UW scientist recognised with Rising Talent Grant


Assistant Professor Joanna Sułkowska from the Centre of New Technologies is among 15 young female scientists who received the International Rising Talent Grants.

The International Rising Talent Grants were established by the L’Oréal-UNESCO programme in 2014. Every year, 15 PhD students and post-doctoral Fellows are chosen among the former winners of the 250 fellowships awarded locally by L’Oréal subsidiaries and UNESCO around the world. These female scientists have the potential to change the world.


International Rising Talents represent countries in each world region, Africa & Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. There are 5 categories of the International Rising Talent Grants:

  • watching the brain at work,
  • on the road to conceiving new medical treatments,
  • finding potential new sources of drugs,
  • getting to the heart of matter,
  • examining the past to shed light on the future – or vice versa.


In 2017, Assistant Professor Joanna Sułkowska from the Centre of New Technologies is awarded the International Rising Talent Grant in the category: finding potential new sources of drugs. Scientist is a leader of the research group in the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Biological Systems Modelling which is interested in development of multi dimensional models for the analysis of energy landscape of proteins with complex structures, as proteins with non trivial topology; development of analytical methods as direct coupling analysis (DCA).


Recognized scientists will receive awards at the first annual International Rising Talents Gala on 21st March in Paris.


List of all awarded women is available on the UNESCO website.