Celebrating 5 exceptional Women on the cutting-edge of Science

For the International Women’s Day and for the first edition of DiscovHer’s Newsletter, we are proud to share with you the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Laureates. They are being honored for their ground-breaking discoveries in the physical sciences. By studying the infinitely large to the infinitely small, they have pushed back the frontiers of knowledge to explain the most fundamental questions of the universe and contribute to solving some of today’s greatest challenges.

Prof. Thaisa Storchi Bergmann, Astrophysicist

Laureate for Latin America (Brazil)



Prof. Thaisa Storchi Bergmann is being 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. 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. Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli, Physicist

Laureate for Africa and the Arab States (Morocco)



Prof. Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli is being 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. 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. Yi Xie, Chemist

Laureate for Asia / Pacific (China)



Prof. Yi Xie is being honored 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. Committed to preserving our planet, she has dedicated her life to finding new and intelligent solutions to address the environmental challenge.


Prof. Dame Carol Robinson, Chemist

Laureate for Europe (UK)



Prof. Dame Carol Robinson is being 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. 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. Molly S. Shoichet, Chemist

Laureate for North America (Canada)



Prof. Molly S. Shoichet is being honored 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. 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.”


L’Oréal–UNESCO
For Women in Science

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