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Women in Science

The AXA Research Fund supports 235 women researchers worldwide

Despite numerous clichés, women increasingly choose to embrace careers in science. Today, it is a reality for the AXA Research Fund, which is supporting 235 women scientists throughout the world engaged in fundamental research for the mitigation or prevention of major risks threatening our society. In all, 41,5% of the research scientists supported through AXA's scientific philanthropy program are women, compared with just 30% for the worldwide scientific community as a whole.*

"We are very proud to support a large community of women scientists around the world,”said Raphael Gusdorf, Chief Operating Officer of the AXA Research Fund. “Through their engagement and the level of excellence of their projects, their international careers and their ability to manage prominent, leading-edge research teams, they illustrate the advances made by women to earn their place in the global scientific community. These efforts must continue and the AXA Research Fund aims to contribute even more in this area in the years to come.”

Who are the 235 women scientists supported by AXA?

Women from 50 nationalities carry out top tier risk research in 27 countries, including Singapore, the United States and South Africa.

The 235 scientists include exceptional women heading major research programs, such as:

  1. Luisa DE COLA - AXA Chair on Supramolecular Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, aimed at improving health through the use of nanomaterials
  2. Manami INOUE - AXA Chair on Health and Human Security at the University of Tokyo, dedicated to understanding risk factors related to longevity, to improve public health
  3. Katharine CASHMAN - AXA Chair in Volcanology at Bristol University, aimed at understanding and attenuating volcanic catastrophes, for local communities and flight safety
  4. Carol JAGGER - AXA Chair on Longevity and Healthy Active Life at Newcastle University, aimed at studying the multiple factors that contribute to successful aging

80 researchers are involved in French centers, such as Sophia HANSSON (Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse), who is specialized in "the fate of legacy pollutants in food," and Celestine ATYAMA NTEN (Institut Pasteur) on "The effects of insecticides on virus transmission."

Key figures

235 women researcher from 50 nationalities supported by AXA Research Fund in leading research institutions from 27 countries to further knowledge on risks faced by our societies.