Suffrage Science Award Recipients Announced

The Suffrage Science scheme celebrates the scientific achievements of women and their ability to inspire others into, and to remain within, scientific subjects. The awards recognise leading women in life sciences, engineering & physical sciences and mathematics & computing.

The scheme was founded in 2011 by the Institute of Medical Sciences at the London Medica Research Council on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Gender imbalance in STEM is often referred to as the ‘leaky pipeline’ due to the concerning fact that many women who begin a career in the field do not remain in the field for very long. In fact, according to WISE, women still only make up roughly 24% of those working in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Today, Friday 6 November 2020, 11 life scientists and science communicators, and 11 mathematicians and computer scientists, from all around the globe are recognised for their scientific achievements and the work they do to promote STEM for the next generation of women.

The 2020 Life Sciences award winners are:

  • Dr Kelly Nguyen, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
  • Professor Naomi Matsuura, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Professor Elspeth Garman, University of Oxford, UK
  • Dr Veronique Miron, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Cécile Martinat, I-STEM, France
  • Professor Zena Werb, University of California, San Francisco, USA
  • Professor Samantha Joye, University of Georgia, USA
  • Professor Gisou van der Goot, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Professor Karalyn Patterson, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor Laura Colgin, University of Texas Austin, USA
  • Professor Claudia Mazzà, University of Sheffield, UK

The 2020 Maths and Computing award winners are:

  • Dr Rhian Daniel, Cardiff University, UK
  • Dr Juhyun Park, Lancaster University, UK, and ENSIIE, France
  • Professor Apala Majumdar, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Professor Bianca de Stavola, University College London, UK
  • Professor Sara Lombardo, Loughborough University, UK
  • Professor Wendy Mackay, Inria, Paris-Saclay, France
  • Professor Yvonne Rogers, University College London, UK
  • Professor Alexandra Silva, University College London, UK
  • Professor Nobuko Yoshida, Imperial College London, UK
  • Dr Sue Sentance, King’s College London/Raspberry Pi Foundation, UK
  • Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, STEMettes, UK

Huge congratulations to them all!

For further information relating to the Suffrage Science Awards, have a look at the website.


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