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EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics

The Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics was established in February 2013 to enhance the recognition of noteworthy women physicists with a strong connection to Europe through nationality or work.

The European Physical Society has established the Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics to:

  • bring noteworthy women physicists to the wider attention of the scientific community, policy makers and the general public;
  • identify role models that will help to attract women to a career in physics.
The scope includes personal achievements in areas such as research, education, outreach and industry.



The EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 2016 (Automn/Winter) was given to Dr. Patricia Bassereau.

List of recipients:

2016 Autumn/Winter Dr. Patricia Bassereau, Institut Curie, CNRS, France,
For her important and innovative work on the studies of soft matter and in vitro biological systems at the forefront  of the Physics-Biology science. Her rich and fruitful career is an inspiration for young women researchers.

2016 Spring/Summer Dr. Eva Monroy, CEA, France,
For playing a key role in the field of nitride semiconductor nanostructures. With her brilliant research and teaching activities, she is a model for women scientists.

2015 (Autumn) Prof. Sibylle Günter, IPP, Germany,
for her leading role in the study of the effects of microscopic physics on the large-scale behavior and stability of hot magnetized plasmas in fusion devices. With her solid scientific record, many leadership roles and mentoring of researchers and students, she is a model for women physicists.

2015 (Spring) Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland,
for pioneering contributions to the physics of semiconductor nanostructures and their applications in mesoscopic physics and energy harvesting.

2014 (Autumn) Prof. Anne L’Huillier, Faculty of Engineering, LTH in Lund, Sweden,
for playing a key role in a field at the interface of atomic and molecular physics and advanced optics, nonlinear optics and laser physics: high-order harmonic generation in gaseous media exposed to intense laser fields and its applications. Her rich and fruitful career is an inspiration for young women researchers”.

2014 (Spring) Dr. Rumiana Dimova, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany,
for her distinguished contributions to membrane biophysics, in particular for the important breakthroughs she has made in recent years in two major fields, namely electric field effects on membranes and aqueous microcompartments within vesicles, pioneering the use of new experimental techniques.

2013 (Autumn) Prof. Nynke Dekker, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands,
for her research including the study of different proteins on DNA and RNA, the development of novel, physics-based single molecule techniques for the measurement of DNA torque and twist, and the translocation of DNA and RNA through nanopores for structural determination.

2013 (Spring) Dr. Alessandra Gatti, Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies [IFN-CNR], Como, Italy
for pioneering contributions to the field of quantum imaging.
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