10
February
2021

The FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award Lectures


The 45th FEBS Congress is honoured with plenary lectures from both the 2020 and the newly announced 2021 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award recipients!

The FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award recognizes major contributions by female scientists working in Europe to life sciences research in the past five years. The recipients are also inspiring role models for future generations of scientists. The annual award of 10,000 euros and a bronze statuette is presented at the FEBS Congress, where the prizewinner gives a plenary lecture. 

The 45th FEBS Congress is now looking forward to inspiring plenarylectures on contrasting research topics from the 2021 and 2020 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Awardees:

Molly Stevens of Imperial College London, UK, receives the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award 2021 for her innovative bioengineering approach that addresses key problems in regenerative medicine and biosensing. Her multidisciplinary research has not only advanced the understanding of interactions at the biomaterial interface but also been translated into the development of point-of-care tests for tumours and viruses such as HIV and Ebolavirus. These biosensors are designed to allow rapid diagnoses anywhere in the world. “I am humbled by this award which is a fantastic recognition of all the work that my team of brilliant researchers does. I'm continually inspired by them and by the potential for our science to change lives,” Stevens said about the award and her team. See the press release here.

FEBS 2021 plenary lecture:
Exploring the Interface between Living and Non-living Matter to Transform Health


Elly Tanaka of the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna BioCenter, Austria, receives the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award 2020 for her pioneering work developing a molecular understanding of limb and spinal cord regeneration. She developed new methods to study the phenomenon, which had previously been considered too complex to understand at a cellular level. Through her work inside and outside the lab, Tanaka has galvanized regeneration research worldwide. “It is a great honour to receive this recognition,” says Tanaka of receiving the award. “Working on this important problem and watching the regeneration field grow in size and activity during my career so far has been very exciting. I am proud to have played a part in its development and I look forward to seeing where it goes next.” See the press release here.

FEBS 2021 plenary lecture:
Decoding the Molecular Basis of Limb Regeneration

Join us on 5 July 14:30 for the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award Lectures session!

For more information about the awards, see the FEBS website here

Photo credits: Molly Stevens – David Vintiner, Imperial College London; Elly Tanaka – IMP/TkladlezIMP/Tkladlez.


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