Women in Science: PSL doctoral students and postdoc fellows granted the 2022 L'Oréal-UNESCO Young Talents award


On October 11, six young female researchers from PSL received the L'Oréal-UNESCO "Young French Talent" award as part of the "For Women in Science" 2022 program, granted by the Fondation L'Oréal in partnership with the French Academy of Sciences and the French National Commission for UNESCO.

Les lauréates du prix Jeunes Talents France, L'Oréal - Unesco 2022

Noemi Renaudin, Chloé Pozas-Schacre, Lucie Ries, Meryem Baghdadi, Rachel Breton and Victoire Cachoux are doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows at ESPCI Paris – PSL, EPHE - PSL, ENS - PSL, Collège de France and Institut Curie. Their research work explores fields ranging from biology to computer science, including physics, within the laboratories and leading departments of Université PSL.

These six brilliant young researchers were selected from among more than 660 other candidates for the excellence of their application, the originality of their scientific project and their desire to pass on their passion to the young audiences. In addition to a research grant of €15,000 for doctoral students and €20,000 for post-doctoral fellows, they will each benefit from a training program to complement their scientific career and help them break the glass ceiling.

For 16 years, the L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" Young Talent Award has encouraged the emergence of a new balance of power in the scientific world. Each year, Université PSL invites young scientists to apply for this call for proposals and is particularly proud to claim so many of them among the winners.

 “We need to encourage young women in science to take the plunge!” , a joint interview with Fabienne Casoli (President of the Observatoire de Paris–PSL), Anne Christophe (Associate Director, Sciences, at ENS–PSL), Geneviève Almouzni (CNRS Research Director at the Institut Curie) and Annie Colin (Associate Director, Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes).

The winners


PSL also congratulates Irène Nagle, alumna ESPCI Paris - PSL and now a doctoral student at the école doctorale Physique en Île de France and the Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes.

Women in Science: encouraging and supporting initiatives to fill the gap

Less than 35% of the world's scientists are women and only about 30% of female students choose science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related fields in higher education. These percentages are changing, but women are still struggling to make a fair contribution to solving the world's crises - social, environmental or economic. Within Université PSL, many initiatives contribute to promoting the work of women in science at PSL, such as research chairs, associations, individual or collective projects, dedicated events.

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The PSL scientists who won the L'Oréal-UNESCO award for rising talents: in 2021; in 2020; in 2019, in 2018; in 2017.