The 2019 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award and Lecture

Congratulations to Sara Linse, winner of the 2019 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award! Prof. Linse will deliver her award lecture at the 44th FEBS Congress.

EMBO and FEBS have just announced Sara Linse of Lund University, Sweden, as the recipient of the 2019 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award.

The FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award recognizes outstanding achievements of female researchers in the life sciences. In addition, the recipients are role models who inspire future generations of scientists. 

Sara Linse receives the award for her contribution to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of protein self-assembly in Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. In addition, the award recognizes her varied activities in support of science and society.

Linse says about receiving the award: “This is an extreme honor and a tribute to curiosity-driven basic science.”

Daniel Otzen of Aarhus University, Denmark, a research colleague in the amyloid field, says: “Sara Linse’s first article on protein aggregation really was a game changer. She courageously decided to tackle one of the most difficult peptides in the field, namely the amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide, which is critical in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.” And, he adds, having built on her earlier work on Aβ aggregation, “she is well on her way to developing therapies against Alzheimer’s disease based on her exquisite biophysical and molecular insight.”

Linse is known as a generous colleague and collaborator who shares ideas, results and samples freely and enthusiastically. She also serves the scientific community through her work on numerous committees, which includes chairing the Nobel Prize Committee for Chemistry. In addition, she has authored eight children’s books and founded two organizations committed to supporting children and young adults with autism and mental illness.

“Sara Linse is an astonishing role model who inspires other women to pursue careers in science and illustrates how it is possible to have a family life, support those with special needs, play vital roles in promoting scientific excellence, as well as carrying out original research of the highest quality,” says EMBO Member Chris Dobson, University of Cambridge, UK.

The 2019 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award of 10,000 euros and a bronze statuette will be presented to Linse on 7 July 2019 at the 44th FEBS Congress in Krakow, where she will present a plenary lecture.

To read more about the career and research of Sara Linse, see the biosketch on the Plenary Speakers page. 

About the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award

The Women in Science Award is a joint initiative of FEBS and EMBO. It recognizes and highlights major contributions by female scientists working in Europe to life sciences research in the past five years. The award includes a prize of 10,000 euros, a bronze statuette and the opportunity to give a plenary lecture at the FEBS Congress.

Nominations for the 2020 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award close on 15 October 2019.

For more information see www.embo.org/funding-awards/women-in-science-award or www.febs.org/our-activities/awards/febs-embo-women-in-science-award

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