Two members of the Gravity! team are awarded a L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship for Women in Science
On October 12 were announced in Paris the L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowships for Women in Science. Each year, these awards allow talented young woman scientists to pursue promising research projects. Two members of the Gravity! team were honored at this occasion.
Valerie Domcke is a PCCP fellow at Université Paris Diderot. She received her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Hamburg, then went to Trieste for a postdoctoral position before joining the Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics (PCCP) in October 2015. She is presently working on the physics of the early Universe and on gravitational waves. She is particularly interested in the connection between particle physics and the physics of the Universe .
Eleonora Capocasa is presently doing her Ph.D. at APC laboratory in the Virgo team (as a member of the LIGO-Virgo collaboration, she signed the gravitational wave discovery paper last February). She is working on ways to increase the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors.
Congratulations to both of them! And let us make the wish that their example will attract many more young women scientists to the field of gravitational wave astrophysics.