2013 Irène Joliot-Curie Award: EADS And Its Corporate Foundation Promote Gender Equality In Science & Technology

Paris19 November 2013

  • The EADS Corporate Foundation and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research recognise achievements of four women scientists
  • Geneviève Fioraso, Minister of Higher Education and Research, and Marwan Lahoud, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of the EADS Group, present awards in Paris

With a new edition of the Irène Joliot Curie Prize, the EADS Corporate Foundation and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research have again confirmed their commitment to promote gender parity in science and technology. By recognizing the achievements of female scientists, the award highlights exemplary professional careers in both public and private research.

“The Laureates have the duty to inspire others, transmit their knowledge and promote scientific and technical culture within society. The aim of the Irène Joliot Curie prize is to eliminate stereotypes, which too often limit the career evolution of women as well as their initial career choice,” says Marwan Lahoud, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of EADS.

For the 12th edition of the award, the jury announced the following winners:

  • Valérie MASSON-DELMOTTE, "Woman Scientist of the Year"
    A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris, Valérie Masson-Delmotte is Research Director at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). She has been working for 20 years on understanding the mechanisms of climate change through a dual approach of detailed reconstructions from natural archives and modeling.
  • Wiebke DRENCKHAN, "Young Woman Scientist"
    After advanced studies in physics, and a PhD thesis at Trinity College in Dublin, Wiebke Drenckhan works now as a researcher at the CNRS within the Solid State Physics Laboratory in Orsay (Paris region). Her research activities focus on experiments and numerical simulations about hybrid environments containing air (foam).
  • Claire WYART, "Young Woman Scientist"
    After a PhD thesis in biophysics and neuroscience at the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Berkeley, Claire Wyart is now leader of the team "optogenetic dissection of spinal circuits underlying the locomotion" at the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute in Paris. She conducts innovative research in the field of motor control.
  • Véronique NEWLAND, "Woman Corporate Career"
    Founding Director of the company "NEW VISION Technology" (design and development of projects in "industrial and scientific vision"), design engineer Véronique Newland has been able, in her unusual career, to collect the scientific and technical knowledge in computing, optics, image processing required for her activity. In addition to this experience, her management and organization skills have made her a strong and recognized business leader.

The Irène Joliot-Curie Prize, which aims to promote parity in science and technology in France, has been organized for more than 10 years by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the EADS Corporate Foundation. To this end, it highlights the exemplary careers of women scientists who combine excellence and remarkable drive. Since 2011, the Academy of Sciences and Academy of Technologies are in charge of the constitution of the jury and the evaluation of applications.

Through many actions such as the Irène Joliot-Curie Prize, the EADS Corporate Foundation gives EADS the means to realize its commitment to furthering knowledge and research. This Foundation has embraced the same values as EADS: anticipation, ability to discover and nuture talents, respect of the diversity of researchers and the strength of their synergies.

About the EADS Corporate Foundation

Founded in 2004, the EADS Corporate Foundation aims to develop ties between public research and private research and invests in scientific projects of excellence. It also pursues corporate patronage activities, asserting its societal and ethical commitment in the scientific field.

Since its creation, the EADS Corporate Foundation has supported over 120 scientific and technologicalresearch projects and has established 12 teaching and research chairs, and honored nearly hundred men and women of sciences.

About EADS

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

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