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ARC fellows shine at the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards

ARC fellows shine at the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards

Image: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

Quantum physicist, ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Michelle Simmons, and cognitive neuroscientist, ARC Future Fellow Associate Professor Muireann Irish, are two prominent ARC-funded female researchers who have received prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards in Paris.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards are presented every year to five women, one from each world region (Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America) in recognition of their outstanding scientific accomplishments. Winner of the Asia-Pacific region, Professor Michelle Simmons—who is also the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) at The University of New South Wales (UNSW)—received her Laureate award for her “pioneering contributions to quantum and atomic electronics, constructing atomic transistors en route to quantum computers”.

Recognising the importance of highlighting and supporting the achievements of younger women who are in the early stages of their scientific careers, the awards also named fifteen 2017 International Rising Talent awards. ARC Future Fellow, Associate Professor Muireann Irish—who has recently moved to The University of Sydney from UNSW, received a 2017 International Rising Talent award in the category Watching the Brain at Work for her outstanding research recognising Alzheimers before the first signs appear.

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