mass in the universe.